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Who created it? Gilbert, Elizabeth.
What's it called? The signature of all things [electronic resource] : A Novel. Elizabeth Gilbert.
Who published it? Ashland : Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Buck 50 Productions, LLC, 2013.
Edition info! Unabridged.
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What's it like? 1 online resource (22 audio files) : digital
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What's it like? audio file rda
Helpful notes! Unabridged.
Performers! Narrator: Juliet Stevenson.
What's it about? A glorious, sweeping novel of desire, ambition, and the thirst for knowledge, from the # 1ĦNew York TimesĦbestselling author ofĦEat, Pray, LoveĦandĦCommittedInĦThe Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure, and discovery. Spanning much of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittakera poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia. Born in 1800, Henry's brilliant daughter, Alma (who inherits both her father's money and his mind), ultimately becomes a botanist of considerable gifts herself. As Alma's research takes her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, she falls in love with a man named Ambrose Pike, who makes incomparable paintings of orchids and who draws her in the exact opposite directioninto the realm of the spiritual, the divine, and the magical. Alma is a clear-minded scientist, Ambrose a utopian artistbut what unites this unlikely couple is a desperate need to understand the workings of this world and the mechanisms behind all life.Exquisitely researched and told at a galloping pace,ĦThe Signature of All ThingsĦsoars across the globefrom London to Peru to Philadelphia to Tahiti to Amsterdam and beyond. Along the way, the story is peopled with unforgettable characters: missionaries, abolitionists, adventurers, astronomers, sea captains, geniuses, and the quite mad. But most memorable of all, it is the story of Alma Whittaker, whoborn in the Enlightenment but living well into the Industrial Revolutionbears witness to that extraordinary moment in human history when all the old assumptions about science, religion, commerce, and class were exploding into dangerous new ideas. Written in the bold, questing spirit of that singular time, Gilbert's wise, deep, and spellbinding tale is certain to capture the hearts and minds of readers.
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Helpful subjects! Fiction.
Historical Fiction.
It's a special thing! Downloadable audiobooks.
More people who helped! Stevenson, Juliet.
Special numbers! 9781481512893 (sound recording)
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