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State of Wonder

2 Ratings: 4.0
A book by Ann Patchett

Product Description  Ann Patchett has dazzled readers with her award-winning books, includingThe Magician's Assistantand theNew York TimesbestsellingBel Canto. Now she raises the bar withState of Wonder, a provocative and ambitious novel set … see full wiki

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Author: Ann Patchett
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Harper
2 reviews about State of Wonder
review by . July 22, 2011
Ann Patchett's very successful latest book (#24 in Amazon sales as of this review) is the first of hers I've read, and it is quite entertaining.  About halfway through, I realized how much it was a straight retelling of Conrad's even more gothic and classic Heart of Darkness.        And at that point, Marina Singh, Patchett's hero, hadn't even met her Kurtz yet in the jungle--that would be Dr. Annick Swenson, Singh's med school professor and …
review by . May 26, 2011
I struggled with how to rate this book because of the gap between my expectations and the reality. When you're talking about an author as good as Ann Patchett (author of Bel Canto), it's easy to have high expectations, but that can also shoot you in the foot when you expect every book to be as good as those which came before. What I did not get in this book was the elegantly impressive prose that I expected, based on the author's previous work. What I DID get was an interesting story about pharmaceutical …
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