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Remarkable Creatures (original 2009; edition 2009)

by Tracy Chevalier

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Title:Remarkable Creatures
Authors:Tracy Chevalier
Info:HarperCollins (2009), Kindle Edition, 357 pages
Collections:2012
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  Andrew-theQM | Jun 20, 2016 |
I really enjoyed this fictionalized account of Mary Anning. The narrators of the audiobook were fabulous and definitely made this worthwhile to listen to. They had a separate narrator for each main character so you could truly see each character's perspective on the events. It was interesting to see these two independent women maintain their identities in a male-dominated society. I loved everything about this story! ( )
1 vote jguidry | May 31, 2016 |
Remarkable Creatures – Tracey Chevalier
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The early nineteenth century was a time of great scientific discovery, but there are few women who receive credit for any contributions to scientific knowledge. Remarkable Creatures is the story of two women who circumvent society’s expectations to pursue some of the most important early paleontological discoveries. Mary Anning and Elizabeth Philpot develop an unlikely friendship through their shared interest in fossil hunting. For Elizabeth finding fossils is a way to occupy her time as an intelligent, genteel, marginalized spinster. Mary Anning hunts fossils to pay bills and keep her family fed, but she is also driven by her own talent and curiosity.
This is a book of struggle and tensions. Both women must struggle with the restrictions placed upon them by gender and class. Their relationship to each other is an ongoing tug of war with gratitude, envy, admiration and loyalty. I think Chevalier captures the atmosphere and society of the English coastal village and gives completely plausible personalities to these two historical figures.
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  msjudy | May 30, 2016 |
Mozda se nekome nece svidjeti to neprestano traganje za kamencicima, ali knjiga je prelijepa,,, ( )
  ceca78 | Apr 10, 2016 |
Interesting book about the women who were behind some important fossil discoveries in the early 19th Century. The author once again finds a historical gem and brings it to life, while making us believe that these women certainly could have lived it as she described. ( )
  sydsavvy | Apr 8, 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
Morahan, HattieNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This is for my son, Jacob
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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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Marked for greatness after being struck by lightning in infancy, Mary Anning discovers a fossilized skeleton near her 19th century home that triggers attacks on her character and upheavals throughout the religious, scientific, and academic communities.… (more)

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