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The Resource The Essex Serpent

The Essex Serpent

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The Essex Serpent
Title
The Essex Serpent
Statement of responsibility
Sarah Perry
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Language
eng
Summary
London 1893 When Cora Seaborne's husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness: her marriage was not a happy one, and she never suited the role of society wife. Accompanied by her son Francis - a curious, obsessive boy - she leaves town for Essex, where she hopes fresh air and open space will provide the refuge they need.When they take lodgings in Colchester, rumours reach them from further up the estuary that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to roam the marshes claiming human lives, has returned to the coastal parish of Aldwinter. Cora, a keen amateur naturalist with no patience for religion or superstition, is immediately enthralled, convinced that what the local people think is a magical beast may be a previously undiscovered species. As she sets out on its trail, she is introduced to William Ransome, Aldwinter's vicar.Like Cora, Will is deeply suspicious of the rumours, but he thinks they are founded on moral panic, a flight from real faith. As he tries to calm his parishioners, he and Cora strike up an intense relationship, and although they agree on absolutely nothing, they find themselves inexorably drawn together and torn apart, eventually changing each other's lives in ways entirely unexpected.Told with exquisite grace and intelligence, this novel is most of all a celebration of love, and the many different guises it can take
Summary
Freed from an unhappy marriage by her husband's death, Victorian widow Cora Seaborne settles in Colchester, where she pursues her interest in natural history by searching the Blackwater estuary for evidence of the Essex Serpent, a winged serpent dismissed as superstition by vicar Will Ransome, but greatly feared by the locals. With its heady atmosphere and lush descriptions, the novel vividly explores Victorian English society and culture through the experiences of its ensemble cast. -- Description by Gillian Speace
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New York Times Notable Book, 2017
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10548880
Cataloging source
NOV
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1979-
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Perry, Sarah
Dewey number
823.92
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Historical Fiction
  • Romance
Target audience
adult
Label
The Essex Serpent
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BORROWBOX:EPD_253503
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781782832041
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Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
The Essex Serpent
Control code
BORROWBOX:EPD_253503
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781782832041
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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