I remember reading to my daughter when she was small a children's book about Mary Anning and how she inspired my daughter to study dinosaurs. We wouldI remember reading to my daughter when she was small a children's book about Mary Anning and how she inspired my daughter to study dinosaurs. We would go the Royal Tyrell Museum every year to see the fossils. So, to say the least, I was excited to read this book "Remarkable Creatures" by Tracy Chevalier and I was rewarded, it is a delightful book.
Mary Anning was a working girl who had an eye for hunting out fossils and she discovered many fossils that had not been seen before, she was a pioneer and many men came to her to have her enrich their collections which they often took credit for finding. Being a female and living in the time that she did, Mary Anning's work went unrecognized as to receiving credit for the finds...the credit usually went to the males who purchased the fossils from her.
Being of a lower class, Mary was never accepted into the upper society she sold her fossils within, they did respect her, but they used her to no end to expand their own collections. This book is a wonderful book that opens your eye to a world before women were given the respect and acknowledgement they deserved especially in the field of science.
It was a treat to learn about Mary Anning's life in a fictional setting and to see her love for fossils intermixed with her need to survive by selling the fossils she devoted her life to. She is definitely a woman one can revere. ...more
I did enjoy reading this book, it was a quick,easy read and I did learn some history along my journey.
The book follows two females living in France atI did enjoy reading this book, it was a quick,easy read and I did learn some history along my journey.
The book follows two females living in France at different time periods, sixty years apart. Their stories are interconnected and their families are interconnected. The story tells us or reminds us of the tragedy of the Vel d'Hiv Roundup of the Jews in July 1942...and the role of the French in this round up.
While I did enjoy reading this book and I do know the history is important and that mankind needs frequent reminders of the atrocities that happened, so that they are not repeated, but I found the book to be overly melodramatic and leaning towards "Chick Lit". There was too much talk about her gorgeous husband mistreating her and the ending is just awkward and does not justify the book in any way.
This book had great potential, the author is well versed in the history of Vel d'Hiv, but rather than writing an intriguing, intellectual novel, she goes for a mushy, almost romance novel......more
"The Light Between Oceans" by M.L. Stedman is a heart-wrenching, life changing book. It covers the life span of Tom and Isabel from their beginnings a"The Light Between Oceans" by M.L. Stedman is a heart-wrenching, life changing book. It covers the life span of Tom and Isabel from their beginnings as a couple to the end of their time. Tom is a keeper of the light at a lighthouse and Isabel his wife joins him in isolation on the island that protects sailors from unseen perils. Through pain and emotional turmoil Isabel and Tom lose three children until the day comes when they are blessed to have Lucy in their lives...but, who is Lucy and where does she really belong?
This story is dead on when it comes to the feelings of love a person can feel for a child...raising a child is not about blood, but about service and love...when you love and serve a child they become a stitched permanent part of your soul and to remove that child on either end is heart tearing.
This book is beautifully written and insightful when it comes to human nature. I love Frank's statement "You only have to forgive once. To resent, you have to do it all day, every day. You have to keep remembering all the bad things." A book that changes the way a person thinks and for the better is definitely worth cherishing and reading.
Wow, this is an expansive book, it covers a huge amount of history that starts from the very beginning of London, England all the way to 1997. When IWow, this is an expansive book, it covers a huge amount of history that starts from the very beginning of London, England all the way to 1997. When I say the beginning I mean from the physical creation of the land mass and then on wards from Celts to Romans to Saxons and so forth to present day.
The history of London is amazing and is well covered by this book: Saint Paul's, the plague, London Bridge, the Globe theatre, the ruling government and monarchies; this book covers it all.
The book follows generations of different families throughout the different time spans.
Having recently been to London I found the book interesting and it was a delight to read about the places I had visited. It is however a long book and I do believe it would of been a lot harder of a read if I had not just returned from London....more