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Remarkable creatures (original 2009; edition 2010)

by Tracy Chevalier

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Title:Remarkable creatures
Authors:Tracy Chevalier
Info:New York : Dutton, c2010.
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Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier (2009)

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Remarkable Creatures is a book about the ways that society changes and stays the same. It is about friendship, and being your true self, and doing what you love. It feels like a biography, but reads beautifully like a story. It is a fairly short read, but I enjoyed it for it's history, it's portrait of friendship, and messages. ( )
  thea-block | Jan 25, 2016 |
Listened to the audio version - loved that two different narrators read the novel from the differnt women's point of view. The novel itself was engaging in that it provided a more in-depth experience of the women in the that time frame - they were coming into their own, intellectually and career-wise, but still having to conform to the male dominant-society. ( )
  tmscott13 | Jan 23, 2016 |
A fictional account of the life of Mary Anning told from the perspective of herself and friend, Elizabeth Philpot. Mary Anning was a early 19th century fossil finder and paleontologist in a male-dominated culture. As always, Tracy Chevalier is a delight to read involving women who overcome oppression to survive and blossom. ( )
  John_Warner | Jan 23, 2016 |
I loved this story about early 19th century fossil hunters Mary Anning and Elizabeth Philpot from start to finish. The writing was beautiful, the story was fascinating in more ways than one and I just couldn't put the book down.

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  SabinaE | Jan 23, 2016 |
Remarkable Creatures is the fictional story of real historical figures, Mary Anning and Elizabeth Philpot. In the nineteenth century, Mary and her brother discovered an intact dinosaur fossil. Their discovery challenged the thinking of the day where many could not imagine that God would allow any of his creations to go extinct. It is also the story of the friendship of two women who share a love of fossil hunting and science in a time when women were not supposed to concern themselves with such matters. The two women are of different social classes, but they become close friends despite their differences. I really enjoyed this book. I learned a lot about earlier paleontology and early evolutionary theories. Although there is still a lot of debate about the validity of evolution, it has come a long way from when the very existence of dinosaurs and extinction posed a threat to people's faith in religion. I also learned a lot about what life was like for women in that time period, especially those that did not conform to what society expected from them. I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in historical fiction or in the history of scientific discovery. I am looking forward to reading more from this author. ( )
  Cora-R | Jan 17, 2016 |
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Unless you have a deep and unabiding passion for fossils, you'll want to leave this specimen alone.
added by Shortride | editUSA Today, Donna Freydkin (Feb 2, 2010)
 
Giant marine reptiles are not the only remarkable creatures in this book. Chevalier turns a warming spotlight on a friendship cemented by shared obsession and mutual respect across profound class fissures; a friendship between two women who were indirectly responsible for several male careers and ultimately (partially, very indirectly) for Darwin's insights. She also gives it what Darwin himself considered mandatory in a novel, a happy ending - or happy enough.
 

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Lyons, SusanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Lightning has struck me all my life.
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'but dying was no drama. Dying was cold and hard and painful, and dull. It went on too long. I was exhausted and growing bored with it.'
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From the moment she is struck by lightening as a baby, it is clear that Mary Anning is different. Though poor and uneducated, she discovers on the windswept beaches of the English coast that she has a unique gift: "the eye" to spot fossils that no one else can see. When Mary uncovers an unusual fossilized skeleton in the cliffs near her home, she sets the religious fathers on edge, the townspeople to gossip--and the scientific world alight. In an arena dominated by men, however, Mary is barred from the academic community; as a young woman with uncommon interests, she is suspected of sinful behavior. Nature is a threat, throwing bitter cold, storms, and landslips at her. And when she falls in love, it is with an impossible man.

Mary finds an unlikely champion in prickly Elizabeth Philpot, a middle-class spinster recently exiled from London, who shares her passion for scouring the beaches. Their relationship strikes a delicate balance between fierce loyalty, mutual appreciation, and barely suppressed envy. Ultimately, in the struggle to be recognized in the wider world, Mary and Elizabeth discover that friendship is their greatest ally.

Remarkable Creatures is a novel of how one woman's gift transcends class and social prejudice to lead to some of the most important discoveries of the nineteenth century. Above all, it is a revealing portrait of the intricate and resilient nature of female friendship. [adapted from the jacket]
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When Mary Anning uncovers an unusual fossilized skeleton in the cliffs near her home on the English coast, she sets the religious fathers on edge, the townspeople to vicious gossip, and the scientific world alight. Luckily, Mary finds an unlikely champion in prickly Elizabeth Philpot, and in the struggle to be recognized in the wider world, Mary and Elizabeth discover that friendship is their greatest ally.… (more)

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