Not sure if you can handle any more excitement? Well you’re going to have to try, because this week we’re hitting up the exotic, the beautiful, the mysterious continent of South America! From the heights of the Andes and Machu Picchu to the deep, dark depths of the Amazon, South America is fascinating from all angles.
To start off our South American journey Ann Patchett is taking us to Brazil with her novel, State of Wonder where everything is not as it seems. Dr. Annick Swenson has disappeared into the Amazon while working on a valuable new drug for an American pharmaceutical company. Dr. Marina Singh has been sent to find her mentor, but the assignment is not that easy since the last person who was sent to find her, Marina’s research partner Anders Eckman, turned up dead. Marina hesitantly sets off into the depths of the rainforest in an attempt to find her mentor and answer some troubling questions about her friend’s death.
Our next guide is Gabriel Garcia Marquez, author of One Hundred Years of Solitude. Marquez introduces the mythical town of Macondo, which is thought to be based off of his hometown of Aracataca, Colombia. One Hundred Years of Solitude follows the rise and fall of Macondo through the history of the Buendia family, whose patriarch, Jose Arcadio Buendia, founded the town. This multi-generational story is loaded with truth, compassion and a lyrical magic that strikes the soul.
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