Sunday, December 18, 2011
This book is the story of Marina Singh and her journey to the Amazon for the pharmaceutical company she works for, Vogel, to find her former mentor and discover what happened to her colleague Anders. What Marina discovers is beyond what she imagined and her time in the Amazon does leave her in a State of Wonder.
Here we have the big pharmaceutical company concerned only about profits, doctors and reseachers wanting to do further work and thus hide their intentions from the company and one woman coming to terms with her past and moving forward. The characters are well developed, complex and interesting people. I will say the book took a bit of time to "take off" but once I was into the middle I understood the reasons for laying down all the details in the beginning.
There are unanswered questions at the end of this book, but I rather liked that Ann Patchett didn't write a nice compact ending.
This is the first book I've read by Ann Patchett and I would like to read some of her other ones. This wasn't a quick read and you really need to be in the mood for a book that makes you think and leaves you wondering.