The Nature of Monsters

The Nature of Monsters

Book - 2007
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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.
Publisher: Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, c2007
Description: xi, 382 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780151012060
Branch Call Number: Clar


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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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