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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 mundanefrom 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 measureseven 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 )
“Patchett is a master storyteller who has an entertaining habit of dropping ordinary people into extraordinary and exotic circumstances to see what they’re made of. [An] expansive page-turner…Patchett’s fluid prose dissolves in the suspense of this out-there adventure…that readers will hate to see end.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review) )
“[A] spellbinder from bestselling author Patchett[.][...] Thrilling, disturbing and moving in equal measures—even better than Patchett’s breakthrough Bel Canto (2001).” (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. [P]owerful and captivating.” (Library Journal (starred review) ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Had a very hard time reading this book, just blah and very draggy and very dark and not sunshiny like it was suppossed to be when they went to the beach. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Rhonda
After reading Bell Canto, which I admit took a bit of time for me to get into, but then I loved it, I found State of Wonder to be a great letdown. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Greer Jansen
It felt as if I was really there experiencing it all; in Venezuela, in the jungle, part of the list of characters, learning how to live in the jungle. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Susan Taylor
This is a review from someone who isn't an avid reader.
Not enough to keep me attached to the novel, near the middle of the book, felt like it was a chore to read because I... Read more
After reading Bel Canto, which is a truly sublime piece of writing by author Ann Patchett, I thought I would give State of Wonder a whirl. Read morePublished 24 months ago by AMR
I read this. I waited for the story to pick up and get going. It didn't, however it did resinate something....Published on June 21 2013 by Clinkdrew
If you already have an unfavorable view of pharmaceutical companies this book will do nothing to assuage that view. Read morePublished on May 28 2012 by little lady blue
My mum recommended this book to me after she'd read it as I work in Fertility. I, however, found it very boring, slow and pointless. I would not recommend this book to anyone. Read morePublished on May 12 2012 by louise mcneill
Although I really enjoyed Bel Canto, this book definitely tops that one. I was drawn in right from the start, and now that I am finished it, I miss the characters, and find myself... Read morePublished on May 5 2012 by A. Houston