The Signature Of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert.
I think the first I need to say about this book is that it is very well written, which is not too surprising given Elizabeth Gilbert is the author. I expected something along the lines of Eat, Pray, Love, but got something entirely different. I suppose I assumed that this author was typecast and I never really thought of her writing anything remotely different to that book. But this book, The Signature Of All Things is so different and I believe different in a very good way.
The book follows the life of Alma Whittaker and it is very heavy on botanical terminology. When I first realised this I did wonder if I would see the book through, it is very long and not particularly gripping. I do believe, however, that the author’s creativity draws us in and we cannot help but read on, wanting to know what happens next.
I would not go as far as to say this is a riveting read, although it is an enjoyable tale nevertheless. It certainly is no hearts-and-flowers-love-story, which is very much my cup of tea, but it is an enjoyable read that you will want to see through to the end. I don’t think it is big on drama, although there are fascinating tales within this book that I found enjoyable – tales from other characters that Alma encounters.
If you enjoy the work of this author then you absolutely have to read this book. If you are looking for something similar to Gilbert’s best-selling novel you certainly won’t find it here in this book. The book is very different form her most popular book and that in itself is a good thing.
**** 4 stars.