BKMT READING GUIDES



 
Informative,
Interesting,
Insightful

19 reviews

Remarkable Creatures: A Novel
by Tracy Chevalier

Published: 2010-10-26
Paperback : 320 pages
10 members reading this now
41 clubs reading this now
17 members have read this book
Recommended to book clubs by 14 of 19 members
A voyage of discovery, two remarkable women, and an extraordinary time and place enrich this New York Times bestselling novel by Tracy Chevalier, author of At the Edge of the Orchard and Girl With a Pearl Earring.

On the windswept, fossil-strewn beaches of the English coast, poor and ...
No other editions available.
Add to Club Selections
Add to Possible Club Selections
Add to My Personal Queue
Jump to

Introduction

A voyage of discovery, two remarkable women, and an extraordinary time and place enrich this New York Times bestselling novel by Tracy Chevalier, author of At the Edge of the Orchard and Girl With a Pearl Earring.

On the windswept, fossil-strewn beaches of the English coast, poor and uneducated Mary Anning learns that she has a unique gift: "the eye" to spot fossils no one else can see. When she uncovers an unusual fossilized skeleton in the cliffs near her home, she sets the religious community on edge, the townspeople to gossip, and the scientific world alight. After enduring bitter cold, thunderstorms, and landslips, her challenges only grow when she falls in love with an impossible man.

Mary soon finds an unlikely champion in prickly Elizabeth Philpot, a middle-class spinster who shares her passion for scouring the beaches. Their relationship strikes a delicate balance between fierce loyalty, mutual appreciation, and barely suppressed envy, but ultimately turns out to be their greatest asset.

Remarkable Creatures is a stunning historical novel that follows the story of two extraordinary 19th century fossil hunters who changed the scientific world forever.

Editorial Review

No editorial review at this time.

Excerpt

No Excerpt Currently Available

Discussion Questions

Suggested by Members

The science/religion aspect of the novel.
by [email protected] (see profile) 05/18/11

Notes From the Author to the Bookclub

No notes at this time.

Book Club Recommendations

Member Reviews

Overall rating:
 
 
by KSherwood (see profile) 03/12/19

 
by kate_dipronio (see profile) 03/08/18

 
  "Remarkable Creatures"by cpapuga (see profile) 11/18/16

This was an enjoyable book with a good, interesting story based on actual historical facts. Our group had fun discussing it. We actually liked many of the characters too!

 
  "Remarkable Creatures"by bkmnmpl (see profile) 07/05/16

Tracy Chevalier does not disappoint with this one. Once again she is able to take characters that would appear to be secondary, almost dispensable characters, and turn them into sparkling characters that... (read more)

 
  "Remarkable Creatures"by WCCREADERS (see profile) 06/15/16

Interesting. Women in science, women's opportunities in life, and social class at the time are all part of this story. Starts to drag at the end, but still an enjoyable book.

 
  "Remarkable Creatures"by [email protected] (see profile) 06/08/16

I wish I'd known this was historical fiction prior to reading the book, but I did not. I didn't discover that until the very end of the book - had I known prior to reading the book, I believe I would have... (read more)

 
  "Remarkable Creatures"by Mconnolly9 (see profile) 02/21/16

Remarkable Creatures is the first novel by Tracey Chevalier that I read . I was immediately capitaved by her style and the way she captured the location and time frame in which the story takes place....along... (read more)

 
by phoebe.terry (see profile) 02/02/16

Rate this book
MEMBER LOGIN
Remember me
BECOME A MEMBER it's free

Join the leading website for book clubs with over 35,000 clubs and 20,000 reading guides.

SEARCH OUR READING GUIDES Search
Search




FEATURED EVENTS
PAST AUTHOR CHATS
JOIN OUR MAILING LIST

Get free weekly updates on top club picks, book giveaways, author events and more
Please wait...