Imagine a tale involving Indiana Jones, Charles Darwin, Crocodile Dundee, Erin Brockovich, Ferris Bueller, Alain Robert, Heathcliff, Thomas More...
To think that such a tale could be a true story would be surreal. That the characters mighty all be rolled into one man would be incredible. But, astonishingly, Charles Waterton had the soul of all of the above. His biography is absolutely fascinating in many different contexts. If you like a meandering tale in flowery prose then perhaps Richard Aldington’s version is for you. Unfortunately, his is often rambling and aimless and occasionally the narrative is coloured by the prejudices of his era. Julia Blackburn’s version is the definitive version without a doubt. It is insightful, objective, contemporary, and thoroughly researched. A little slow to start, perhaps, but necessarily to form a solid base for the story. Once the adventure gets traction it is utterly captivating. This story could make a blockbuster epic movie and Julia Blackburn’s chronicle would be the perfect basis. So if you’re still looking for a climax to your career, Mr. Spielberg..!
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Charles Waterton 1782-1865: Traveller and Conservationist Kindle Edition
Julia Blackburn is an astute and gifted biographer...Her style is economical, and where appropriate graceful; always lucid, sometimes poetic, never gushing...Her book will intrigue and enthral ― Spectator --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Julia Blackburn is the author of Charles Waterton, The Emperor's Last Island, Daisy Bates in the Desert, which was shortlisted for the Waterstones/Esquire Non-Fiction Award., The Book of Colour, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and, most recently, The Leper's Companions, also shortlisted for the Orange Prize. She lives in Suffolk --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B00B2N5GTE
- Publisher : Vintage Digital; New Ed edition (31 March 2013)
- Language : English
- File size : 2128 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 256 pages
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- 674 in Ecotourism
- 1,205 in Biographies of Environmentalists & Naturalists (Books)
- 1,273 in Biographies & Memoirs of Scientists
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Great read about an an astounding man.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 February 2020
Darwin greatly respected this scholar-naturalist, who may have been the first conservationist.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 July 2016
The original Yorkshire gentleman-naturalist, & charmingly eccentric proto-ecologist. What an absolute original -- strangely ahead of his time in founding his own nature preserve.
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Wonderful bookReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 October 2013
Having watched and listened to David Attenborough on 9th March 2013 speaking of his admiration for Waterton at the opening of the new Wakefield Museum an interest in learning more about Waterton was ignited within me......I was not disappointed and am truly intrigued by the story of this amazing man. Proud to be from Wakefield!
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The amazing explorerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 August 2015
A fascinating and absorbing view into the life of someone who could have been another Charles Darwin but constrained probably because of Catholic perceptions of the time
Mrs. B. Claughton
FascinatingReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 May 2013
Although a used book it is wonderful condition. I am enjoying it as he is an ancestor of one of my relatives
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