Deborah Heligman's new biography of Charles Darwin is a thought-provoking account of the man behind evolutionary theory: how his personal life affected his work and vice versa. The end result is an engaging exploration of history, science, and religion for young readers.
©2008 Deborah Heiligman; (P)2008 Listening Library
Why this book is being hyped for teens and young adults is beyond me. I'm sixty and found it to be informative, interesting, and moving. The love story of Charles and Emma was amazing, considering the vast differences in their beliefs. There's just enough of the usual "Charles Darwin" history to keep one riveted. Something for the romantic and something for the scientist.....don't monkey around, you should naturally select this book!
I couldn't stop listening to this. The author did a wonderful job weaving together the story of Charles Darwin's personal and scientific life, and created a really vivid picture of Charles and Emma Darwin's relationship and family life. The book has also inspired me to read (well actually to listen to) Origin of Species.
The marriage of Charles and Emma Darwin should not be a good book. There are no secrets, no lies, no affairs - was there even a quarrel? Normally reading a book about two people so totally devoted to each other would be at best boring, more likely, nauseating; but this book is arresting and uplifting. This view of the Darwins is unique, its a personal narrative with only a little science instead of the other way around. It is not without tension, but is full of deep emotion that held me for the duration. The last paragraph is perhaps the most touching and poetic thing I have ever read in a biography of any kind.
I found the train of thought fascinating as Darwin developed his ideas. Even more interesting was the love he and his Emma shared, though their philosophies differed so dramatically.
The death of their ten year old daughter, Annie was poignant and mystifying to me. That he did not visit her grave for so many years was puzzling, as he was the only parent in the vicinity when she died.
She is able to convey characters with voices both believable and easy on the ears.
Love across a chasm.
I am grateful for this mode of
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