Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday Books

Oh, boy! State of Wonder by Ann Patchett is a GOOD book!! Definitely a 5-star book. When I'd read the first third-to-half of it, I was describing it as "dark." That's because it takes place in a jungle, the protagonist is not comfortable with the heat, the huge insects, the snakes, the thick undergrowth... all those things made me kind of squirmy, too. And there's kind of a mystery that is not a happy one.

But... by the end I would no longer call this a dark story. At the end of the book I sat there thinking "Wow!" Not many books can do that to me.

The protagonist goes through a lot of new and strange experiences, and learns a lot as she goes through them. I felt that transformation along with her.. no longer thinking of the jungle as such a dark setting, for example.

I don't want to give away the story details, so I won't say much more. I am fascinated by how people can be such GREAT story tellers, though. How can a person have all these ideas in her head and write them down in such a captivating way?! It's awesome! I would say this is one of the best books I've read in a long time.


Beth said...

sounds good... I just asked for recommendations on I have another to look for! Thanks

Blue Ridge Mountains said...

I just started that book on Wednesday night, read 'til two and can't say I am enamored with it so far, maybe further along.

That corgi :) said...

Sounds interesting; I'll have to look for it! I know what you been though about getting into a book and being captivated by it and the talent people have in weaving words togehter to tell such stories that they do!