“State of Wonder” by Ann Patchett…


This book was recommended to me by several people who loved it. I agree – this was an interesting book to read. When I was not reading it… I was thinking about it. To me, that makes for a great book. If I can put the book down and completely forget about it-it may take me a while to pick it back up again.

“State of Wonder” takes the reader out of their element and into the Amazon Rainforest to a very remote lab where several doctors are attempting to create a drug for a large pharmaceutical company.

This book has interesting characters, great environmental descriptions and makes the reader think about the choices the characters faced with.

If you’ve read “State of Wonder,” I’d love to hear your comments. If not, this is a great book to add to your “to read” list!


http://www.goodreads.com describes the book:

Award-winning “New York Times”-bestselling author Ann Patchett (Bel Canto, The Magician’s Assistant) returns with a provocative novel of morality and miracles, science and sacrifice set in the Amazon rainforest–a gripping adventure story and a profound look at the difficult choices we make in the name of discovery and love.

Side Note: I have also read “Bel Canto” by the same author and it remains one of my favorite books.

Please check out the “reading now…” section of my blog for my current book.


3 responses »

  1. I think I enjoy thinking about it more than I enjoyed reading it sadly. I read it on the back of recommendations from those who adored it as well. I just didn’t fall into it like I hoped to and I kept waiting for the characters to reveal more or do something more, everyone seemed to be holding back – except Anders wife, she was the only voice saying ‘Hang on a minute, how do you know?’ but she has the smallest part of all and even her voice wasn’t sufficient to make her act.

    • I have heard many people say they loved this book, but had a few friends that did not like it at all. I really enjoyed it. I was always stunned over and over by the lack of empathy in Dr. Swenson. I thought she was quite an interesting character.

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