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State of Wonder. Ann Patchett based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
I was sucked into this book and Patchett's lyrical prose within the first few pages. I loved it. Her descriptions of the Amazon and her word choices for sentences had me rereading passages as well as dreaming of traveling to Brazil to see the world she describes first hand. This is a book of layers. Although, early on it seems to be a mystery of what happened to Marina's colleague when he was in the jungles of the Amazon, but soon I found myself lost in the stories of what the scientists were doing in the jungle, what their experiments were about and the ethics involved, and if Marina would return home. There are multiple story lines arching together and Patchett expertly sets up the final scenes, dropping hints without the reader even realizing she is doing it. I found every chapter interesting and compelling and often forgot that the burning question of the book was what happened to Anders. I think that is a sign of a great book--when I am enjoying it so much I don't care if the original question is answered I just want to hear more of the story. The characters are flawed and make choices I would not agree with, but it does not detract from the story or my love of how this book read. My biggest compliment is that after reading State of Wonder, I can't wait to book a ticket into the heart of the Amazon. In my opinion, any book that inspires travel is a winner. Victoria Allman Author of: SEAsoned: A Chef's Journey with Her Captain