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The Signature of All Things
The Signature of All Things
 
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Author : Elizabeth Gilbert
Publisher : Bloomsbury
ISBN# : 9781408853917
Price :INR 599
Offer Price:INR 533
 
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 At the beginning of a new century, Alma Whittaker is born into a perfect Philadelphia winter. Her father, Henry Whittaker, is a bold and charismatic botanical explorer whose vast fortune belies his lowly beginnings as a vagrant in Sir Joseph Bankss Kew Gardens and as a deck hand on Captain Cooks HMSResolution. Almas mother, a strict woman from an esteemed Dutch family, has a knowledge of botany equal to any man s.

 
It is not long before Alma, an independent girl with a thirst for knowledge, comes into her own within the world of plants and science. But as her careful studies of moss take 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. She is aclear-minded scientist; he is a Utopian artist. But what unites this couple is a shared passion for knowing a desperate desire to understand the workings of this world andthe mechanisms behind all of life.
 
The Signature of All Thingsis a big novel, about a big century. It soars across the globefrom London, to Peru, to Philadelphia, to Tahiti, to Amsterdam. Peopled with extraordinary characters missionaries, abolitionists, adventurers, astronomers, seacaptains, geniuses and the quite mad above all it has an unforgettable heroine in Alma Whittaker, a woman of the Enlightened Age who stands defiantly on the cusp of the modern.
 
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