The Nature of Monsters

The Nature of Monsters

eBook - 2008
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PRAISE FOR THE NATURE OF MONSTERS "As a storyteller, Clark is endowed with verve and intelligence, but her larger gift, dazzlingly in evidence throughout both her fine novels, lies in the originality of her imagination. She gives us a world that feels alive and intense, magnificently raw." -- The New York Times Book Review "The pleasures here are many, and one hopes this latest excursion into the underside of historic London won't be her last." -- BookForum
1666: The Great Fire of London sweeps through the streets and a heavily pregnant woman flees the flames. A few months later she gives birth to a child disfigured by a red birthmark. 1718: Sixteen-year-old Eliza Tally sees the gleaming dome of St. Paul's Cathedral rising above a rebuilt city. She arrives as an apothecary's maid, a position hastily arranged to shield the father of her unborn child from scandal. But why is the apothecary so eager to welcome her when he already has a maid, a half-wit named Mary? Why is Eliza never allowed to look her veiled master in the face or go into the study where he pursues his experiments? It is only on her visits to the Huguenot bookseller who supplies her master's scientific tomes that she realizes the nature of his obsession. And she knows she has to act to save not just the child but Mary and herself. This ebook includes a sample chapter of BEAUTIFUL LIES.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2008
ISBN: 9780547542768
Characteristics: data file
1 online resource (400 pages)
Call Number: eBook


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Aug 21, 2010

A dark bit of coming-of-age work. For a novel that started of with a roar, it got cooled off pretty quickly. It was interesting to follow changes in the heroine's attitude - from self-centered to desolute, and back to determined agian; I do wish more of the original flame was preserved through the book.


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