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The Signature of All Things (2013)

by Elizabeth Gilbert

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Title:The Signature of All Things
Authors:Elizabeth Gilbert
Info:London: Bloomsbury, 2014
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The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert (2013)

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Loved this book!!! ( )
  decaturmamaof2 | Nov 28, 2018 |
I have only read her non-fiction books so I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this one. I was pleasantly surprised by the lush prose and complex story of Alma. Alma grows up in a botanical household and becomes fascinated with moss, an unattractive, low-key, under appreciated member of the plant kingdom. Much like Alma herself, however, the unassuming mosses hold vast levels of complexity and a rich history underneath. One part of the story seemed to veer off-course a bit, but a great book overall with very good narration on the audiobook. ( )
  redwritinghood38 | Nov 6, 2018 |
botany, Holland, personal relationships, family relationships ( )
  husingk | Oct 30, 2018 |
this review is for the audiobook.

i previously read and reviewed the print edition -- 5 star rating and a story that stuck with me for a long time. i just adored everything about this novel.

my rating for the audiobook is lower -- the story was still enjoyable and juliet stevenson does an okay job with it, though some of the different characters' voices were odd. but the sense of wonder and awe and the lush feeling the written story evoked did not come through in audio. so, i am glad i had already read this one before. i do wonder how i would have felt if had not read it in paper?? still, the listening was wnjoyably relaxing, for the most part. ( )
  Booktrovert | Sep 29, 2018 |
A great book that is a departure from the author's previous work and kind of work that leaves you thinking about it.

For a detailed review click on the link below:

http://onerightword.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/signature-of-all-things-elizabeth.htm... ( )
  ashkrishwrites | Aug 29, 2018 |
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Should finally redefine Gilbert as a writer with an incredible sense of lyricism, and a rare command of and confidence in her story...She makes broad, unresolvable premises — regular-ish human life, with its aspirations and humiliations, her own or her character’s — look easy, by taking nothing for granted, making sharp and unrelenting observations and framing it with a rare positivity and sense of possibility.
 
Gilbert has established herself as a straight-up storyteller who dares us into adventures of worldly discovery, and this novel stands as a winning next act. “The Signature of All Things” is a bracing homage to the many natures of genius and the inevitable progress of ideas, in a world that reveals its best truths to the uncommonly patient minds.
 
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What life is, we know not. What life does, we know well.
--Lord Perceval
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For my grandmother
Maude Edna Morcomb Olson
in honor of her hundredth birthday
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Alma Whittaker, born with the century, slid into our world on the fifth of January, 1800.
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Alma, born into luxury in 1800, becomes a gifted botanist like others in her family, but as she delves into the mysteries of evolution she falls in love with a man who pulls her in the opposite direction, into the realm of the spiritual, the divine, and the magical.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0670024856, Hardcover)

A glorious, sweeping novel of desire, ambition, and the thirst for knowledge, from the # 1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love and Committed

In The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. Spanning much of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker—a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia. Born in 1800, Henry’s brilliant daughter, Alma (who inherits both her father’s money and his mind), ultimately becomes a botanist of considerable gifts herself. As Alma’s research takes her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, she falls in love with a man named Ambrose Pike who makes incomparable paintings of orchids and who draws her in the exact opposite direction—into the realm of the spiritual, the divine, and the magical. Alma is a clear-minded scientist; Ambrose a utopian artist—but what unites this unlikely couple is a desperate need to understand the workings of this world and the mechanisms behind all life.

Exquisitely researched and told at a galloping pace, The Signature of All Things soars across the globe—from London to Peru to Philadelphia to Tahiti to Amsterdam, and beyond. Along the way, the story is peopled with unforgettable characters: missionaries, abolitionists, adventurers, astronomers, sea captains, geniuses, and the quite mad. But most memorable of all, it is the story of Alma Whittaker, who—born in the Age of Enlightenment, but living well into the Industrial Revolution—bears witness to that extraordinary moment in human history when all the old assumptions about science, religion, commerce, and class were exploding into dangerous new ideas. Written in the bold, questing spirit of that singular time, Gilbert’s wise, deep, and spellbinding tale is certain to capture the hearts and minds of readers.


 

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"Spanning much of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker--a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia. Born in 1800, Henry's brilliant daughter, Alma (who inherits both her father's money and his mind), ultimately becomes a botanist of considerable gifts herself. As Alma's research takes her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, she falls in love with a man named Ambrose Pike who makes incomparable paintings of orchids and who draws her in the exact opposite direction--into the realm of the spiritual, the divine, and the magical. Alma is a clear-minded scientist; Ambrose a utopian artist--but what unites this unlikely couple is a desperate need to understand the workings of this world and the mechanisms behind all life. he story is peopled with unforgettable characters: missionaries, abolitionists,adventurers, astronomers, sea captains, geniuses, and the quite mad. But most memorable of all, it is the story of Alma Whittaker, who--born in the Age of Enlightenment, but living well into the Industrial Revolution--bears witness to that extraordinary moment in human history when all the old assumptions about science, religion, commerce, and class were exploding into dangerous new ideas"--… (more)

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