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Last week I received Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier.



The description of Remarkable Creatures on the author's website reads:

In 1810, a sister and brother uncover the fossilized skull of an unknown animal in the cliffs on the south coast of England. With its long snout and prominent teeth, it might be a crocodile – except that it has a huge, bulbous eye.

Remarkable Creatures is the story of Mary Anning, who has a talent for finding fossils, and whose discovery of ancient marine reptiles such as that ichthyosaur shakes the scientific community and leads to new ways of thinking about the creation of the world.

Working in an arena dominated by middle-class men, however, Mary finds herself out of step with her working-class background. In danger of being an outcast in her community, she takes solace in an unlikely friendship with Elizabeth Philpot, a prickly London spinster with her own passion for fossils.

The strong bond between Mary and Elizabeth sees them through struggles with poverty, rivalry and ostracism, as well as the physical dangers of their chosen obsession. It reminds us that friendship can outlast storms and landslides, anger and and jealousy.


I'm really looking forward to reading this book over the holidays!

6 comments:

bermudaonion on December 14, 2009 at 11:50 AM said...

It looks like a good one. I hope you enjoy it!

avisannschild on December 14, 2009 at 12:24 PM said...

Ooh, this one sounds great! Happy reading!

Staci on December 14, 2009 at 3:41 PM said...

I really like her but I hope it's better than her last few!! Can't wait to hear your thoughts on this one!!

Diane on December 14, 2009 at 6:17 PM said...

I hope you like this one. I got it last week and am looking forward to it.

Literary Feline on December 14, 2009 at 8:48 PM said...

This one sounds like it will be good. I hope you enjoy it!

Laura Fabiani on December 14, 2009 at 10:16 PM said...

I have read great reviews about this one. Looking forward to reading your take on it.

 

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