Dave Gaston's Reviews > The Reluctant Mr. Darwin: An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution

The Reluctant Mr. Darwin by David Quammen
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Sep 05, 10

bookshelves: nonfiction, biographies, discovery, evolution, history
Read in October, 2007

An excellent contemporary biography smartly delivering a layman’s understanding of Darwin’s life long pursuit and struggle to fully commit to his thesis Natural Selection and The Origin of Man. He sat and stewed over the publishing of the papers for close to 20 years. He spent two decades intricately preparing a defense for his radical ideas against the expected backlash of the Victorian age of creationism. Quannen’s writing style features robust character development salted with a little modern sarcasm (what a surprising mix for a science book). Just when you think Quannen’s chapter on crustations was getting a little... well ... crusty, Quannen makes a lightly humorous side slight and wraps it up. I’ll keep reading this guy. 10/25/07
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