Staff Recommendation: The Signature of all Things

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by Fingal Libraries on January 27, 2015 in Libraries

“The Signature of all Things” by Elizabeth Gilbert to me is a ringing endorsement for book clubs. It is far from being the sort of book I would normally pick up to read being a crime genre devotee. So when my book club chose it a 500 page story of a female botanist in the […]

“The Signature of all Things” by Elizabeth Gilbert to me is a ringing endorsement for book clubs. It is far from being the sort of book I would normally pick up to read being a crime genre devotee. So when my book club chose it a 500 page story of a female botanist in the 19th century I was very doubtful to say the least.

It is a beautiful written warts and all story of an unusual child reared in an unusual household who grows up with all the usual dreams and hopes. The author however refuses to pander to our longing for orthodox happy endings. Her father’s story at the beginning of the book is a perfect description of England’s class ridden society of the time.

Don’t get me wrong there is a fair amount of botany and descriptions of mosses which I freely admit I skimmed over but this did not affect my enjoyment of the book. Warning the book can be a bit crude and down to earth but worth the effort.

Enjoy!

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