State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

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21 Critic Reviews

The more I read, the more I liked this book. The novel has a maturity level which I cannot put my finger on, but it is a pleasure to be engrossed.
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Synopsis

“Expect miracleswhen you read Ann Patchett’s fiction.”—New YorkTimes Book Review

Award-winning, New York Times bestsellingauthor Ann Patchett returns with a provocative andassured novel of morality and miracles, science and sacrifice set in the Amazonrainforest. Infusing the narrative with the same ingenuity and emotionalurgency that pervaded her acclaimed previous novels Bel Canto, Taft, Run, The Magician’s Assistant, and ThePatron Saint of Liars, Patchett delivers anenthrallingly innovative tale of aspiration, exploration, and attachment in State of Wonder—a gripping adventurestory and a profound look at the difficult choices we make in the name ofdiscovery and love.

 

About Ann Patchett

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Ann Patchett is the author of six novels and two books of nonfiction. She is the winner of the PEN/ Faulkner Award, England's Orange Prize, and the Book Sense Book of the Year. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She is the co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee.
 
Published June 7, 2011 by HarperCollins e-books. 401 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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All: 21 | Positive: 18 | Negative: 3

NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Fernanda Eberstadt on Jun 17 2011

“State of Wonder” is an engaging, consummately told tale.

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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Jun 01 2011

It takes the sting of Swenson, the sci-fi edge of the drug research...to jolt “State of Wonder” up to the level of Ms. Patchett’s usual work.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Stephen J Burn on Jun 24 2011

...merges the two kingdoms in the story of a pharmacologist, Marina Singh, who travels into the Amazonian jungle to spend time with the mysterious Lakashi tribe.

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Blog Critics

Excellent
Reviewed by ManOfLaBook on Jun 27 2012

The more I read, the more I liked this book. The novel has a maturity level which I cannot put my finger on, but it is a pleasure to be engrossed.

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NPR

Excellent
Reviewed by Maureen Corrigan on Jun 20 2011

This is a masterpiece of a novel about the awful price of love and the terror of its inevitable loss.

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Globe and Mail

Excellent
Reviewed by Lydia Millet on Jun 10 2011

...what I found in State of Wonder was the highly readable, determinedly personal tale of a pharmaceutical researcher who journeys into the Brazilian rain forest...

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LA Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Carolyn Kellogg on Jun 05 2011

Patchett creates a compelling mystery, and yet Singh...remains a tourist, one who never learns the languages around her, who finds the Lakashi's phonetics too foreign to even learn their names.

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The Independent

Excellent
Reviewed by Lesley McDowell on Jun 05 2011

From the might of pharmaceutical control to tribeswomen chewing bark: the mystery of the creation of life underpins it all.

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The Telegraph

Excellent
Reviewed by Helen Brown on Jun 03 2011

But Patchett’s latest novel really is something special and worth considering for all the literary prizes, festivals and reading groups going this year.

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The Seattle Times

Below average
Reviewed by Ellen Emry Heltzel on Jun 11 2011

Unlike..."Bel Canto," which told the tale of terrorists taking over an elegant birthday bash, this new novel lacks the imaginative reach and nuanced touch of that remarkable book.

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Chicago Tribune

Excellent
Reviewed by Laura Ciolkowski

Part scientific thriller, part engaging personal odyssey, "State of Wonder" is a suspenseful jungle adventure with an unexpected ending and other assorted surprises.

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New Zealand Listener

Below average
Reviewed by Jane Westaway on Jul 30 2011

If only she had explained less and trusted her reader more, this would have been a memorable book.

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Fiction Writers Review

Excellent
Reviewed by Jackie Reitzes on Nov 16 2011

In her sixth novel, State of Wonder, Ann Patchett launches a contemporary woman on a personal and professional journey, delivering an ambitious narrative and an entertaining read.

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Statesman.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Denise Gamino on Jun 18 2011

It's all part of a sweeping adventure story that picks you up and won't let go of you until the last, surprising page.

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The Cresset

Excellent
Reviewed by Jennifer Miller

...Patchett’s novel tells a story that spans continents, decades, and ideologies, and through the contrast of cold and warm, past and present, science and industry, nature and culture, immerses readers in a world...

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Rhapsody in Books

Good
Reviewed by Jill on Jul 22 2011

If you don’t have Freudian issues with jungles, Patchett is an excellent wordsmith, and there is enough here to keep a book club talking for a very, very long time.

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The Mookse and the Gripes

Good
Reviewed by The Mookse and the Gripes on Jun 17 2011

It’s a nicely developed story, even if for me it was a bit hard to believe in Mr. Fox’s insistence that Marina head to the jungle on her own.

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Take Me Away

Good
Reviewed by Jenny on May 09 2012

It was definitely an escape for me to travel to the Amazon, and State of Wonder is not without it's surprises! I loved this book and am glad I had the opportunity to read this!

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Tina's Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Tina on Jun 11 2012

This was my first Ann Patchett novel, and I must say as a reader Im left in a state of wonder trying to describe Patchett's stunning literary prose.

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Lit and Life

Good
Reviewed by Lisa on May 22 2012

Patchett's writing blends both a lyricism and starkness and her characters are wonderfully realized.

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My Porch

Good
Reviewed by Thomas on Jul 19 2011

The other thing that really impresses me about Patchett is her ability to write about worlds that she doesn't inhabit. Her lastest creation is a group of drug researchers along the Amazon.

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