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A State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Jan 31, 2013
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pp_062711_stateOfWonder-460x272Another haunting tale of captivity, culture clash and love from Patchett, whose Bel Canto was a wonder of a novel. The Amazon, the main setting for this novel, is itself a State of Wonder, a sort of lotus-land jungle that combines the vaguely threatening with a golden haze of passivity and credulousness. Don’t miss the short story that grew out of State of Wonder (see the author Q & A in the back of the book), which illustrates Patchett’s ability to draw distinctive, quirky secondary characters; you will forgive the fact that her major characters can be elusive and lacking in believability. Redemption, obsession — and the love letters are some of the best you will ever read.




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