State of Wonder by Ann PatchettAs Dr. Marina Singh embarks upon an uncertain odyssey into the insect-infested Amazon, she will be forced to surrender herself to the lush but forbidding world that awaits within the jungle. Charged with finding her former mentor Dr. Annick Swenson, a researcher who has disappeared while working on a valuable new drug, she will have to confront her own memories of tragedy and sacrifice as she journeys into the unforgiving heart of darkness.
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In State of Wonder , Ann Patchett charts the changes in a doctor's life when she is sent to investigate the death of a research colleague among a remote Amazon tribe whose women unexplainably remain fertile well into old age. Also, they may have the cure for malaria. I was really interested in malaria—Africa would have been better for malaria, or Indonesia—but then I thought, oh, not another continent! The Amazon is really excellent for the imagination. Did you travel there to do research for the book? I did.
If it's not hot and buggy enough for you this summer, join Ann Patchett for a trip deep into the Amazon, where the moths have "wings the size of handkerchiefs. Read Mike Fischer's review of "State of Wonder". Some early reviewers have likened "State of Wonder" to Joseph Conrad's famous novel about a trip down a river into the heart of the jungle. But the author said she didn't think about "Heart of Darkness" and her novel until she was about halfway through it. The main influence on this book, Patchett said, was Werner Herzog, particularly his films "Fitzcarraldo" and "Aguirre, the Wrath of God," both about obsessives and both set in the unforgiving Amazon.
"Expect miracles when you read Ann Patchett's fiction."—New York Times Book Review. Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Ann Patchett returns .
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Marina Singh, a medical researcher at a pharmaceutical company in Minnesota, is sent deep into the Amazon basin to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of Anders Eckman, her lab partner. Anders had originally been dispatched to Brazil to bring back news of Dr. Distressingly, Dr. Swenson had become uncommunicative about both the progress of her study and her whereabouts. The rest of the body goes along its path to destruction while the reproductive system stays daisy fresh. This is the end of I.
State of Wonder is a novel by American author Ann Patchett. It is the story of pharmacologist Marina Singh, who journeys to Brazil to bring back information about seemingly miraculous drug research being conducted there by her former teacher, Dr. Annick Swenson. It was critically well received, and was nominated for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize and the Orange Prize for Fiction , among other nominations. The novel opens with Dr.