Review: Remarkable Creatures

Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier

As I reach the end of the semester and, thus, the end of my Jane Austen class, I grow more and more interested by the time period outside of Austen’s narrow scope–the Napoleonic Empire is crumbling, abolition is brewing, and riots are breaking out among the working class. When I was given a chance to read and review Remarkable Creatures, I was quite pleased–two women against the male scientific establishment in Regency England? What a fantastic idea! It also gave me a chance to finally read Tracy Chevalier, whom I’ve heard decent things about. When I picked up Remarkable Creatures, I was surprised by its shortness–it’s only three hundred pages in paperback. But length signifies nothing; it’s the content that’s important.

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