The Bone Sharps

The Bone Sharps❴Reading❵ ➷ The Bone Sharps Author Tim Bowling – Heartforum.co.uk Tim Bowling s new novel is a fictionalized account of the life and work of Charles Sternberg , student of the renowned American proto paleontologist Edward Drinker Cope Contrasting the astonishing d Tim Bowling s new novel is a fictionalized account of the life and work of Charles Sternberg , student of the renowned American proto paleontologist Edward Drinker Cope Contrasting the astonishing discoveries made in the bonefields of the Alberta badlands and the American plains with the chaos and destruction in the trenches of the First World War, The Bone Sharps evokes the pivotal transition from the nineteenth century world of order and faith The Bone PDF/EPUB or to the uncertainties of the modern era As the novel opens, Sternberg leads a new generation into the badlands to collect and identify dinosaur bones By night he is haunted by his previous exploits and by the ghost of his daughter, Maud, who died while working for one of his colleagues Sternberg is not the only sleepless soul in the camp Lily, a young assistant on the expedition, has had no mail from Sternberg s protege, Scott Cameron, who is fighting in the trenches in France she fears the worst As the novel progresses, Bowling brings to life this fascinating period in scientific exploration, reaching back to the Bone Wars that took place between Edward Drinker Cope and his rival Othniel Marsh in the late nineteenth century as the two men criss crossed the American West in search of new species and the notoriety that came with discovery In the sun drenched flats, the violent skirmishes and the candlelight of tents, Bowling brings readers into the world of early paleontology through the life of one of its most prolific forerunners According to the author In the spring of , along with my wife Theresa and our seven month old son Dashiell, I spent five weeks looking after our friends eighty acre ranch just outside of Dinosaur Provincial Park in southeastern Alberta During those five magical weeks in the ancient, eerie badlands landscape, I began to read some books about the region that our friends kept on their shelves Immediately, I was drawn to the tales of the pioneer paleontologists Their painstaking labours to extract and preserve dinosaur fossils in all that majesty of space and silence at the same time that western civilization was mired in the carnage and cacophony of World War I seemed both heroic and poignant Especially moving to me was the life of Charles Sternberg, a deeply religious American bone hunter who, with his three sons, had been hired by the Canadian government to find and preserve some of the Alberta badlands rich dinosaur heritage for our country s museums Over time, I began to see Sternberg as well as his mentor, Edward Drinker Cope as gatekeepers to a time of faith that twentieth century science and warfare would effectively destroy Their struggles to celebrate the spiritual through scientific discovery seemed as ancient and fragile as the bones they hungered to uncover Such individuals seemed to stand with one foot in the distant centuries and the other in the modern age.

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    The Bone Sharps eBook Á The Bone PDF/EPUB or In the sun drenched flats, the violent skirmishes and the candlelight of tents, Bowling brings readers into the world of early paleontology through the life of one of its most prolific forerunners According to the author In the spring of , along with my wife Theresa and our seven month old son Dashiell, I spent five weeks looking after our friends eighty acre ranch just outside of Dinosaur Provincial Park in southeastern Alberta During those five magical weeks in the ancient, eerie badlands landscape, I began to read some books about the region that our friends kept on their shelves Immediately, I was drawn to the tales of the pioneer paleontologists Their painstaking labours to extract and preserve dinosaur fossils in all that majesty of space and silence at the same time that western civilization was mired in the carnage and cacophony of World War I seemed both heroic and poignant Especially moving to me was the life of Charles Sternberg, a deeply religious American bone hunter who, with his three sons, had been hired by the Canadian government to find and preserve some of the Alberta badlands rich dinosaur heritage for our country s museums Over time, I began to see Sternberg as well as his mentor, Edward Drinker Cope as gatekeepers to a time of faith that twentieth century science and warfare would effectively destroy Their struggles to celebrate the spiritual through scientific discovery seemed as ancient and fragile as the bones they hungered to uncover Such individuals seemed to stand with one foot in the distant centuries and the other in the modern age."/>
  • Paperback
  • 312 pages
  • The Bone Sharps
  • Tim Bowling
  • English
  • 26 June 2017
  • 1554470358

10 thoughts on “The Bone Sharps

  1. Leo Robillard says:

    Tim Bowling is best known as a poet, perhaps even one of the country s greatest And those talents are in evidence in The Bone Sharps, his third novel.There are essentially three stories operating within this volume, concentrating on three different characters and several different time periods We meet Charles Sternberg in 1876 at the outset of his career as a palaeontologist, scouring the chalk lands of Montana for fossils We track his progress into 1896, through the death of his only daughte Tim Bowling is best known as a poet, perhaps even one of the country s greatest And those talents are in evidence in The Bone Sharps, his third novel.There are essentially three stories operating within this volume, concentrating on three different characters and several different time periods We meet Charles Sternberg in 1876 at the outset of his career as a palaeontologist, scouring the chalk lands of Montana for fossils We track his progress into 1896, through the death of his only daughter, and that of his benefactor and mentor Professor Cope And we see him again in 1916, still bent over the badlands, searching this time in Alberta haunted by his past and grievously ill We also follow the story of Scott, Sternberg s one time prot g now locked in the trenches of Europe burrowing for survival rather than discovery and Lily, labouring with Sternberg in 1916, writing to Scott and loving him from a distance We also follow Lily toward the end of her own life in 1975, on a strange personal journey Few writers can wield language with the facility and acuity of Bowling With him, even the most mundane and trivial become surprising and new In Banff, the mountains were black, inlaid with blue green, and surrounded the town like the sides of a tea cup Sitting in a restaurant, Lily thinks the men s voices buzzed like flies, and she waved quickly at her ears to rid herself of the sound The landscapes, whether they be the blasted, incandescent badlands of Alberta, or the muddy, treacherous trenches of France come to life here However, this same power of observation can work to Bowling s detriment as well Certain passages carry the weight of their descriptions Paragraphs stretch on ponderously for several pages As well, the reader cannot help but feel that Bowling is balancing a little too much in this novel Timelines become confusing, stories bleed into one another Oddly, Bowling may even have wanted this effect, for surely one of the novel s themes is the palimpsest how the same landscapes are worked and reworked and the past is never far from the surface To be sure, The Bone Sharps requires your full attention, but is, in the end, a rewarding read

  2. Shannon says:

    Lyrical historical fiction about the Bone Wars a sort of idealogical paleontological war between two early archeologists Cope and Marsh who spent their lives unearthing prehistoric fossils from the badlands of western North America Wagon roads, unruly horses, the ever present threat of Indians The story also follows the life of one of Cope s proteges Charles Sternberg We learn the arc of Sternberg s life from field assistant to veteran and esteemed bone sharp And then the third gene Lyrical historical fiction about the Bone Wars a sort of idealogical paleontological war between two early archeologists Cope and Marsh who spent their lives unearthing prehistoric fossils from the badlands of western North America Wagon roads, unruly horses, the ever present threat of Indians The story also follows the life of one of Cope s proteges Charles Sternberg We learn the arc of Sternberg s life from field assistant to veteran and esteemed bone sharp And then the third generation emerges Lily and Scott Working as field hands in the badlands of Alberta, the two form a tentative relationship that is put on hold due to Scott s conscription to the battle fields in France Woven through the book is a poetic lust for nature, for the scent of sage, and the rugged landscape of the badlands A mysticism towards God and creation, of evolution and extinction, of the worship of the wonders of life Of love, of wars, of brutality, of horrors, despair, loss This is an important book, and the execution belies the potentially dry and tedious nature of academia and archeology

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