Book: State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, 2012
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Literature
Source + Date Read: Purchased + Feb. 2013
Recommend: Literature buffs. It’s an interesting story.
Book Pro’s: Err…. Yeah let’s go to GoodReads to explain this one: Award-winning “New York Times”-bestselling author Ann Patchett (Bel Canto, The Magician’s Assistant) returns with a provocative novel of morality and miracles, science and sacrifice set in the Amazon rainforest–a gripping adventure story and a profound look at the difficult choices we make in the name of discovery and love.
Book Con’s: I found some situations in the book to be quite… ridiculous.
HarperCollins have some good design people on staff. This particular cover is very well done, its colorful and yet modern and earthy. It lends itself to the book’s setting, in the jungle, without giving too much away. I was seduced by this cover and left adrift.
State of Wonder is a strong book by Ann Patchett. Everything about this just screams literature. Patchett touches on a variety of issues: morality, science vs. humanity, environmentalism and the role of the academic. It is intriguing that she could pack so many crucial elements into one story, yet Patchett does so with grace and style. The words just roll off the page creating a world-wind story that culminates in one earth-shattering moment.
It is these Earth-shattering moments that made me despise the book. The story is well written but I found it tedious and drawn out. I didn’t enjoy reading this, the content made me uncomfortable (which is fine, I like being uncomfortable as I appreciate it when authors strive to make readers question their morals, foundations and truths. So snaps for Patchett for undertaking such a dangerous task), but its slow pace and wholly dis-likeable characters blocked any message or nugget of truth from truly resonating with me.
This is a short review because I don’t know what else to say really. This book will make you sat WTF very loudly and there are some situations I find unforgivable, but then, such is life in a way. I don’t like the defeated attitude with which I write that, but that is what the story conveys.