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Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
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Jan 13, 10

bookshelves: 2010, anglophilia, historical-fiction, famous-women
Read in January, 2010

This novel based on the life of Mary Anning, a fossil hunter, from the early 19th century was an enjoyable read. Chevalier perfectly mixed the thrill of scientific discovery with an incisive examination of the social constraints placed on women (both middle class and working class) in Regency England. While I didn't love this book as much as past novels by Chevalier (Falling Angels is probably my favorite), the strong characters and easy to digest explanations of fossils made this a worthwhile read. I would recommend this book to fans of Jane Austen; it is set in the same time period and features two women whose path isn't that of marriage (unlike Austen's heroines). This would also be a good pick for book clubs.

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