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The Origin

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  1,518 Ratings  ·  74 Reviews
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 arou ...more
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Published August 1st 1981 by Plume (first published 1980)
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Masumeh

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 د
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Ahmad Sharabiani
عنوان: شور هستی (زندگی چارلز داروین )؛ نویسنده: ایروینگ استون: مترجم: محمود بهزاد؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، مروارید، 1378، در 904 ص، شابک: 9646026664؛
رویدادهای زندگی چارلز داروین
DoctorM
Sep 15, 2007 DoctorM rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, biography
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 t ...more
Thomas
May 20, 2016 Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
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 rep ...more
Gob Kamolwan
Feb 15, 2014 Gob Kamolwan rated it it was amazing
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
May 23, 2010 Kenyon Harbison rated it liked it
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. ...more
Ann
Nov 15, 2014 Ann rated it liked it
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 le ...more
Jessajune
Jan 14, 2010 Jessajune added it
Shelves: biography
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
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LemonLinda
Aug 28, 2012 LemonLinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 interes
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Pedy gonzales
مترجمش بره یه شغل بهتر پیدا کنه
البته اگه مترجمش جناب گوگل ترنسلیتور نبوده باشه
حیفه این کتاب با این ترجمه
Jason
Apr 12, 2011 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 600
Would have given 4 stars in a heartbeat if not so tedious...
Eileen Mackin
Mar 14, 2017 Eileen Mackin rated it really liked it
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
Mar 22, 2012 R.A. Marsh rated it really liked it
Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Great 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 lif
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Rena Sherwood
Nov 29, 2014 Rena Sherwood rated it it was amazing
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 fundament
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Nicole D.
Mar 28, 2013 Nicole D. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 reall
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D.A. Cairns
Mar 23, 2013 D.A. Cairns rated it really liked it
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 remar ...more
Gail Amendt
Jun 24, 2014 Gail Amendt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 evolutiona ...more
Faith Justice
Nov 03, 2012 Faith Justice rated it liked it
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. ...more
Jody
Mar 17, 2015 Jody rated it it was amazing
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 accomp
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Jessica
May 04, 2008 Jessica rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Maureen
Mar 14, 2012 Maureen rated it liked it
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
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Lori
Feb 24, 2008 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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, whe ...more
Gigi
May 22, 2011 Gigi rated it it was amazing
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 collaborati ...more
Quinndara
Jun 04, 2015 Quinndara rated it really liked it
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 f ...more
Camille Siddartha
Feb 22, 2016 Camille Siddartha rated it it was amazing
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 clou ...more
Elisa M
Sep 10, 2011 Elisa M rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Jrohde
May 29, 2009 Jrohde rated it liked it
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
Feb 11, 2012 Sue rated it it was amazing
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!
Elizabeth
Jan 17, 2011 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
This is a biographical novel about one of the most influential men of modern time -- Charles Darwin. This author is very good at this genre, and this work is no exception. I feel as if I know Darwin intimately -- in private life -- because this work draws extensively from Darwin's actual letters. Especially interesting is the revelation of the physical toll take n by the stress of work as revolutionary and radical as Darwin's. As usual, it makes me want to read an actual biography.
Jennystephenson
Apr 07, 2009 Jennystephenson rated it liked it
Ok, this is not for everyone by any stretch. It appealed to me because of the Darwin angle. It was really cool to get such insight into his life and personality, however, this was a laborious read. Irving Stone is a great writter but you really have to love the topic to stick with his 700 and some pages. If you have read E.O.Wilson's The diversity of Species or any of Darwins writtings then you will enjoy this, if not, it is not for you.
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In 1923, Stone received his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley. In the 1960s, Stone received an honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Southern California, where he had previously earned a Masters Degree from the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences.

When at home, Stone relied upon the research facilities and expertise made available to him by Esther Euler
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