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THE VOYAGE OF THE BEAGLE (non illustrated) [Kindle Edition]

Charles Darwin
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"The Voyage of the Beagle" is Charles Darwin's journal of his experieces as a naturalist on a scientific data gathering expedition that began in December of 1831 and ended in October of 1836. He taveled around South America and into the Pacific to Australia, Tahiti and New Zealand. Throughout the journey he made very careful observations of the flora and fauna, and collected a multitude of specimens to ship back to England for future study. Much of the data he gathered on the voyage was used as the basis of the theory of evolution he later developed. (non illustrated)


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In 1831, Charles Darwin embarked on an expedition that, in his own words, determined my whole career. The Voyage of the Beagle chronicles his five-year journey around the world and especially the coastal waters of South America as a naturalist on the H.M.S. Beagle. While traveling through these unexplored countries collecting specimens, Darwin began to formulate the theories of evolution and natural selection realized in his master work, The Origin of Species. Travel memoir and scientific primer alike, The Voyage of the Beagle is a lively and accessible introduction to the mind of one of history's most influential thinkers.

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  • Print Length: 504 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GKNOS0
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172 of 179 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Caution, this is an abridgement. December 19, 2002
Format:Paperback
I bought this version when I could not find my old copy. On trying to find a favorite passage (Darwin's revulsion at a parasitic wasp in Brazil and the inconsistency of such cruelty with any providential design of nature by a good God), I noticed that it was not there. I do not know what else is missing. I find it infuriating that this was not adequately noted on the cover of the book. I always prefer books as the author wrote them, especially when the author is Darwin. This is a lively, beautiful and haunting work that I first read when I was thirteen and have read twice since. Readers deserve the whole thing.
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77 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charles Darwin as Indiana Jones September 27, 2004
Format:Paperback
We all know Charles Darwin as a scholarly bearded old English gentleman, and like Leonardo da Vinci, Darwin has this image defining him for all future generations. Even though most everyone knows Darwin spent five years traveling the oceans on the HMS Beagle, the image of a young dynamic Darwin never takes over. Reading this book will change this.

Darwin sailed on the Beagle, a small three-mast sailing ship, and circumnavigated the globe. Over five years, he visited numerous islands in the Atlantic and Pacific and extensively surveyed the east and west coasts of South America. He hiked up and down mountains, traveled on horseback across the arid Argentinean plains, crossed the lonely Peruvian desert, and trekked the grandiose Chilean Cordilleras. He thought nothing of packing a train of mules for a two-month overland journey across the Andes going from Chile to Argentina and back again. On all his land expeditions he hired local guides, from Gauchos in Argentina to South Pacific islanders in Tahiti. Darwin's accounts of his expeditions are not only interesting adventures, they are also good portraits of the people he met. These include Latin American governors and generals, Argentinean ranchers, very primitive natives on Tierra del Fuego, and so on.

The journal begins with an account of Cape de Verd islands, then most of the book is spent on Brazil, Argentina, and Chile, and we have to wait until Chapter 17 before we get to what all Darwin fans really want to read, namely the account of his visit to the Galapagos. Though short, the account does not disappoint. We read of Darwin's finches, of two allied species of lizards, and of the giant turtles. Darwin also presents his great insight: that geographical isolation contributes to speciation.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charles Darwin as Indiana Jones September 27, 2004
Format:Paperback
We all know Charles Darwin as a scholarly bearded old English gentleman, and like Leonardo da Vinci, Darwin has this image defining him for all future generations. Even though most everyone knows Darwin spent five years traveling the oceans on the HMS Beagle, the image of a young dynamic Darwin never takes over. Reading this book will change this.

Darwin sailed on the Beagle, a small three-mast sailing ship, and circumnavigated the globe. Over five years, he visited numerous islands in the Atlantic and Pacific and extensively surveyed the east and west coasts of South America. He hiked up and down mountains, traveled on horseback across the arid Argentinean plains, crossed the lonely Peruvian desert, and trekked the grandiose Chilean Cordilleras. He thought nothing of packing a train of mules for a two-month overland journey across the Andes going from Chile to Argentina and back again. On all his land expeditions he hired local guides, from Gauchos in Argentina to South Pacific islanders in Tahiti. Darwin's accounts of his expeditions are not only interesting adventures, they are also good portraits of the people he met. These include Latin American governors and generals, Argentinean ranchers, very primitive natives on Tierra del Fuego, and so on.

The journal begins with an account of Cape de Verd islands, then most of the book is spent on Brazil, Argentina, and Chile, and we have to wait until Chapter 17 before we get to what all Darwin fans really want to read, namely the account of his visit to the Galapagos. Though short, the account does not disappoint. We read of Darwin's finches, of two allied species of lizards, and of the giant turtles. Darwin also presents his great insight: that geographical isolation contributes to speciation.
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68 of 72 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Penguin Version is abridged, with no warning on the cover December 17, 2003
Format:Paperback
The 1 star is for Penguin, because the cover does not warn you that the content has been sharply abridged. Darwin's thinking and writing are wonderful -- but grossly and unfairly cut to ribbons.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't get the Wordsworth Edition April 1, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is an extremely interesting book; well worth reading. However I would not recommend getting the edition published by Wordsworth (ISBN 185364768). It was not proof-read very carefully, and contains a lot of typographical errors.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars this is the abridged version December 12, 2004
By Roxanne
Format:Paperback
This is not a review, but a warning. Browsing for copies of Darwin's journal of his voyage on the Beagle, I read the reviews below. I would point out that McEvilly says that this book is unabridged; Cliffe says it is abridged. The Penguin USA web site doesn't say which it is, but the Penguin UK site says that the text of this edition has been shortened. So if you're looking for the full text, this doesn't appear to be it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This Kindle edition stinks-- no pictures July 12, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This free Kindle edition stinks-- no pictures. Darwin refers to the illustrations in the text, but they are not there. Get the Kindle Version With Images from Gutenberg.org instead, which otherwise is the same text, right down to the page numbers which are included just as text on their own line (and that's where footnotes are included too.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars voyage of discovery
True story from the man himself. A must-read for those of a scientific bent.
Published 1 month ago by Linda Umstead
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very Good, highly recommend.
Published 2 months ago by Robert J. Karigan Sr.
5.0 out of 5 stars An enduring highly readable piece of brilliance; rich with ...
An enduring highly readable piece of brilliance; rich with insight, enthusiasm, clarity and original thinking. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr Kim Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't tell me he wasn't having fun
Remember this says "Journal" and that is what it is. It is his first parson adventures on and off the Beagle. Read more
Published 2 months ago by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 3 months ago by Kerry Hawkins
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a hard read
This is a bit of a hard read. I did not get very far.
Published 3 months ago by Gregory Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars A true classic
Darwin's style is easy to read and whets my appetite to read his more technical writings. Now, I must also read Origins again. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Charla Haas
4.0 out of 5 stars It is very interesting... but sometime a ...
It is very interesting ... but sometime a little hard to read. I am sure this must be a direct version ... the spelling of some of the places is sometimes unique. Read more
Published 5 months ago by S. Isgrigg
5.0 out of 5 stars An 'armchair' travel around the world.
I found this book fascinating. Not only was Darwin a botanist, but was also very well versed in Geology, and Anthropology. Read more
Published 5 months ago by John Yuill
5.0 out of 5 stars My Error
My original one star review stated that this edition was abridged. I apologize to readers here as I double checked it and found that I am mistaken. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mani Delli
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