Author: Tracy Chevalier
Published: 2010 Plume (orig. 2009)
Photo Credits: Courtesy of Wikipedia
My Rating: 4 stars
For a book that has been on my wishlist since it was first released, the story came as quite a surprise. I think I saw "Tracy Chevalier" and stuck it on my wishlist. If I'd known that it had so many other things to make me enjoy it, I certainly wouldn't have waited until I saw it on a shelf in Target to pick it up.
First, the time period. This takes place during Regency Era Britain (a well known era for fans of Pride and Prejudice). I like the time period because it seems to balance old and new. It is the era of the gentleman and the servant, before the growth of middle class yet after new advancement in many fine arts. Technically, Regency Era only lasted from 1811 to 1820, while George IV was the Prince Regent, although in terms of trends and styles it covers 1795-1837, from the Georgians to the Victorians. Obviously the era had its problems, don't they all? There were wars (with Napoleon and elsewhere) and lavish spending in the aristocracy brutally contrasted the squalor of the poor.
|Assembly Rooms provided entertainment for many.|
|A view of the Cobb with boats grounded at low tide.|
|A view of Lyme Regis from the Cobb.|
|Mary Anning with her dog Tray.|
|The "Jurassic Coast" at Charmouth,|
where Anning made some discoveries.
|Blue Lias cliffs at Lyme Regis...easy to|
imagine this clay staining your hands!
|Landslip, east of Lyme Regis.|
|Saint Michael's Church, the parrish church.|
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