Succinct. Some writers tend to show off their skill by packing a work of fiction with lots of exposition. Not so with Karen Joy Fowler in her small book, The Science of Herself. Fowler writes succinctly, in finely crafted prose, presenting just enough exposition to satisfy most readers. In most of this short book, she tells readers of a Darwin contemporary, Mary Anning, a fossil collector whose intelligence and experience fought the male scientific establishment. I read this book in two short bursts, and came away with the pleasurable feeling that the balance of presenting just the right amount of prose hit the target perfectly.
Rating: Four-star (I like it)
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