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***Thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Australia for an eARC of this book. The following review is my honest reflection on the text provided.
I found this book absolutely fascinating. Alternating chapters contrasted Marie Curie’s actual life with an imagined version of what could have been had she stayed in Poland and gotten married. I enjoyed both versions and found the alternating chapters worked well to tell an overall story of feminism in science.
I didn’t know much about Marie Curie so the chapters relaying her actual life, with some artistic license, were incredible. The amount of work she completed, constantly fighting against society and her peers to be taken seriously and to be allowed to do what she loved is awe-inspiring. In the other chapters, I appreciated Cantor’s imagined life for Curie. She showed that Curie likely would have faced a lot of the same struggles as a woman who felt a strong push to be educated and to educate others. Without a formal education, living in near-poverty, she never truly gave up on her dream – she just had to face a lot more obstacles.
It was interesting to see the same characters showing up in both worlds, often with very significant differences. Overall I was caught up in this story and appreciated this unique perspective on Curie’s life and her contributions to the world.
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