Friday, October 28, 2011
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.