Characters[ edit ] Dr. Swenson Plot summary[ edit ] The novel opens with Dr. Marina Singh reading a letter from Dr.
Tell a friend about this book Ann Patchett A provocative and ambitious novel set deep in the Amazon jungle. Marina Singh, a research scientist with a Minnesota pharmaceutical company, is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr.
Annick Swenson, who seems to have all but disappeared in the Amazon while working on what is destined to be an extremely valuable new drug, the dev Nothing about Marina's assignment is easy: Swenson is, but the last person who was sent to find her, Marina's research partner Anders Eckman, died before he could complete his mission.
Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding her former mentor as well as answers to several troubling questions about her friend's death, the state of her company's future, and her own past.
Swenson, now in her seventies, is as ruthless and uncompromising as she ever was back in the days of Grand Rounds at Johns Hopkins. With a combination of science and subterfuge, she dominates her research team and the natives she is studying with the force of an imperial ruler.
But while she is as threatening as anything the jungle has to offer, the greatest sacrifices to be made are the ones Dr.
Swenson asks of herself, and will ultimately ask of Marina, who finds she may still be unable to live up to her teacher's expectations.
In a narrative replete with poison arrows, devouring snakes, and a neighboring tribe of cannibals, State of Wonder is a world unto itself, where unlikely beauty stands beside unimaginable loss.
It is a tale that leads the reader into the very heart of darkness, and then shows us what lies on the other side. Includes at the back of the book - 2 page bio of author; 5 page essay by author on why she never writes short stories with the exception of the 5 page short story, Studies in Modern Mycology, that follows; and 4 page annotated bibliography of 4 more books by the author.Ann Patchett Homework Help Questions.
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The main themes of Ann Patchett's 'State Of Wonder. The result is an essay collection with a structure that's more akin to Patchett's six novels — including her most famous, Bel Canto — than to her two earlier books of nonfiction.
Dec 18, · State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. This topic is not marked as primarily about any work, author or other topic. Ann Patchett has dazzled readers with her award-winning books, including The Magician’s Assistant and the New York Times bestselling Bel Canto.
Now she raises the bar with State of Wonder, a provocative and ambitious novel set deep in the Amazon jungle. Since the word "essay" (with its connotation of homework and medicinal taste) may still be considered marketing poison by publishers, the back cover copy of Ann Patchett's new collection, "The.
Ann Patchett raises the bar with State of Wonder, a provocative and ambitious novel set deep in the Amazon jungle. Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr.
Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the .