10/25/2014 - EDIT OF REVIEW BELOW:
With less than 100 pages left of almost 800, I must say that this is one of the most interesting books I have ever read. I now know more about, not only Charles Darwin but many other individuals,and of the times in which they lived. Without question, I remain joined with this subject creation and the Creator. Notwithstanding, I enjoyed this story about the man Charles Darwin, and now better understand his life and his convictions, which seem to have resulted from his own studies, experiences, and experiments together with what he learned from reading and comparing the work of others in many fields of study. We can each appreciate the sincere views of others even when these views differ from our own.
For the reader, there is much about his five years sailing from place to place studying species, and many studies laid out, so to speak, with fascinating results and subsequent discoveries discussed within this reading. This book of much to ponder offers good cause to better appreciate the times in which we now live, particularly the benefits of inoculations and other medical advances. This is a great story. I am so glad I read it. As for all those initial descriptions, these later fit into place, actually enhanced the story as the reading of it became more comfortable.
I never tired of it once I got into it, and highly recommend it.
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I had read Passions of the mind, a very good book by Irving Stone, Lust for Life, another good book, and had struggled through a bit too much detail in The Agony and the Ecstasy, until almost to the end, then I never finished it, but did see the movie, which was good. This book, The Origin, I could tell at once is also heavy on detail. However, I hope to understand more about the person, Darwin, (as I did about Fraud in Passions of the Mind, and about Van Gogh in Lust for Life, in which case the book was better than the Movie.
I am only on the second chapter, so I will need more time, especially as I also read a couple periodicals and am working on another volume from Durant's Story of Civilization. Durant is a much better writer than Stone, but Stone is okay, and he surely spent a lot of time with descendants of his subject in this book. I am eager to read more, but I do get a bit tired of all the descriptions of landscaping, buildings, and names of numerous friends and relatives, but I will get there. For now, if you are interesting in knowing more about Charles Darwin, I am sure your interest would get you through the book. Stone is not a bad writer, obviously. And, I thank him for providing the material from which I have learned more than I did about a few folks.
When I finished Passions of the Mind, I was sorry to have no more to read about Fraud, the man. It certainly improved my impression of him. I am hoping for more of the same with this book. If it does, you may be sure that I will increase the number of stars, because by then I will care even less about the way it was marketed.
- Mass Market Paperback: 792 pages
- Publisher: Penguin; Reissue edition (26 March 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451168100
- ISBN-13: 978-0451168108
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 386 g
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