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Syms Covington really was Darwin's shooter from 1832 to 1839, and even after he emigrated to Australia, the men continued their tense relationship--until, that is, a copy of The Origin of Species arrived. Though the boy was never the naturalist's "beau ideal" of a collector, still, Roger McDonald writes,
It was a marriage of convenience they had, and Darwin was like the fiancée who gives her consent to the match for reasons of suitability but through lack of love rues the intimacy--yet all the time lauding the practicality.If this talented author occasionally lays on the archaisms too heavily, in Mr. Darwin's Shooter he has nonetheless fashioned a sensuous, provocative adventure. --Molly Winterbotham
Syms Covington, the protagonist of this magnificent novel, was a real person.
I almost didn't finish this book because of the difficult sentence structure and just plain hard to understand writing at times.
His books, in particular Mr Darwin's Shooter, should be read by anyone wishing to understand that truth.
Of all the books I read on a trip to Galapagos, this was my favorite. [see list below]
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An interesting insight into a little known man and his very valuable contribution to Charles Darwin's research. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Pam Valentine
Gothic, that is, in the peculiar literary sense applied to 19th Century novels of Romantic Imagination, from Bram Stoker to the Brontes to Herman Melville. There's a lot in "Mr. Read morePublished on January 3, 2011 by Giordano Bruno
This novel has been crafted around the life of Syms Covington, who was servant and assistant to Charles Darwin on the second voyage of the Beagle (December 1831 to September 1936). Read morePublished on September 17, 2010 by Jennifer Cameron-Smith
Great book to take with you as you travel through the Galapagos Islands or learning about Darwin's travels.Published on September 2, 2009 by Shara Castle
Syms Covington, the protagonist of this magnificent novel, was a real person. A seaman on board the HMS Beagle, he became the personal servant to Charles Darwin, helping him gather... Read morePublished on January 27, 2009 by Roger Brunyate
I enjoyed this book very much. I really had no idea what it was about before I picked it up, but was pleasantly surprised to find that it really hooked me, as far as the story... Read morePublished on October 27, 2004 by Matt heart books
I almost didn't finish this book because of the difficult sentence structure and just plain hard to understand writing at times. Read morePublished on July 30, 2004 by Mary Reinert