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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and fascinating book, 9 July 2012
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This review is from: Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout (Hardcover)
Wow! If you want a justification for the continued existence of the paper book, you'd be hard-pressed to beat this. A combination of art, colour and creatively-imagined biography mean you imbibe the story of Marie and Pierre Curie and the world they made rather than feeling it forced on you. The only complaint: it's over in a flash (forgive the pun), and you'll want to read more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very imaginative, 14 Jan 2012
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This review is from: Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout (Hardcover)
This is not an ordinary biography ,more an evocation of a thoroughly biographed subject.
The author uses artistic techniques and images to present the Curies and their work and follows several strands of inquiry and thought,including the consequences of their work. There are some very striking and unusual correlations too.For example the fact that Pierre was born on the Rue Cuvier,named after the man who believed evolution to have advanced by catastrophes.lauren Redniss remarks that Pierre Curie's death was itself a kind of catastrophe.She might have mentioned that on the day of his fatal accident San Francisco was also struck by a terrible earthquake.'
She does not duck the Curies' interest in spiritualism either ,or the fact of the 'Mmerry Widow ' health mine in the US.
The last part of Marie's life may be a little sparsely treated and Frederick Joliot hardly figures.The cartoon picture of Irene however catches her gaze perfectly.
If you know what you are not expecting with this book ,(viz.an orthodox biography),it is excellent .
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Expect the Unexpected in This Book, 30 April 2011
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Donald Mitchell "Jesus Loves You!" (Thanks for Providing My Reviews over 124,000 Helpful Votes Globally) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout (Hardcover)
"And so it was, when she was giving birth, that the one put out his hand; and the midwife took a scarlet thread and bound it on his hand, saying, 'This one came out first.' Then it happened, as he drew back his hand, that his brother came out unexpectedly; and she said, 'How did you break through? This breach be upon you!' Therefore his name was called Perez." -- Genesis 38:28-29 (NKJV)

Radioactive is one of those rare books that capture a difficult subject well through an unusual approach. In this case, Ms. Lauren Redniss alternates charming drawings with chilling implications from scientific research into radioactivity . . . and painful personal details about the lives of Marie and Pierre Curie.

Some people have likened scientific work on radioactivity to opening Pandora's Box: Evils flew out, but hope remained. Radioactive captures that ambivalence very nicely so that youngsters can appreciate the difficulties and questions associated with new knowledge.

Marie Curie didn't want to be assessed for her private life . . . and with good reason, as this book demonstrates. Ms. Redniss does a nice job of pointing out that many people have skeletons in their closets . . . including those who condemn others or who are upheld as paragons of public virtue.

If you are a parent or a grandparent, I suggest you read the book before presenting it to a youngster. This book is for older, more mature young people.

Brava, Ms. Redniss!
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