La firma de todas las cosas (The Signature of All Things)

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En los albores de un nuevo siglo, en un invierno característico de Filadelfia, nace Alma Whittaker. Su padre, Henry Whittaker, es un explorador botánico audaz y carismático cuya vasta fortuna oculta unos orígenes humildes: comenzó de pilluelo en los jardines Kew de Sir Joseph Banks y de grumete a bordo del Resolution del capitán Cook. La madre de Alma, una estricta holandesa de buena familia, sabe tanto de botánica como cualquier hombre. Niña independiente, con una sed de conocimientos insaciable, Alma no tarda ...
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Overview

En los albores de un nuevo siglo, en un invierno característico de Filadelfia, nace Alma Whittaker. Su padre, Henry Whittaker, es un explorador botánico audaz y carismático cuya vasta fortuna oculta unos orígenes humildes: comenzó de pilluelo en los jardines Kew de Sir Joseph Banks y de grumete a bordo del Resolution del capitán Cook. La madre de Alma, una estricta holandesa de buena familia, sabe tanto de botánica como cualquier hombre. Niña independiente, con una sed de conocimientos insaciable, Alma no tarda en adentrarse en el mundo de las plantas y de la ciencia. Sin embargo, a medida que el minucioso estudio de los musgos la acerca más y más a los misterios de la evolución, el hombre al que ama la arrastra en la dirección opuesta: al mundo de lo espiritual, lo divino y lo mágico. Ella es una científica de mente despejada; él es un artista utópico. Pero lo que une a esta pareja es la pasión compartida por el saber: el desesperado deseo de comprender cómo funciona el mundo, de qué están hechos los mecanismos de la vida. La firma de todas las cosas es una novela grandiosa que narra la historia de un siglo grandioso. Recorre todo el mundo, desde Londres hasta Perú, Filadelfia, Tahití o Ámsterdam. Habitada por personajes extraordinarios (misioneros, abolicionistas, aventureros, astrónomos, capitanes de mar, genios y locos), cuenta, por encima de todo, con una heroína inolvidable: Alma Whittaker, una mujer de la Ilustración que se yergue desafiante en la cúspide de la era moderna.
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After her bestselling memoirs Eat, Pray, Love and Committed, Elizabeth Gilbert returns with her first novel in thirteen years. This meticulously researched, beautifully written historical fiction traces the fortunes, travels, and life choices of the Whittakers; most particularly Henry, a formerly impoverished Englishman who becomes the richest man in Philadelphia, and his talented botanist daughter Alma. At first, Alma appears to be following in the footsteps of her empirically minded father, but her attention to the intricacies and wonders of nature eventually makes her susceptible to the gentle charms of Ambrose Pike, an artist of orchids. Their strangely harmonious romance of apparent opposites gives La firma de todas las cosas an appealing grounding that intertwines science and the spirit. Simply superb; a recent bestseller as a English-language hardcover; now a Spanish-language trade paperback at a moderate price. [NO COVER. XXX.]

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781622631216
  • Publisher: Santillana USA Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 11/15/2013
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Pages: 643
  • Sales rank: 287,187
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Gilbert
Elizabeth Gilbert
Known for her in-depth profiles for magazines from Harper's Bazaar to GQ, Elizabeth Gilbert has developed a reputation for relaying what makes people tick, both in her reportage and her acclaimed works of fiction.

Biography

While Elizabeth Gilbert's roots are in journalism -- she's a Pushcart Prize-winning and National Magazine Award-nominated writer -- it's her books that have granted her even more attention.

Gilbert departed from reporting in 1997, with the publication of her first collection of short fiction, Pilgrims. A finalist for the 1998 PEN/Hemingway Award, Pilgrims was also selected as a New York Times Notable Book, was listed as one of the "Most Intriguing Books of 1997" by Glamour magazine, and went on to win best first fiction awards from The Paris Review, The Southern Review, and Ploughshares.

Since then, Gilbert has successfully alternated between fiction and nonfiction -- a high-wire act that has paid off in a string of critically acclaimed bestsellers that includes her first full-length novel, Stern Men (2000); The Last American Man (2002), a National Book Award for Nonfiction; and Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia (2006), a celebrated spiritual memoir that landed on several year-end Best Books lists.

Good To Know

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Gilbert:

"I was once observed talking in my sleep, smiling with deep bliss as I said, ‘Ah...the writer's life!'"

"I was a terrible crybaby and coward as a child. I still cry a lot and am afraid of many things, like, for instance, surfing, skiing, and the possibility that somebody somewhere might be mad at me."

"I once accosted Wally Shawn in a restaurant where I was a waitress and he was a patron. I said to him something like, ‘You're a lovely, lovely man who writes lovely, lovely plays! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you, Wally Shawn!' He backed away slowly."

"I am far more of a loner than people would imagine. But I am the most gregarious and socially interactive loner you ever met. The thing is, I am fascinated by people's stories and I'm very talkative and can't ever say No to anything or anyone, so I tend to over-socialize, to give away too much of my time to the many people I adore. Therefore, one of the only ways I can ever be alone is if I go traveling solo. This is the secret reason I travel so much, and to such distant places. To get away from everyone I know. I love my friends and family, but I also love it when they can't find me and I can spend all day reading or walking all alone, in silence, eight thousand miles away from everyone. All alone and unreachable in a foreign country is one my most favorite possible things to be."

"The Disney movie Coyote Ugly was based on an article I wrote for GQ about my experience as a bartender in an East Village dive. I just had to add that bizarre fact because I still can't really believe it myself."

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    1. Hometown:
      Hudson Valley, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 18, 1969
    2. Place of Birth:
      Waterbury, Connecticut
    1. Education:
      BA, New York University, 1991 (Political Science)
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