9montserrat“The mind seemed to grow giddy by looking so far back into the abyss of time”.

The rounded peaks of the Sant Jeroni Conglomerate dwarf the tiny chapel of Sant Benet below on the right: on Montserrat geology is King. The Ninth Tale centres on the adventures of the famous geologist Charles Lyell in Catalonia during his visits to the Pyrenees, Barcelona and Montserrat. While Lyell muses on his mule, The Traveller visits the Eocene world forty two million years earlier to see for herself how the rocks of Montserrat began their days.
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