State of Wonder, Anne Patchett

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State of Wonder, Anne Patchett

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aug 10, 2014, 5:00pm

I enjoyed the Magician's Nephew... I couldn't put it down, I wanted to read the whole thing through... I didn't feel that way with this book. In my review I describe the experience of reading it as having good writing dangling in front of me, just out of reach. You know, the way they put treats on a string and tie it to a stick then use it to tempt animals into following direction... I felt like the writing was what I expected, the exploration of emotion and relationship... But the plot just left me lost in the jungle. I couldn't enjoy it like I wanted to.

Seeing her father grace her the ability to see herself, the comfort of physical recognition after a life spent among her mother's people, all those translucent cousins who looked at her like she was a llama who had wandered into their holiday dinner.

From the grand exterior she entered a lobby of palm plants and tired brown sofas that slumped together as if they had come as far as they could and then given up.

There was in fact a circle of hell beneath the one that required an entirely different set of skills that she did not possess.
She had performed surgery in the Amazon here. A totally different experience than doing it in an American hospital.