Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species: A Graphic Adaptation
A stunning graphic adaptation of one of the most famous, contested, and important books of all time.
Few books have been as controversial or as historically significant as Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. Since the moment it was released on November 24, 1859, Darwin’s
"From the great Ostrich in Africa to its smaller cousins the rhea and emu in South America."
Forgetting to add "and Australia" is a small oversight and the origins of the emu ...more
So some serious degree-of-difficulty points for Michael Keller for making the attempt.
I was not surprised to find the results were a mixed bag. Darwin relies heavily on shear volume of evidence to make his case for natural selection as the mechanism for evolution. And while a picture may be worth a thousand words, ...more
I felt a little cheap reading the graphic adaptation, but all of the text was direct language from Darwin's book, or scientific commentary on it. (And the pictures were fantastic...)
I wanted to come away with the feeli ...more
Here the message from Michael Keller was too obscure for a newbie in evolutionary theory or Victorian English and was too trivial for an expert. No doubt Charles Darwin was one of the greatest genious of all time. But the century old thesis is too archaic and outdated to get you to turn the pages. I would recommend reading Richard Dawkins i ...more
Things I learned/Thoughts I had:
I think a lot of people misunderstand Darwin's assertion that apes and humans share a common ancestor. Many of the people who rail against evolution just can't believe that we've evolved from gorillas or orangutans, but that's not what Darwin was suggesting at all! He was asserting that both specie ...more
A beautiful adaptation of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species. Due to the content, the book reads kind of like a textbook, so I would say you'd appreciate it more if you are already accustomed to reading dense scientific texts. Although this book is more free-flowing and "user friendly" than my college science textbooks. ;)
However, this book was simple to read and I flew through it. The facts from Darwin's life and research are straight, and other ...more
I would have appreciated a greater explanation (an introduction, perhaps?) of how much was text from On the Origin of Species and how much was artistic license. About a third of the way through, I concluded that one particular font was Darwin's words, and another kind of font was used to illustrate examples of Darwin's principles using what we know now about evolutionary biology.
The selection of Darwin's text was quite dry: it's not really the kind of book that makes me w ...more
My reaction to the science was unusual: there were surprising tidbits and ramifications of "survival of the fittest" I had not previously realized and yet at the end of the book it all seemed like common sense and I can't think of what I learned that was new. The science is truly like that, both complex and simple at once.
This was a great introduction and good for beginners, but the prose was a little thick an ...more
Keller’s narrative expertly weaves the biographical and historical events in Darwin’s life with succinct lucid explanations on the many mechanisms behind his the ...more
Perhaps it is inevitable that any book on evolution produced today would respond to the controversy by trying to answer the objections of those who would add intelligent design to the curriculum. As a result, it is difficult for the reader to tell where Darwin's book ends and modern science begins. That make ...more
This graphic adaptation is pretty much what it says on the box. There's a bit of biographical information on Darwin in the beginning (in graphic novel form, of course) and then after that it's just a graphic novel version of The Origin of Species, putting illustrations to Darwin's original text ...more
I do suggest reading this book in small bursts unless one is really familiar with the contents already. There is so much information I found myself reading things twice at times! My only qualm was the illustrations of people. They really appeared poorly done t ...more
In terms of content, this is a decent way to get an overview of Darwin's great book, but the organization and layout in the book (especially in the intro and afterword) leave a lot to be desired. It took too much time on too many pages to figure out what image went with what text, and in what order the text should be read.
As a graphic adaptation, it's okay, but as you'll know if you're friends with me, I don't agree in the slightest ...more
The book also includes occasional more modern bits of information - these are usually spelled out as distinct from the Darwin portions in editors' notes, though at times it gets to be a bit confusing as to which parts are coming directly from Darwin and which parts aren't.