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Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
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Jan 13, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: historical-fiction
Read in January, 2011

What happens when you discover something that could change your worldview forever? Does the world stop?

No, of course not, life goes on, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse.

Remarkable Creatures focuses on two women who search for fossils - one so she can eat, the other out of curiosity. When they find a fossil that contradicts religion's view of the origins of the earth, the practical appreciates the money and added business fame brings and the curious are concerned, dissatisfied by the priest's response, but keeps going in the hopes of finding an answer. Meanwhile, they are women and are lucky to get any official recognition for their discovery. They'd also appreciate a response to their questions.

Tracy Chevalier does a wonderful job of taking true events/historical people and placing them in their cultural and societal constraints, exploring their world and that world's significance to the characters. Yes, it's made up, though based on fact and research, but it's also a revealing look at history through the eyes of those who lived it. If only all history texts could do that.
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