Thursday, February 2, 2012

Review of State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

 Rating - 3

Marina Singh is a researcher for a pharmaceutical company. When office colleague Anders Eckman, sent to the Amazon to check on the work of a field team, is reported dead, Marina is asked by her company"s CEO to complete Anders task and to locate his body. Once she's in the Amazon jungle with the team, Marina discovers that there is more to the story of Anders' death than anyone knew and that the field team has discovered something much more than the original assignment.
While elements of this story are interesting and exciting, it never seems to really go anywhere. The pace is very slow and by the end of the book, I felt let down.

1 comment:

  1. This is a remarkably intense novel. The protagonist, who is leading a quiet life at the books's onset, has harrowing experiences. More than that, she is faced with a number of difficult decisions in which she has to weigh her own inclinations against the demands of responsibility and morality. What makes it more difficult, is that it is not easy to decide what the boundaries of morality and responsibility are: the novel could form the basis for a study of ethics.