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State of Wonder [Format Kindle]

Ann Patchett
3.5 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (4 commentaires client)

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“An engaging, consummately told tale.” (New York Times)

“Emotionally lucid. . . . Patchett is at her lyrical best when she catalogues the jungle.” (The New Yorker)

“This is surely the smartest, most exciting novel of the summer.” (Washington Post)

“The Amazon setting is something Patchett does rather marvelously.… The book is serious, but also so pleasurable that you hope it won’t end.” (NPR)

“Outlandishly entertaining…[with] a brilliantly constructed plot.” (Elle)

“Packs a textbook’s worth of ethical conundrums into a smart and tidily delivered story. . . . Ms. Patchett presents an alluring interplay between civilization and wilderness, between aid and exploitation.” (Wall Street Journal)

“The large canvas of sweeping moral issues, both personal and global, comes to life through careful attention to details, however seemingly mundane—from ill-fitting shoes and mosquito bites to a woman tenderly braiding another woman’s hair.” (O, the Oprah Magazine)

“A spellbinder from bestselling author Patchett. . . . Thrilling, disturbing and moving in equal measures—even better than Patchett’s breakthrough Bel Canto.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“A superbly rendered novel. . . . Patchett’s portrayal is as wonderful as it is frightening and foreign. Patchett exhibits an extraordinary ability to bring the horrors and the wonders of the Amazon jungle to life, and her singular characters are wonderfully drawn. . . . Powerful and captivating.” (Library Journal (starred review))

“A thrilling new novel. . . . The world imagined in this novel is unusually vivid. . . . Reading State of Wonder is a sensory experience, and even after it’s over you’ll keep hearing the sounds of insects, and your own head will still be hot.” (No Source)

“A thrilling new novel. . . . The world imagined in this novel is unusually vivid. . . . Reading State of Wonder is a sensory experience, and even after it’s over you’ll keep hearing the sounds of insects, and your own head will still be hot.” (MORE Magazine)

“Patchett makes the jungle jump off the page…This is Patchett’s best effort since The Patron Saint of Liars and, yes, that includes Bel Canto” (Shelf Awareness)

“Extraordinary. . . . Is there nothing the prodigiously talented Ann Patchett can’t do? . . . Patchett’s last knockout pages proceed full-speed ahead, with more twists and turns and trachery than the Amazon River. Nothing is as it seems, and the ending is as shocking as it’s satisfying.” (Boston Globe)


In fluid and remarkably atmospheric prose, Patchett captures not only the sights and sounds of the chaotic jungle environment but also the struggles and sacrifice of dedicated scientists. --Booklist

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 401 pages
  • Editeur : HarperCollins e-books; Édition : Reprint (7 juin 2011)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 State of Wonder -- evaluation 23 septembre 2013
Format:Poche|Achat vérifié
Patchett creates sympathy thru caracters in contraste to hostile situations ie nature/malevolence - The protagoniste is eminently polyvalent & aimiable as she pentrates deep forests & human plotting to prevent her from .... The context evokes 'Mosquito Coast' - the occidental out-of-place ... great reading, can't put it down
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A 3.5 read - good but not great 13 avril 2013
Format:Poche|Achat vérifié
I really like Ann Patchett but find myself ambivalent to her characters. This was very well written although I didn't care about anyone enough to feel invested in the story. But she is a good writer there is no doubt so I am always curious to see what she comes up with. Nearly a four star read but not quite.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 exotic 22 février 2014
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
Great story, with an interesting twist at the very end. Puts you into Amazonian jungle, pharmacological research, love story, everything is there to make this enjoyable and exciting reading.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 State of Wonder 30 août 2013
Par Anonymous
Format:Poche|Achat vérifié
Un peu invraisemblable avec personnages un peu difficile à sentir, mais beaux descriptifs de l'Amazonie et un bon livre d'évasion.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Not Wondrous Enough 7 juin 2011
Par Jill I. Shtulman - Publié sur Amazon.com
When one leading publication says to "expect miracles", a book has a lot to live up to. And indeed, in many areas, State of Wonder does meet its hype. Its vivid sense of place, for example, is truly magnificent. One can almost feel hear the buzzing and ravenous mosquitoes, feel the oppressive heat, recoil from the floating snake heads, and feel the power of the storms.

But at the end of the day, I was torn between one crucial question: is a book that is realistic also authentic? How do the two concepts merge...and how do they differ?

Ann Patchett, in State of Wonder, revisits the contemporary adventure story genre, with a provocative tale of an emotionally crippled doctor - Marina Singh - who embarks on an odyssey to the Amazon after learning that her pharma colleague Anders died there. His wife doesn't believe it...and her boss and love interest, Mr. Fox, entreats her to go there to find out what is going on.

He is, after all, invested in the outcome of the research that is going on there. Dr. Annick Swenson - formidable and inscrutable - has been there for years, reportedly working on a new drug that will have a massive effect on female fertility, with the prospect of making his company very rich. Dr. Swenson was Marina's former mentor and her associations with her are fearsome. As a result, the journey to the heart of darkness for Marina is also a plunge into her own emotional terrors.

The exploration of these terrors - along with the world of the Amazon and the Lakisha tribe - are masterfully done. But for me, in the end, the characters became sacrificed to the plot, pacing, and setting.

I did not believe in the relationship between Marina and her widowed older boss, Mr. Fox; neither seemed capable of sustaining it. Nor was the relationship between Marina and her doomed colleague fully developed. There were a number of missteps. For example, Marina must take a drug called lariam - a malaria preventative that can have major emotional side effects. She chooses to dump the lariam in the trash, exposing herself to almost certain malaria. As someone who has traveled to the region, I know that doxcycline can be used (not quite as effectively) for those who cannot take lariam.

Dr. Swenson comes across as very one-dimensional - uncompromising and rigid. Yet (no spoilers), she eventually produces a part of the puzzle based on supposition - which does not fit her character and beliefs. There are many examples of ways in which the characters did not react in an authentic manner, but to enumerate all of them would create spoilers.

It is always a little disconcerting to me when I am at odds with a majority of reviewers whose opinions I respect. I DO recommend State of Wonder for those who love plot-driven adventure stories that are well-written and have a strong sense of place. But for those of us who err towards characters, I can recommend only with qualifications.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Ann Patchett is a goddess 8 avril 2011
Par EJ - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I am amazed by Ann Patchett's ability to write such riveting books about such a breadth of topics. Bel Canto (P.S.) is one of the most beautiful books I've ever read, and I never thought she'd be able to match that. With this book, I think she has come close.

State of Wonder is the tale of an epic journey. After an employee of a pharmaceutical company dies in the Amazon, a fellow researcher is sent to find out exactly what happened to him. She is also tasked with clarifying on the company's behalf exactly how much progress has been made on the drug being studied there. The visual picture of the Amazon painted by Patchett is vivid and captivating and the characters are very well-defined and sharply rendered. The plot moves along at a nice pace, though admittedly it does slow a bit in the middle.

As for criticism, the science in the book is a little vague and seems slightly "off". However, the experiments are a sort of backdrop and not the main focus so it's not that big a deal. And Patchett does manage to cover an awful lot of political and ethical issues related to drug development and reproduction that are so nuanced as to appear to occur using sleight-of-hand.

Overall, another very strong book from Patchett and a definite recommend.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Strange and unbelievable 11 juin 2011
Par A Reader - Publié sur Amazon.com
I can't be the only reader completely astonished by the gushing reviews for this book. The lead character, Marina, is frustratingly, irritatingly passive. If you really examine her scenes she almost never makes full statements, while other people talk in long long passages at her. She does things because people tell her to, she has no spine until the last moments. She is haunted by nightmares that add nothing to the story. On top of all that, the natives (named, I learned on NPR, after Patchett's favorite breakfast cereal) are not humanized at all. We don't get to know any one of them -- not a one -- as a real human being. Basing them on a breakfast cereal is almost offensive. Lastly, the medical aspect of this is just absurd. Chewing on trees?! Really?? And if this wasn't enough, Patchett has added a further discovery besides life-long fertility, an anti-malarial component, that results from all the bark-chewing. How many miraculously implausible medical discoveries can one book take? The ending is bewildering, giving us no clue as to what to make of Marina by the end. Did Patchett mean this story to be comic? (She speaks often in interviews of thinking herself funny, although no one seems to get her humor.) A very frustrating read, perhaps more satisfying to critics than to a regular reader.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 I Feel Insulted 6 novembre 2011
Par Chris - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
I am amazed that neither Ann Patchett nor her publisher, Harper Collins, bothered to spend 5 minutes fact-checking State of Wonder. I am a fan, enjoyed Bel Canto and then read her other novels. Reviews of State of Wonder were gushingly positive, and since I am an OB GYN, I had a connection to the subject-- search for a fertility drug in the Amazon, missing scientist, I couldn't wait!

With both main characters being OB GYNs, I would have expected Ms Patchett to know that the residency is 4 yrs long, not five. The description of medical education is like nothing I have seen. Third year medical students and residents would not be attending the same lectures. Grand Rounds does not involve putting a trainee on the spot, it is a lecture by an expert. A fertility specialist would not publish articles about gyn surgery. There is no such thing as a "classic T incision" in a c section; the list of errors goes on. You don't have to be an MD to know that an epidemiologist does not give a traveler vaccinations; he studies disease outbreaks in populations. Scientific words and terms are sprinkled in as if for "seasoning", in a nonsensical fashion.

I don't know what to make of the characters addressing each other as Dr., or Mr., in the most intimate of relationships, personal and professional. I don't know anybody who is that formal with colleagues or students.

I did not expect science fiction when I read this novel, so I will not comment on the impossibility of the fertility drug and quest for eternal youth at the heart of the story. But what could the reason be for not making any attempt to frame the story authentically, and not to bother with basic fact checking? All of these errors were like little pebbles in my shoe as I read the book. From the interview above, I see that Ms Patchett prepared for writing the book by visiting the amazon for 10 days, and hated it. She might have spent an hour talking with a physician and scientist, even if she hated it.

I assume that Ms Patchett and her publisher were in a rush to get the book published, and they thought the readers would not notice factual errors. Well I noticed, and I am insulted by their lack of respect for their readers.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 'State of Wonder' contains no 'wonder' 29 juillet 2011
Par V. Webb - Publié sur Amazon.com
I absolutely love books which tell the story of people and places most of us will never have a chance to encounter in real life. In these stories (fiction or nonfiction), I absolutely must get the impression that the author has an in-depth knowledge of the locale he or she is describing and a multilayered understanding of the local societies and cultures.

Ann Patchett provides a bland, stereotyped, pretentious portrayal of the jungle, the local tribal people, and the professors that are apparently on some sort of rogue medical adventure (their research going unreported to the drug company that continues to fund them.....not a plausible scenario in real life). I have a degree in Anthropology from a world renowned university and never once did I ever hear one of my professors (even the old, white haired, spectacle sporting types)refer to indigenous people as "an intractable race. Any progress you advance to them will be undone before your back is turned". Granted, it is the harsh, unlikable 'Dr. Swensen' who says this, however, after years in the jungle and multiple degrees I highly doubt any professor would make such an ignorant statement.

In another passage, after the Lakashi tribe swims out in an attempt to board a boat, one of the other banal, dumb doctors in the jungle, makes the statement "They only want a little recognition. If you don't acknowledge what they're doing they just keep doing it. Frankly, I don't think they're such good swimmers. You can't drown half the tribe on the way to the trading post". Is this Patchett's attempt at a joke? As if a group of people living on the banks of the Amazon would allow their tribe to drown trying to get on a boat with a bunch of crotchety, white doctors. Quite frankly, if it came down to a competition as to who could survive the Amazon River, I'm sure it would be the tribal people with the last laugh. Throughout the entire novel the local people have no agency, no voice. They are a barely clad, spear waving, hallucinogen ingesting, silent, ignorant stereotype. One gets the feeling that Patchett herself hates the jungle and has based her entire novel on early colonial descriptions of encounters with exotic peoples and places. It does not even appear she has ever watched the National Geographic Channel, for god-sakes.

This novel contains absolutely no wonder whatsoever. The characters are weak and boring, especially the main character, Marina, who is also as dumb as a box of rocks (terrified by seeing a local boy jump in the water, thinking he will drown, she breaks into tears, never mind that he was raised on the Amazon River). It's as if some suburb dwelling, uneducated, white evolutionist has written a novel about what they believe a dangerous, 'primitive' jungle would be like. I prefer to read novels that convey a sense of wonder and respect. Don't waste your time with this book.
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