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An Incredibla Woman living in Incredible Times!
on 16 June 2015
A gripping tale of an incredible woman, Alma Whittaker, living at a time of many scientific discoveries, a meticulous botanist in her own right, an adventurer who lived her early life in an affluent home in Philadelphia but survived incredibly difficult physical trials and tribulations in Tahiti, and ended up in Amsterdam celebrated for her discoveries in botany, specifically moss. I found the book hard to put down. Serious at times; humorous at other times, the story enthralled me.
Sired by a "rags to riches"" father, she was opened to adult scientific discussions at home from an early age, but protected a secret in her daily life. Despite her intelligence, she had little success with her personal relationships: being suddenly confronted in childhood with än "adopted sister" out of the blue, and later with an unconsummated marriage which finally led to the Tahiti episode.
Elizabeth Gilbert delineates a scientific age rich in discoveries very compellingly.