03 January 2006

Read: The Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin

Note: I won't be doing the monthly book review and counting totals thing this year because I can't be bothered. Just mention of books that... seem worth mentioning.

The Voyage of the Beagle was mainly of historical interest for me, but was much more interesting than I expected. Darwin was a good writer, with unexpected wry humour in many of his descriptions of people and places he visited. The science is fascinating too, both from the historical perspective and because he was such a careful observer. Worth reading, if you think you will like it. On a personal note, his description of visiting New Zealand was hilarious, as well. The only part he liked was an English-style farm set up by some missionaries - everything else he hated with a passion.

Expect more along these lines, as Make Tea Not War gave me an omnibus edition of Darwin. Expect notes on The Origin of Species, The Descent of Man and The Expression of Emotions over the next few weeks.

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