naturalist characters in fiction

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naturalist characters in fiction

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helmikuu 11, 2011, 2:37pm


does anyone know of any books (fiction) where there is a naturalist? or simply a person interested in nature/insect collecting etc etc

Many thanks

helmikuu 11, 2011, 8:57pm

The first two that come to mind are Stephen Maturin from the Aubrey-Maturin series and Judge Holden from Blood Meridian. Two very different naturalists there. And the judge's naturalist pursuits are a very minor part of the novel.

helmikuu 11, 2011, 10:34pm

The Origin by Irving Stone is a biographical novel about Charles Darwin.

Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier is about 2 women fossil hunters in 19th century England. I have not read it yet but it is on my TBR pile.

helmikuu 12, 2011, 5:56pm

Morpho Eugenia a novella by A.S. Byatt which was made into the movie, Angels and Insects, starring the marvelous Kristin Scott-Thomas.

helmikuu 13, 2011, 3:23am

Michelle Wan has a mystery series set in the Dordogne area of France and it focuses on orchids. The first in the series is Deadly Slipper.

helmikuu 14, 2011, 5:33pm

I've neither read it nor heard particularly good things about it but E.O.Wilson's Anthill fits the bill. I love his non-fiction.

toukokuu 12, 2011, 12:21pm

You can find a naturalist in Elizabeth Gaskell's Wives and Daughters. His wanderings about are quite important for the developement of the plot.

heinäkuu 3, 2011, 11:12am

elokuu 17, 2011, 2:43am

Hello All,

many thanks for all the time and trouble you have taken to find examples for me. I apologise for the delay in replying - computer trouble (it's a long story).

Thanks especially to Robreads for the book list, it includes lots of American titles I probably wouldn't have found reference to this side of the pond.

Best wishes,

Bigpinkchimp (Ruth)

Muokkaaja: syyskuu 21, 2015, 5:21pm

Ruth, though it's an old thread I see that you're still using the site so I'll throw in a couple: Equatoria by Tom Dreyer is about a scientist's obsessive determination to find a creature (okapi) which had only recently been 'discovered' and actually fits into the travel & exploration category; Still Life With Insects doesn't fit into it, but it's about an (amateur) entomologist. I've read both and think highly of them.