But it’s sort of interesting to read about. And talk about. And that’s what
we did at book club this week. Most of the group agreed that it was a book
that went right along and held interest right up to the end. Right up to the
end, which caused some controversy among some readers.
Marina works at a pharmaceutical company which is interested in developing
new drugs. One of their scientists goes to the Amazon and is working on a
fertility drug with some success. Trouble is, it’s taking a long time, and she’s
kind of secretive about her work. Another scientist is sent to the Amazon to
check up on her, and the news comes back that he has died in the jungle.
So, Marina is sent to see about the drug, and the death of her fellow scientist.
Good premise, eh? There are plenty of twists in the plot afoot, and plenty
of snakes and poison toads hanging above . . .. The descriptions of the jungle
and the weather and humidity are good. At one point they are in a low
boat going down one of the many hidden side rivers and the boat goes
through some thick floating green lettuce. “We are here,” Marina thought,
“and we were never here.” as the lettuce fills back in as soon as they pass
Throw in some interesting characters and you have a pretty good read.
Now about that ending . . .I won’t tell!
The book for June is The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls.