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Remarkable Creatures

4 Ratings: 4.3
A book by Tracy Chevalier

Chevalier's newest is a flat historical whose familiar themes of gender inequality, class warfare and social power often overwhelm the story. Tart-tongued spinster Elizabeth Philpot meets young Mary Anning after moving from London to the coastal … see full wiki

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Author: Tracy Chevalier
Publisher: Dutton Adult
4 reviews about Remarkable Creatures
review by . August 26, 2010
Remarkable women
   Religion, women's rights, and social injustice all play a major role in Tracy Chevalier's newest novel, Remarkable Creatures. One of the heroines of the tale is Mary Anning, an impoverished woman living in Lyme Regis with a prodigious talent for discovering fossils. The other is Elizabeth Philpot, a member of the minor gentry who must rely for her living upon her married brother. When Elizabeth moves from London to Lyme to live more frugally, she meets and befriends Mary, for, …
review by . March 28, 2010
Tracy Chevalier's latest novel, "Remarkable Creatures," based on the true story of fossil-finders Mary Anning and Elizabeth Philpot, is a piece of feminist historical fiction that works. Set in the early years of the 19th century, the book is a reminder of how completely women were excluded from the scientific community of the time - regardless of what they might achieve they were unlikely to receive much official credit for their work. It was a time, too, when people still believed that God had …
review by . August 07, 2010
Remarkable Creatures centers around two very different, but similar, women:  Mary Anning, a fossil hunter along the Lyme Regis coast of England, and her friend, spinster Elizabeth Philpot.  Mary was struck by lightning as a baby, and has been able to magically locate fossils ever since, selling them for coins to go to her poor family's livelihood.  Elizabeth, exiled to Lyme Regis with her two spinster sisters after the death of their parents and their brother's marriage, finds …
review by . January 04, 2010
In "Remarkable Creatures," author Tracy Chevalier (Girl with a Pearl Earring, Deluxe Edition, The Lady and the Unicorn: A Novel) takes the reader back to a time before dinosaurs were thought to roam the earth where the Bible and Aristotle were revered as the key references in understanding the organization of living things. But what if, as occurs in this very readable tale focusing on Mary Anning, one of the first fossil hunters of the early 19th century, her discoveries and her desire to be acknowledged, …
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