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Book Review: The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

Genre: Historial Fiction

BUG Rating: 4/5

Overall: I really enjoyed this book, it’s my second Elizabeth Gilbert, after finishing City of Girls a couple of weeks back. I found this one more of an intense read, and I did lose interest a bit in some passages (I think during the study of mosses!!), and there was some repetition throughout; that said, I loved Alma’s character, and the ‘slow’ development of her life. The book really takes you on a journey of love, loss and adventure!

In all our lives, there are days that we wish we could see expunged from the record of our very existence. Perhaps we long for that erasure because a particular day brought us such splintering sorrow that we can scarcely bear to think of it ever again. Or we might wish to blot out an episode forever because we behaved so poorly on that day – we were mortifyingly selfish, or foolish to an extraordinary degree. Or perhaps we injured another person and wish to disremember the guilt. Tragically, there are some days in a lifetime when all three of those things happen at once – when we are heartbroken and foolish and unforgivably injurious to others, all at the same time.


From the moment Alma Whittaker steps into the world, everything about life intrigues her. Instilled with an unquenchable sense of wonder by her father, a botanical explorer and the richest man in the New World, Alma is raised in a house of luxury and curiosity. It is not long before she becomes a gifted botanist in her own right. But as she flourishes and her research takes her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, the man she comes to love draws her in the opposite direction – into the realm of the spiritual, the divine and the magical.

The Signature of All Things soars across the globe of the nineteenth century, from London and Peru, to Philadelphia, Tahiti and beyond. Peopled with extraordinary characters along the way, most of all it has an unforgettable heroine in Alma Whittaker.


+ Beautifully descriptive passages

+ Rich Characters

+ Loved the life long journey


– Slow in parts

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