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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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: PRH Grupo Editorial USA
  • Publication date: 11/15/2013
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Pages: 643
  • Sales rank: 558,751
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.80 (d)

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