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State of Wonder

de Ann Patchett, Gaëlle Rey (Traductor)

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A researcher at a pharmaceutical company, Marina Singh journeys into the heart of the Amazonian delta to check on a field team that has been silent for two years--a dangerous assignment that forces Marina to confront the ghosts of her past.
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Kindle book.KIRKUS REVIEWA pharmacologist travels into the Amazonian heart of darkness in this spellbinder from bestselling author Patchett (Run, 2007, etc.).Marina Singh is dispatched from the Vogel pharmaceutical company to Brazil to find out what happened to her colleague Anders Eckman, whose death was announced in a curt letter from Annick Swenson. Anders had been sent to check on Dr. Swenson?s top-secret research project among the Lakashi tribe, whose women continue to bear children into their 60s and 70s. If a fertility drug can be derived from whatever these women are ingesting, the potential rewards are so enormous that Swenson has been pursuing her work for years with scant oversight from Vogel; the company doesn?t even know exactly where she is in the Amazon. Marina, who went into pharmacology after making a disastrous mistake as an obstetrics resident under Dr. Swenson?s supervision, really doesn?t want to see this intimidating woman again, but she feels an obligation to her friend Anders and his grief-stricken wife. So she goes to Manaus, seeking clues to Dr. Swenson?s location in the jungle. By the time the doctor turns up unexpectedly, Patchett has skillfully crafted a portrait from Marina?s memories and subordinates? comments that gives Swenson the dark eminence of Joseph Conrad?s Mr. Kurtz. Engaged like Kurtz in godlike pursuits among the natives, Swenson is performing some highly unorthodox experiments, the ramifications of which have even more possibilities than Vogel imagines. Indeed, the multiple and highly dramatic developments that ensue once Marina gets to the Lakashi village might seem ridiculous, if Patchett had not created such credible characters and a dreamlike milieu in which anything seems possible. Nail-biting action scenes include a young boy?s near-mortal crushing by a 15-foot anaconda, whose head Marina lops off with a machete; they?re balanced by contemplative moments that give this gripping novel spiritual and metaphysical depth, right down to the final startling plot twist.Thrilling, disturbing and moving in equal measureseven better than Patchett?s breakthrough Bel Canto (2001).
  bentstoker | Jan 26, 2024 |
The reviews on goodreads are mixed re this book and I understand some of the criticism. On the down side for me, the story dragged a little while the characters were stuck in the small town before heading into the jungle. But everything prior to and after that was a page turner. I couldn't wait to find out what happened next. ( )
  ellink | Jan 22, 2024 |
Didn't love this one as much as Bel Canto but still a very good book. ( )
  secondhandrose | Oct 31, 2023 |
I enjoyed it but it didn't stay with me like some of her other books. ( )
  Bebe_Ryalls | Oct 20, 2023 |
Having received news that her colleague has died in the Amazon during a pharmaceutical research trip, Dr. Marina Singh is tasked with finding out what progress he had made on an innovative new drug under the supervision of an elusive doctor who has not been heard from in two years.

From the beautiful, lush descriptions of the Amazon to the complex relationships between characters, I loved every single second of this book. I adored the ending (and was one of those girls who cry on public transit because of it) and really loved how there was an air of mystery that was subtly present throughout. I don't know about you, but there's something about a stunning work of literature with a scientific premise that just gets me every single time. ( )
  cbwalsh | Sep 13, 2023 |
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In her latest novel, Ann Patchett, author of the beloved Bel Canto, takes her readers down the Amazon and deep into the rain forest in a book that is part adventure story, part morality tale...This book may be on a lot of book club lists already — but with good reason...
afegit per Jcambridge | editaNPR, Lynn Neary (Jan 1, 2012)
 
State of Wonder is heavy with literary parallels (to Henry James, to Greek myth), but in this respect the strongest links are to Heart of Darkness, a novel that Patchett substantially rewrites, with Conrad's male text repopulated with female characters (Swenson is this book's Kurtz). It lacks the developed emotional core of Patchett's earlier books, but it is her most mature work to date, a novel that tries to be more alive to the nerve ends of philosophical life than to the simpler machinery of character motivation.
 
“State of Wonder” is an engaging, consummately told tale. Patchett’s deadpan narrative style showcases a dry humor that enables her to wed, with fine effect, the world of “Avatar” or the “Odyssey” with that of corporate board meetings, R&D reports and peer review...

“State of Wonder” is an immensely touching novel, although as with much of Patchett’s work, its emotional impact is somewhat muted by her indefatigable niceness.
 
Nail-biting action scenes include a young boy’s near-mortal crushing by a 15-foot anaconda, whose head Marina lops off with a machete; they’re balanced by contemplative moments that give this gripping novel spiritual and metaphysical depth, right down to the final startling plot twist.
afegit per Shortride | editaKirkus Reviews (Feb 1, 2011)
 

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Nom de l'autorCàrrecTipus d'autorObra?Estat
Patchett, Annautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Rey, GaëlleTraductorautor principaltotes les edicionsconfirmat
Daddio, Jennifer AnnDissenyadorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Davis, HopeReaderautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Duval, NateAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Ferguson, ArchieDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Löcher-Lawrence, WernerTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Mann, DavidDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Montijn, Hienautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Sporrong, DorotheeTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat

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Had they thought for a minute that things might turn out the way they did they never would have had the courage to begin. Marina's own birth had been engendered by naïvité: her mother's, thinking that love would win out over the pull of an entire country; her father's, thinking he could leave a country behind for one Minnesotan. Had they not been so hopeful and guileless her birth would have been impossible. (p. 53)
When Marina got back to the lab, Dr. Nancy Saturn was explaining the relationship between the Martin trees and the purple martinets to Mr. Fox, and Thomas Nkomo was showing him the charts to pregnancies, birth wights, live births and they were all lying to him in everything they chose not to tell. (p. 312)
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