The Signature of All Things

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LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTIONSHORTLISTED FOR THE WELLCOME BOOK PRIZEFrom the moment Alma Whittaker steps into the world, everything about life intrigues her. Instilled with an unquenchable sense of wonder by her father, a botanical explorer and the richest man in the New World, Alma is raised in a house of luxury and curiosity. It is not long before she becomes a gifted botanist in her own right. But as she flourishes and her research takes her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, the man she comes to love draws her in the opposite direction – into the realm of the spiritual, the divine and the magical. The Signature of All Things soars across the globe of the nineteenth century, from London and Peru, to Philadelphia, Tahiti and beyond. Peopled with extraordinary characters along the way, most of all it has an unforgettable heroine in Alma Whittaker.

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ISBN-13: 9781408850046
ISBN-10: 1408850044
Pagini: 592
Dimensiuni: 111 x 178 x 40 mm
Greutate: 0.32 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Bloomsbury Paperbacks
Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom


This glorious, sweeping historical novel can be compared with Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey, Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides and The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, with more than a touch of George Eliot.

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Elizabeth Gilbert is the acclaimed author of five books of fiction and non-fiction. She is most well known for her 2006 bestseller Eat, Pray, Love, which has sold over ten million copies worldwide and was made into a film starring Julia Roberts. Her short story collection Pilgrims was nominated for the PEN/Hemingway Award, her novel Stern Men was a New York Times Notable Book and The Last American Man was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her most recent work, Committed, was a Number One New York Times bestseller. Elizabeth Gilbert lives in New Jersey. www.elizabethgilbert.comFind Elizabeth Gilbert on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @GilbertLiz


Every now and then, a book comes along that completely sweeps us up in the life of its heroine. The Signature of All Things is one of those books … Its unique premise, imaginable characters, witty prose and galloping pace make it the story to immerse yourself in this summer
The story of Alma Whittaker's journey of discovery has irresistible momentum
Ms Gilbert has established herself as a straight-up storyteller who dares us into adventures of worldly discovery, and this novel stands as a winning next act ... A bracing homage to the many natures of genius and the inevitable progress of ideas, in a world that reveals its best truths to the uncommonly patient minds
Charming and compelling ... A big novel in all senses - extensively researched, compellingly readable and with a powerful charm that will surely propel it towards the bestseller lists
Gilbert has written the novel of a lifetime
Sumptuous ... Gilbert's prose is by turns flinty, funny, and incandescent
Quite simply one of the best novels I have read in years ... a bejewelled, dazzling novel
Readers prepared to enter Gilbert Time will be rewarded: she is an unflaggingly curious writer, prone to delightful touches ... Gilbert's period interests seem boundless - she explores everything from self-sacrifice, to homosexuality, Darwinism and Victorian pornography ... This is a novel to be chewed over, slowly
A botanical odyssey through the nineteenth century, global in ambition, revelling in the period's insatiable curiosity about the world ... a tall tale, told with verve and wit
Filled with dazzling storytelling
Gilbert writes superbly well
An intricate, beautifully written historical novel ... A passionate paean to the 19th-century women of science who strove for achievement against the odds
Gilbert's observations, of both characters and locations, make this an unexpected joy and in Alma she has created a truly unforgettable heroine
Astute and funny ... comes with generous helpings of optimism and romance. Cynics need not apply
Ambitious, boldly imagined and packed with authenticating detail, it engages very boldly with the interaction of art and science
Gilbert reminds readers she can do, and undo, narratives through impeccably observed and original stories
Gilbert shows herself to be a writer at the height of her powers
Magnificent ... I was just a few pages into the book when I felt myself relax, aware that I was in the safe hands of a master story-teller
My own 500-pager of choice? Elizabeth Gilbert's The Signature of All Things ... just read it ... Hugely enjoyable
I can't stop thinking about The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
This is a book to be chewed over, slowly