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Read online The Signature of All Things.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Signature of All Things A glorious sweeping novel of desire ambition and the thirst for knowledge from the New York Times bestselling author of Eat Pray Love and Committed b .

In The Signature of All Things Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love adventure and discovery Spanning much of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker a poor born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia Born in Henry s brilliant daughter Alma who inherits both her father s money and his mind ultimately becomes a botanist of considerable gifts herself As Alma s research takes her deeper into the mysteries of evolution she falls in love with a man named Ambrose Pike who makes incomparable paintings of orchids and who draws her in the exact opposite direction into the realm of the spiritual the divine and the magical Alma is a clear minded scientist Ambrose a utopian artist but what unites this unlikely couple is a desperate need to understand the workings of this world and the mechanisms behind all life .

Exquisitely researched and told at a galloping pace The Signature of All Things soars across the globe from London to Peru to Philadelphia to Tahiti to Amsterdam and beyond Along the way the story is peopled with unforgettable characters missionaries abolitionists adventurers astronomers sea captains geniuses and the quite mad But most memorable of all it is the story of Alma Whittaker who born in the Age of Enlightenment but living well into the Industrial Revolution bears witness to that extraordinary moment in human history when all the old assumptions about science religion commerce and class were exploding into dangerous new ideas Written in the bold questing spirit of that singular time Gilbert s wise deep and spellbinding tale is certain to capture the hearts and minds of readers by Elizabeth Gilbert

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