The authors bring to life Darwin’s reckless student days in Cambridge, his epic five-year voyage on the Beagle, and his grueling struggle to develop his theory of . Darwin: The life of a tormented evolutionist. By Adrian Desmond and James Moore. New York: Warner Books. pp. ISBN 0‐‐‐2. $35 (cloth ). As part of the celebration of Darwin’s bicentenary, we invite you to join us reading what is considered by many to be the definitive biography.

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The writing helps a lot here. What is so fascinating is how the authors take pains to show how Darwin’s ideas were shaped, particularly with relevance to the religious turmoil ov Part of an Amazon shopping spree I treated myself to this week, this is proving an excellent read so far.

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Later on, Darwin’s money came from farms his father bought him, living the Dickensian dream. Their method fits their goal: Stephen Jay Gould was right when he described this book as “the” biography to read about Charles Darwin. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. There of course is plenty of tormentex in this great book, but it’s not the main focus of the authors.


Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The gentleman was Charles Darwin: Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Darwin begins in politics and ends in religion. Another 19th century depressive changes human history. How do you account for? Am getting up to the part where he begins his Beagle voyage. At the beginning of Darwin’s career, science was mostly tbe by “unemployed gentlemen scholars” of which there is nowadays only onebut the employment model changed during his life towards what we have now, mostly government-funded.

Darwin: The Life of a Tormented Evolutionist

Aug 01, Jack rated it really liked it. Red evolutionists – visionaries who see life marching inexorably upward, powered from below – denounce the props of an old static society: Paperbackpages. A good biography should give a clear portrait of the person and in addition fully colour in the background so you feel you have unintentionally learnt about the world this person inhabits along the way.

At this moment, how could an ambitious thirty-year-old gentleman open a secret notebook and, with a devil-may-care sweep, suggest that headless hermaphrodite molluscs were the ancestors of mankind?

The authors do a great job of elucidating a life that was sedentary and yet full A wonderful book.

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Totally recommend it to anyone I know. And the authors provided lots of interesting detail and glimpses into his personality.


But I still liked the book and would recommend it. I have to read a biography on Huxley, “Darwin’s bulldog”, eevolutionist – luckily Adrian Desmond wrote on, too. We long for a light to shine into our darkness, and for the darkness to not overcome it. Aug 30, Mark Bowles rated it it was amazing. Feb 22, Kishwar Jaffer rated it it was ok.

Darwin: The Life of a Tormented Evolutionist – Adrian Desmond & James Moore ****

As the title says, he was a tormented man. I learned a lot about Darwin that I’d never known before. One of the best biographies I’ve ever read. People who want their history cut-and-dry; this book belongs to narrative history, often describing things which the author could have no way of knowing. The authors do a great job of elucidating a life that was sedentary and yet full of discovery.

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