A voyage of discovery, two remarkable women, and an extraordinary time and place enrich this New York Times bestselling novel by Tracy Chevalier, author of Girl With a Pearl Earring and The Last Runaway.
On the windswept, fossil-strewn beaches of the English coast, poor and uneducated Mary Anning learns that she has a unique gift: "the eye" to spot fossils no one else can see. When she uncovers an unusual fossilized skeleton in the cliffs near her home, she sets the religious community on edge, the townspeople to gossip, and the scientific world alight. After enduring bitter cold, thunderstorms, and landslips, her challenges only grow when she falls in love with an impossible man.
Mary soon finds an unlikely champion in prickly Elizabeth Philpot, a middle-class spinster who shares her passion for scouring the beaches. Their relationship strikes a delicate balance between fierce loyalty, mutual appreciation, and barely suppressed envy, but ultimately turns out to be their greatest asset.
Remarkable Creatures is a stunning historical novel that follows the story of two extraordinary 19th century fossil hunters who changed the scientific world forever.
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1 . Great characters but plot was blah
Posted January 13, 2010 by Katie S. , Mt. PleasantThe story was interesting in that the main characters were different from the usual; however the plot turned out to be a bit of a bore as the reader keeps waiting for something exciting to happen. The characters were the best part, they had a depth of personality that is rarely seen in most books. Yet the overall feel of the book was blah, the reader perhaps learned a little more about fossils and their history which is nice but the plot left a lot to be desired.
January 05, 2010
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