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Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
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Mar 19, 12

bookshelves: fiction, general-non-fiction
Read in November, 2011

Remarkable Creatures is a wonderful novel based on historical figures in the first quarter of nineteenth-century England; in this case two women fossil hunters from different ends of the social spectrum who developed a symbiotic friendship as a result of their passion for fossils. Mary Anning, the younger, uneducated woman, discovered ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs, forcing God-fearing philosophers to reconsider their creationist beliefs. Chevalier’s ability to weave a believable story from a network of facts is itself remarkable.

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