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Darwin, the discoverer. He did not mean to rock the world. He meant only to know the truth. But before he was done, Charles Darwin would shake the faith of centuries...would be reviled as a fiend, denounced as a madman - and finally hailed as a genius. His life was a storm-swept voyage of discovery-from the moment when as a raw youth he set sail on a five-year journey arouDarwin, the discoverer. He did not mean to rock the world. He meant only to know the truth. But before he was done, Charles Darwin would shake the faith of centuries...would be reviled as a fiend, denounced as a madman - and finally hailed as a genius. His life was a storm-swept voyage of discovery-from the moment when as a raw youth he set sail on a five-year journey around the entire globe to his final years and epochal explorations into the ultimate mystery of human origins. Now Charles Darwin is brought to life in a superlative novel that captures not only the man himself but the Victorian age that produced him. These pages reveal the drama and passion of a beset by the prejudices of his era and by guessed-at dangers....

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  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2019-02-18 22:58

    The Origin, (1980), Irving StoneThe Origin is a biographical novel of the life of Charles Darwin written by Irving Stone. Darwin was a geologist and biologist, and could be considered the father of evolutionary theory. The novel begins with Darwin at the age of 22 and follows him through the Voyage of the Beagle until his death in 1882.تاریخ نخستین خوانش: هفدهم ماه آوریل سال 2000 میلادیعنوان: شور هستی (زندگی چارلز داروین )؛ نویسنده: ایروینگ استون: مترجم: محمود بهزاد؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، مروارید، 1378، در 904 ص، شابک: 9646026664؛ موضوع: رویدادهای زندگی چارلز داروین اثر ایروینگ استون از نویسندگان قرن 20 مشور هستی داستان رخدادهای زندگی چارلز داروین است؛ شور هستی داستان کشتی جنگی بیگل نیست، بلکه شرح و نگارش یک عمر پژوهش هوشمندانه است که به بهای از دست رفتن تندرستی داروین تمام شد. سبک بی نظیر ایروینگ استون چنان جامعیت دارد که به همه چیز تازگی میبخشد؛ از آشوب طوفان «کیپ هورن»، از دوستیهای بسیار صمیمانه و پرهیاهوی برخی از نوآوران انگلستان گرفته، تا آرامش مسیر ماسه ای خانه داروین در کنت را برای خوانشگر با واژه های متین باز میگوید. داروین انتخاب طبیعی را عامل گوناگونی جانداران؛ و سازگاری آنها به محیطهای مختلف زندگی روی زمین معرفی کرده است. از آن زمان تا کنون در نحوه ی اثر انتخاب طبیعی؛ و مفهوم آن تغییرات بسیار روی داده است. جان کلام آنکه بر اثر پیشرفتهای علمی زمان، داروینیسم تکامل یافته و صورتی دیگر و بهتر پیدا کرده است. و آنچه از آن مورد تایید قرار گرفته «تحول عالم جانداران از صورتهای ساده اولیه به انواع امروزی» است. از آنجا که این استنتاجات متکی به مدارک فراوانی است که از علوم: زمین شناسی، دیرین شناسی، کالبدشناسی مقایسه ای، جنین شناسی، توزیع جغرافیایی جانداران، فیزیولوژی و ژنتیک بدست آمده اند، نه تنها در عصر داروین، بلکه هم امروز نیز مورد پذیرش بیشتر دانشمندان قرار گرفته اند. ا. شربیانی

  • Masumeh
    2019-01-22 15:18

    داروین برای من عزیزترین دانشمند تاریخ است چرا که جنجالی ترین و متعالی ترین نظریه تاریخ انسان را نوشته است.اما راستش 900 صفحه برای زندگی نامه اش خیلی خیلی زیاد و ملال آور است.و همین از جذابیت کتاب خیلی کم می کند.همین میشود که نمی توانم به کسی توصیه کنم بخواندش از بس که حوصله ات از پیشروی کند و بی اهمیت ماجرا سر می رود. از بس که نوع روایت خطی است بی هیچ اوج و فرود خاصی که لازمه داستان است.منتها برای من خواندنش مهم و بارزش بود چون تقریبا تمام زیر و بم زندگی محبوبترین دانشمندم را مشاهده کردم. طبعن داروین قهرمانی در ذهن من بود بیشتر شبیه کاپیتان فیتزروی باصلابت و محکم و کمتر شبیه خودش، مردی زود رنج و حساس. منتها حتی سرنوشت او را هم با تمام زودرنجی و مزاج حساسش رها نمی کند و او را بازیگر بزرگترین بازی قرن می کند جایی که دانشجوی انصرافی پزشکی و کشیش ترک خدمت کرده بایستی بتواند به خود بقبولاند که گرچه ممکن است به الحاد و کفر متهم شود ولی او چیزی را می بیند که کسی پیش از آن ندیده است. عطشی که خواب و خوراک را از او میگیرد. بیست سال پیکار با خویشتن. بیست سال جنگ برای گفتن نظریه اش یا وانهادنش برای بعد از مرگ. ناگهان ظهور والاس،طبیعیدان جوانی که خیلی عادی و ساده مشاهدات افسانه ای داروین را با کمال روشنی و بی هیچ تردیدی اعلام میکند. آن حس ناگهان از دست رفتن همه چیز.آن تنهایی مردی که می داند و از دانستن خود در رنج است.دوستی فوق العاده اش با لایل/هاکسلی/هوکر. پدرش/کاپیتان فیتزروی عزیز و درخشنده ام/همه و همه خاطرات خوب این کتاب خوبند که ای کاش مختصرتر و هیجانی تر از این نوشته شده بود.اسفند 94_فوریه 2016

  • DoctorM
    2019-02-20 16:01

    I can't remember how old I was when I first read this--- sixteen? seventeen? The paperback copy I had was a battered old used thing even then. And no one ever accused Stone of being a great writer. But "The Origin" is still a favourite. I knew a little about Darwin when I first read this, knew that he'd made the "Beagle" voyage. But "The Origin" gave me Darwin the young man, gave me those five years aboard HMS "Beagle", gave me the middle-aged naturalist moving one slow, painful step at a time towards publication of "The Origin of Species"--- and that sent me on to a host of other accounts and biographies (and to Darwin's own wonderful account of his voyage). It's a slow book, and didactic. But it's a wonderful introduction to Darwin himself and to the world on natural history there at the dawn of modern biology. Look for a copy. It's worth it.

  • Thomas
    2019-02-03 23:02

    I enjoyed reading this book. It gave me insight into the man who wrote "On the Origin of Species" and provided the world with a scientific explanation for the evolution of species of plants, animals and man. I did not know that he wrote 24 other scientific books, on a wide variety of subjects, including: worms, barnacles , insectivorous plants, and the fertilization of orchids by insects. Despite accusations by religious fanatics, he did not mean to cast aspersions upon belief in god, but to report on what he observed in a precise, scientific manner. There is a great deal of detail on his family life. He was a devoted family man. If you want to know more about the human side of one of the world's greatest scientists, this is an excellent book, although rather long, 743p.Even though we are now in the 21st century, over 150 years since his Origin of Species book was published, there are still religious fanatics who want evolution to be classified as a theory and taught alongside "intelligent design" or "creationism".

  • Gob Kamolwan
    2019-02-02 18:58

    This is one of the most unforgettable books I have ever read. Ever. Irving Stone wrote about the life of Charles Darwin, introducing the reader, to not just the scientist behind the evolutionary theory, but the genius of a man during a time of controversy and conflict.

  • Kenyon Harbison
    2019-02-14 15:13

    A life story of Charles Darwin, another biographical novel by the fellow who essentially invented the genre. The book is marred by the fact that the only truly exciting thing Darwin ever did was the famous Beagle voyage. That took place over five or so years when he was very young, in his twenties. After a few intro chapters, almost half of THE ORIGIN is devoted to his Beagle voyage around the world, his stops, his collecting, etc., on that voyage. This is by far the best part of the this book. The remaining thirty-some years of Darwin's life are dealt with in the second half of the book, which is not as good (though it is not bad). It is just largely descriptions of his researches, his publications, his friendships -- and his friends who turn against him when The Origin of Species is published, then all of the fights, and the accolades, interspersed with scenes about his family life. It's good, it just feels like a bit of a hodgepodge, and like Stone is throwing in tons of facts just to get them in, without as much regard to telling a story; this is particularly true of the final 100 pages or so. But the great thing about Stone is that you get to live through the entire life of one of these famous people -- the books are impeccably researched; and you get to learn all kinds of interesting things. For example, who knew (rhetorical question) that the majority of Darwin's lifetime output was actually composed of long generalist-naturalist explorations of such non-controversial topics as earthworms, orchids, insect-eating plants, etc., or that he got his start writing about geology, not biological processes at all??? Not me! Who knew that he was independently wealthy because of a wealthy father, and because he was married to an heiress to the Wedgewood china fortune, and so never had to do anything but research, not even teach??? Not me! Also, with the Darwin book, it is interesting to read how we are still having the same debates, with the same rancor, over these ideas that are now over 150 years old.

  • Ann
    2019-02-18 17:27

    Irving Stone was a popular biographer in an earlier age when info on famous historical figures was less available. His feats of research balance out what now seems to be overblown prose. Because I was going to the Galapagos Islands, I read THE ORIGIN as a way to better understand Charles Darwin and how these islands influenced his life. I had to force myself to slog through the first 90 pages, since his wordy descriptions of even minor characters bogged down my thinking. Eventually, though, I let myself submerge into the author's style and read for enjoyment and instruction.Stone brings alive the young Darwin, who just in his early twenties took a voyage for which he was not prepared academically or physically, and certainly could not be considered an asset to the crew of a large ship. Stone shows Darwin's insecurities, the way he manifested emotional stress in his physical body, how his mind absorbed not only what he saw in the natural world on that voyage, but the greater implications.How amazing that less than two weeks in the Galapagos provided the light bulb that, combined with all the other research Darwin did on the 5-year scientific voyage on he Beagle, led to his theory of evolution. And also amazing, he continued to do research in a wide variety of scientific areas despite societal pressure against it, family issues and sometimes fragile health.There may be newer, less wordy books on Darwin, but this is a good background on the scientist (assuming all those bibiliographic sources were accurately used by the author, and given his reputation, I assume they were).

  • Jessica
    2019-01-26 20:16

    My Dad recommended this book to me - while it is told in novel format it is clear that the intention of Mr. Stone is to base as much in documented fact as possible. Sometimes this leads to a rather disjointed style, where succeeding paragraphs are more bits of data rather than connected narrative. Side bonus for me; I had a chance to visit Mr. Darwin's grave while I was only a few chapters into the book - it gave it an extra gravity and reality for me.EDIT a long time later: I misplaced the book while on vacation... no idea where it went. Maybe someday it will turn up, maybe not. I confess I'd forgotten all about it until I logged in and saw I was supposed to still be reading it.

  • LemonLinda
    2019-02-16 18:14

    Stone did a great job of presenting Charles Darwin, the man and his famous journey which ultimately resulted in his theory of evolution as well as his "survival of the fittest". Then he further to detail the rest of the story including family life and struggles to develop his much debated theories and finally his work to have all of his many books published.I felt that I learned so much from reading this book about his theories and about the first "scientists" in general. It was quite an interesting and well written account.

  • Pedy gonzales
    2019-02-05 16:22

    مترجمش بره یه شغل بهتر پیدا کنه البته اگه مترجمش جناب گوگل ترنسلیتور نبوده باشهحیفه این کتاب با این ترجمه

  • Jason
    2019-02-12 20:20

    Would have given 4 stars in a heartbeat if not so tedious...

  • Seaturtle
    2019-02-07 22:24

    An incredibly detailed fictional biography of Charles Darwin. It begins with young Darwin, having just graduated from divinity school, being chosen as a naturalist on the voyage of the HMS Beagle. The details of Darwin’s intensive research in all area of natural history portray a curious and serious scientist at the beginning of an era of great discovery. Mr. Stone spent five years researching this book . It is a fascinating portrayal of a dedicated and generous man of science who went where the science took him despite the disapproval of his contemporaries.

  • Warren
    2019-02-17 21:21

    A very difficult read. It would lose little if it were 200 pages shorter, but eliminated much of the personal family story about which there is tremendous detail. The portions on how Darwin reached his ultimate groundbreaking understanding about evolution should have been the focus of the book, but almost get lost in the saga of his immense family. Disappointing.

  • Eileen Mackin
    2019-02-05 18:23

    Must have taken years for Irving Stone to write this book. Interesting story about Charles Darwin and his trip and his collections and his thoughts about it all.

  • R.A. Marsh
    2019-02-12 17:02

    Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet” – Ralph Waldo EmersonGreat books remain relevant for a reason – because they teach us something. They better us; broaden our understanding of the world and its many fascinating inhabitants. And for that reason they deserve to be re-introduced, from time to time, so they may find in this vast ocean of distractions, some few new fertile islets upon which to propagate. One such enduring saga is Irving Stone’s 1980 exploration of the life of Charles Darwin, The Origin. So much more than a fictional biography of one of the greatest minds who ever lived, it serves to immerse us in his world and enable us to understand better the true heights of his genius and courage. It lays bare the distinctly human aspect of the man himself through an exploration of his fears and insecurities over his own writing, and how the world may ultimately perceive him.More than a century and a half after the publication of Darwin’s highly controversial, On the Origin of Species, there remains as animated a debate as in Darwin’s own time over its implications. Nowhere is this more evident than in the movement in some States’ schools to suppress even the merest exposure of our children to such theories, for fear they might take hold on those delicate minds and stamp out, once and for all, that most cherished of possessions – ignorance. Stone’s approach to the material is purely as an impartial observer. He delves admirably into the lives and work of all the leading men of science of the time, whether in favor of or violently opposed to Darwin’s theories, while at the same time painting such a moving and endearing portrait of Darwin’s family and personal relations, and his lifelong struggles with his health, that the reader truly feels a connection to the man whose name we have all known since childhood; the name that has become, whether it was his intention or not, synonymous with the decline of religion’s domain over science. The reader feels keenly the doubts that Darwin harbored, and the fears he justifiably maintained for his family’s safety as he debated within himself, over the course of twenty long years of diligent study, whether the world was ready for the truths which he had unwittingly unearthed, and whether he himself had the courage to unleash them.Stone was a writer well known for his thorough researching of historical figures, having already by this time published to critical acclaim fictional biographies of Vincent Van Gogh (Lust for Life) and Michelangelo (The Agony and the Ecstasy) to name but a few. In fact, my only criticism of this novel may well be that it is too thorough, and those with less interest in the subject than I foster may well be mired in the Amazonian mud early on in the descriptions of the Beagle’s circumnavigation of the globe. But if one perseveres, evolves with the reading of the material, it becomes clear how necessary the details have been in allowing us to understand the germination of Darwin’s radical theories from the simplest observation of parasitic Chilean barnacles, to the omnipresent image of those Galapagos finches. We are witness to the transmutation of Darwin himself – from a naïve and untested amateur naturalist of only twenty-two at the commencement of the HMS Beagle’s 5-year hydrographic voyage, to the revolutionary thinker and astonishingly prolific writer he would become. Who knew, for example, that Darwin penned 25 books in all, on such varied subjects as the classifications and variations of the world’s barnacles, earthworms and insectivorous plants, through the Descent of Man himself, to name but a few. All of these seemingly random and varied researches were connected, in Darwin’s mind, as explorations and further proofs of his one great theory of evolution. All his life he endeavored, with unfathomable energy, to delve so deeply and so profoundly into the very bedrock of the world’s mysteries, so far beyond any who had come before him, that there should be no doubt but that his theories were true; that even his detractors, for he knew there would be many, would find unstable and precarious footing no matter how, or from which hillock of antiquated knowledge they endeavored to attack him. That one man could have cast his net so widely, and with such bounty, to have written so extensively on such varied topics, is almost beyond comprehension. And yet Stone’s admirable research and fluid, at times poignantly witty dialogue manage to bring Darwin and his odd cast of fellow conspirators fairly leaping off the page to lie, no doubt in some distant epoch, fossilized in our brains.

  • Rena Sherwood
    2019-01-31 19:22

    Charles Darwin had a nickname for his seminal work, "On the Origin of Species" (1859) – "The Origin" (1980), which is why biographical novelist Irving Stone chose that as the title of his novel about Darwin. Although the novel is a work of fiction which takes some liberties with Darwin's personal life and thoughts, this still is a detailed chronicle about the evolution of Darwin's theory of evolution.Despite the dour thinker presented in portraits and the evil atheist presented in some fundamentalist religions, Darwin comes across as a very tender-hearted character that goes through deep struggles and surpasses them. He first wanted to be a doctor and then a clergyman, but soon realized that neither calling was for him. He did worry about how that would affect his parents, whom he loved. This simple worry speaks a lot about Darwin's character and what he had to go through at his time.Not AloneIt was wrongly presumed that Darwin was a brilliant genius in order to come up with "On the Origin of Species", but this is not true – and Darwin was the first to point out his many colleagues that helped to inspire him. First off there, was Leonardo da Vinci, which mused that the earth had to be a lot older than what he had been told. Then there were all of Darwin's geologist friends, which also told him that the earth had to be far older than 6,000 years.Darwin's own grandfather, Dr. Erasmus Darwin, is considered by some to have been the real writer of the theory of evolution. But the elder Darwin was a doctor by trade and did not have the opportunity that Charles did of sailing around the world examining animals, fish, birds and insects. He did write poetry and is seen in the book telling Charles that all of life is interconnected and that God had nothing to do with it.The StorytellingCompared with other of Irving's novels, such as "Lust for Life" (1934) about Vincent Van Gogh, "The Origin" is far superior. After 45 years of writing, Stone is here at the height of his writing powers. He is able to sift through the mountains of work left behind by Darwin and his contemporaries and put together an intricate, amusing and invigorating read.For this reader, the most memorable scene takes place in Darwin's later life, when his son is able to assist him. His son comes across his father peering through a microscope and hastily taking notes. When his father sees him, Darwin smiles and exclaims, "Work is life!" You can almost picture him quivering in happiness. That's now what I think of when I think of Darwin.

  • Nicole D.
    2019-01-29 19:04

    Not only was this a long book, it was an intense book requiring a ton of concentration. However, it was well worth the effort. Irving Stone brilliantly detailed the life of Charles Darwin and it was completely fascinating. Darwin's The Origin of Species is 150 years old (give or take) and becoming immersed in the world of the 1830's - 1880's reminds you how much the world has changed.In the 1830's these people were just learning about dinosaurs, and science wasn't even an accepted practice really and if they wanted to travel it was via long sea voyages. They didn't even have typewriters. Compared to what we know today and the technology we have today and the way we travel, you really have to admire these men like Darwin and his compatriots (one of them being Aldous Huxley's grandfather) for what they endured in the name of discovery. It took extreme courage and conviction for Darwin to publish what he did in that time. To take on creation and thus the church. What's most interesting (and my really long way of getting here) is that in spite of the vast differences in the world today and the world of Darwin's day, people remain polarized on the issue of creation. Very little on that has changed and when you put that in perspective, it sort of boggles the mind.This book is out of print, but I highly recommend it. You can get it used from Amazon or Alibris. Incidentally, I'm not a science person at all ... so this was a real departure for me, and I enjoyed it.

  • D.A. Cairns
    2019-01-22 23:21

    A biographical novel which really showed me the man behind the theory. It references Darwin's own personal writings, and the work of his contemporaries. I feel like I know Charles Darwin very well after reading this extraordinarily detailed account of his life. Chock full of amzing quotes and fascinating insights into the inner workings of one of the great minds of the nineteenth century. Darwin's theories continue to underpin modern scientific exploration into the origin of life, and this remarkable novel by Irving Stone lays out how Darwin came to believe what he did about the evolution of life on Earth.I disagree with his conclusions but I found myself filled with admiration for his bravery and fortitude. His wife, Emma is portayed as a mighty figure in his life, and their love and devotion to each other and to their children was evident. I found so much to like about this novel and enjoyed working slowly through it, digesting it and savouring the information it presented.My only criticism is that it did not move me emotionally. It came across as straight reporting despite the strong and colourful language used by the author. It felt a little episodic in places, and on occaison was mired in excessive detail, but these are minor criticisms. I loved it, and I highy recommend it. Whether you believe in creation, evolution, some mix of the two, or you have no idea, The Origin is a terrific story of an amzing man who lived an amazing life.

  • Gail Amendt
    2019-01-30 20:00

    This is a very fascinating and well researched fictionalized biography of Charles Darwin, and gives us a very good look at the life of this complex and brilliant man. Darwin's name will forever immediately bring to mind his work on evolution, but his work in other fields of biology and in geology was extensive. I had no idea he had published so many books and papers on a wide range of topics. It was interesting to learn of his internal struggles as he realized what the reaction to his evolutionary theory would be, and wondered if he would have the courage to face it. It was also interesting to learn about the fledgling field of natural science in the 1800's, which was not taken seriously. I was surprised to learn that little science was taught in schools and it was not considered part of a well rounded education. My only complaints about this book concern the writing. I was irritated by the author's need to describe in detail the physical appearance of almost every character we are introduced to. His extreme attention to detail made this book long and at times a bit tedious, and resulted in awkward sentences and unrealistic dialog as he attempted to cram so many facts into the story. I wish Goodreads would allow half stars to be given, as this book really deserves four and a half stars.

  • Faith Justice
    2019-02-05 16:22

    I finally powered my way through this door-stopper. I generally like long books, but this one was a bit of a trial. I put it down four times to read other books that I needed to review. Only the subject matter of Charles Darwin kept me at it. Darwin is a pivotal figure in science: a towering intellect and still a lightning rod for those who believe the Christian Bible is a literal history of the world. I enjoyed my journey through this fictionalized version of Darwin's life and thinking process. His writing and contributions to science go way beyond the common knowledge of the origin of species and natural selection. Stone did a Herculean job of research and (seemed to) cram every scrap into this manuscript. That's the main reason for three stars--I could have done without a dissection of (what seemed like) every single review of Darwin's works, an updated description of every secondary character as they aged, and a travel report on every family vacation. What I did enjoy were the relationships--Darwin's initially with his shipmates on The Beagle, then later with his scientist peers and his family, and--most importantly--with his work. Fascinating journey!

  • Jody
    2019-02-20 16:06

    This blew me away. Charles Darwin has been a long-time science super-hero of mine because of his penetrating perception of the magnificent theory of evolution, in a time when germ theory was just beginning to establish itself, nevermind molecular biology and genetics not even existing yet. But "The Origin" introduced me to the man himself. The brilliant, courageous and tender-hearted man, as well as his few very good friends and colleagues without whom he would have had a much harder time accomplishing the work he and the world needed.Anyone with a passion for science or even mild interest in evolution only, should take the time to read this. It transports you back 150 years and lends insights into not only Darwin's life but all of Victorian life in England. From the exciting Beagle voyage of 5 years in Darwin's youth, through all his hard years of study and publishing, to the last few breaths of his life, I, at least, was captivated.

  • Jessica
    2019-02-07 18:22

    Once again, Irving Stone takes something I never thought would be all that fascinating, and turns it into a gripping story that cannot be put down. This time it's the history of Charles Darwin. I knew about Darwin, the Beagle, The Origin of Species, etc, etc, whatever, fine. But Stone makes you see Darwin, the man. Troubled by ill health all of his life, conflicted over what his findings on evolution might mean for people's spirituality, it's all here. I was surprised to find that Darwin, who I always imagined tramping about the fields and then hunching over a microscope with his findings, lived a quiet life in the countryside with his family, and really never wanted anything else. He was quite shy, and loved his children deeply. A deeply spiritual man, I think he might ultimately have been happier staying home and becoming a vicar. Stone, as always, illuminates his subject with delicacy and even love.

  • Maureen
    2019-02-19 22:06

    I read this book hoping to get a better understanding of Darwin's evolutionary theory. With all the controversy over evolution versus creationism, science versus religion, I feel I cannot formulate an intelligent opinion on either side since I don't understand enough about evolution. What I learned after over 700 pages is that it is a complex scientific theory that I may never fully understand. Aside from that, I enjoyed the book. The first half covered Darwin's five-year voyage around the world on The Beagle. I found this very interesting. I enjoyed following the crew to the many places they visited, some well populated, others deserted. The second half told the story of Darwin's life after his return from the voyage. While I did enjoy this part, it was not as good as the first half.

  • Lori
    2019-01-25 21:14

    This book was very enlightening for me. Darwin's theory is explained through his scientific ponderings. The idea of evolution, as I understand it now, isn't necessarily about the jump from species to species but more about an evolution within the species. Not monkey to man, but more like primitive monkey to evolved monkey. A monkey that survives it's surroundings.... a little deep maybe but the book reads like classic Irving Stone. He tells the story of Darwin's travels, what interested him, where he went, how he made his conclusions. I found the whole thing interesting. This is more educational than thrilling to read but I wasn't bored, I enjoyed it.

  • Gigi
    2019-02-08 15:14

    Great book! Fascinating! Charles Darwin was a brilliant and dedicated scientist. the book provides insights into the close network of scientists working alongside Darwin in England and how prolific Darwin was and how hard he worked. Yet, he had close friends and corresponded daily with colleagues all over the world. I had always wondered just how a scientist produces a monumental work like Origin of Species. After reading this book I understand that it was years of dedicated work and collaboration. And, though it all, you see that Darwin is still human...a husband and father, local citizen and friend.

  • Quinndara
    2019-02-15 19:06

    Reading Stone's book about Charles Darwin was like seeing a movie. He describes in detail manners, environments, fashions, neighborhoods, country houses, aspirations, relationships, and events. I especially liked the details given about Darwin's voyage on the Beagle. Darwin's strength, vitality, adventuresome nature, enterprise, curiosity, work ethic, studiousness, attention to detail, curiosity, and desire to explore and know the world was wonderful to learn about. I enjoyed reading about his friends and their families, and the high points of the times.

  • Camille Siddartha
    2019-02-11 17:09

    I can see why it is a must read...I mean between most of the stupid things these people say...Most of these people are complete frauds. It does shed light into humans complete loss of what they want to believe and what to believe...The thing is...you all listen to this...Great read though...For those of you who want to wake up to earth before it is destroyed...I suggest you start meditation...You need to find out for yourself,this world is not what is suppose to be...A great disturbance has clouded the human race...

  • Elisa M
    2019-02-08 15:07

    This was my fourth try with this book, and it feels like a real accomplishment to have finally finished it! It took me nine months of picking the book up and reading one or two pages before putting it down again. In my opinion, it's not particularly well-written (I've read other books by the author that have a much better flow)- read purely as fiction, I would only have given it two stars. But the book goes into so much depth- I had to add stars for the amount of research that went into it, and the amount of knowledge that I now have about Charles Darwin.

  • Jrohde
    2019-02-20 19:13

    I tried this so called "fiction" to have an easier read on Darwin in this 200th year of his birth. at over 600 pages, it does that, but at a cost of skipping a lot of science. I find the tale hardly compelling and writing rather mundane. I am reading both Darwinds tale of the voyage of the Beagle and the Origin of Species at the same time - slower going but more informative. More on those later.

  • Sue
    2019-02-05 21:22

    I became addicted to Irving Stone... although I don't remember the order I read his historical novels. Some did not come up on GoodReads like Benjamin Franflin, Mary Todd Lincoln,... This is the story of Charles Darwin - the Voyage of the HMS Beagle. Pull out your map of South America. You will learn so much about observation, notebooks, sending those specimens back to London,... Another Must-Read!