SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORANGE PRIZE FOR FICTION 2012 There were people on the banks of the river. Among the tangled waterways and giant anacondas of the Brazilian Rio Negro, an enigmatic scientist is developing a drug that could alter the lives of women for ever. Dr Annick Swenson's work is shrouded in mystery; she refuses to report on her progress, ...Read MoreSHORTLISTED FOR THE ORANGE PRIZE FOR FICTION 2012 There were people on the banks of the river. Among the tangled waterways and giant anacondas of the Brazilian Rio Negro, an enigmatic scientist is developing a drug that could alter the lives of women for ever. Dr Annick Swenson's work is shrouded in mystery; she refuses to report on her progress, especially to her investors, whose patience is fast running out. Anders Eckman, a mild-mannered lab researcher, is sent to investigate. A curt letter reporting his untimely death is all that returns. Now Marina Singh, Anders' colleague and once a student of the mighty Dr Swenson, is their last hope. Compelled by the pleas of Anders's wife, who refuses to accept that her husband is not coming home, Marina leaves the snowy plains of Minnesota and retraces her friend's steps into the heart of the South American darkness, determined to track down Dr. Swenson and uncover the secrets being jealously guarded among the remotest tribes of the rainforest. What Marina does not yet know is that, in this ancient corner of the jungle, where the muddy waters and susurrating grasses hide countless unknown perils and temptations, she will face challenges beyond her wildest imagination. Marina is no longer the student, but only time will tell if she has learnt enough.Read Less
Very Good. Writing insided cover. Dr. Marina Singh, a research scientist with a Minnesota pharmaceutical company, is sent to the Amazon to find her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared while working on a new drug. No one knows where Dr. Swenson is, and the last person sent to find her died before completing his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey in hopes of finding answers. Now in her seventies, the uncompromising Dr. Swenson dominates her research team and the natives with the force of an imperial ruler. But while she is as threatening as anything the jungle has to offer, the greatest sacrifices are those Dr. Swenson asks of herself, and will ultimately ask of Marina, who finds she is still unable to live up to her teacher's expectations.
Octavo; vg+/vg+; dj, illustrated, gold spine with red and black text; dj, light shelf wear; HB, green cloth spine with gold text; quarter-bound with white boards; minor shelf wear and bumping; text block, clean; 353pp. --A SIGNED edition, specially bound by the publisher. --SHELVE IN SIGNED FICTION. Rockville.
Near Fine/Near Fine. 6 1/4 x 9 1/4" Tall 9780062049803 SIGNED and Dedicated By Author Fiction NEAR FINE/NEAR FINE SIGNED. Unclipped DJ, book is immaculate except for blacked out previous owner name on flyleaf. Signed and dedicated on title page.
State of Wonder really leaves you in a state of wonder. This book makes you take a hard look at ethics and morals regarding science and relationships. It also makes you question how we perceive each other and how that perception can differ greatly from the truth. This is one of the best books I?ve read in a while. Even if you?re not interested in science or the Amazon I am sure you will enjoy it too.
peter h h
Jan 26, 2012
lots of excess verbiage
This book is well written but in parts goes on and on and the relationships are confusing.
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