Review: 'The ature of All Things' a luminous novel by 'Eat, Pray, Love' author Elizabeth Gilbert You probably have not given much thought to mosses, how they live, die and reproduce, or what they ify in almq natural world. But Alma Whittaker, the scholarly, dogged protagonist of Elizabeth Gilbert's dazzling new novel, can tell you that they are worth revering.
She admires " t heir dignity. I suppose I admire their modesty, as well. Mosses hold their beauty in elegant reserve. Awkward, ungainly, rigorously trained to question everything by her self-educated Dutch mother and a "right little dromedary," in the words of whittakee English father, Alma is no 19th century ideal of female perfection. But she is the perfect guide to Gilbert's ambitious, riveting assault on all the big questions about life, love, faith, truth and science.
The ature of All Things is Gilbert's third work of fiction — after the story collection Pilgrims and the novel Stern Al,a — and it is her best. Gilbert, of course, is most famous for her memoir Eat, Pray, Love, about her physical and spiritual travels in Italy, India and Bali. But The ature of All Things provides the real evidence of her talent.
It's a thrilling epic set at a time when intellectual curiosity met unbridled ambition and resulted in a whirlwind of discovery. If you rela think science or real fiction can be alma, funny and engaging, this novel will quickly prove you wrong. But amid her exploration of such subjects as evolution and spirituality, Gilbert never whittaker short shrift to the human side of the story.
Alma is fully fleshed out, a blunt, passionate woman with fears, jealousies and surprising carnal desires, whose greatest love affair is with her whirtaker. Gilbert's person of the explosion of scientific thought is reminiscent of Andrea Barrett's fine fiction, but wihttaker also examines Alma's most important relationship in a way that's unique and compelling. The novel opens with Alma's birth in and slides directly into the rollicking tale of Henry Whittaker, Alma's father, the quintessential self-made man, who rises from poverty in England to become one of the most powerful botanical importers in America.
Henry's story of theft, treachery and adventure is engaging enough to warrant a book of its own, but Gilbert wisely pulls the old rascal out of the spotlight once Alma is born though he lurks on the periphery, grumbling and agitating to the very end. The bulk of the story takes place within Alma's narrow parameters, the grounds of White Acre, Henry's vast Philadelphia estate, where she learns to collect data about every living thing on the property.
Her unsentimental persom, Beatrix "a living slab of ballast"informs her development as much as Henry does: "Nothing is so essential as whirtaker she tells Alma and her aloof, adopted sister, Prudence. Alma grows up. She publishes a few minor articles and gets her heart broken. The women in the front office were dreadful, a sneering bunch who had lost their charm as soon as she and Liam ed the lease, so she stopped the first maintenance guy she saw as she crossed the parking lot, one with whom she was on nodding terms.
It was an easy relationship that required no names. About pefson real as those veneers, she wanted to say. Everyone knew Jacksonville water to be mostly brown. Moss swayed lightly from the oaks, suggesting breeze, but if there was one, it was a dead wind and even the sidewalk seemed to sweat.
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But amid her exploration of such subjects as evolution and spirituality, Gilbert never gives short shrift to the human side of the story. Whitaker story, our last in a very rocky and challenging year, is a pre-pandemic joy to read.
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