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The Voyage of the Beagle Paperback – November 1, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1619492813 ISBN-10: 1619492814

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Beagle Press (November 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1619492814
  • ISBN-13: 978-1619492813
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Charles Darwin (1809-82) was an evolutionary scientist, best-known for his controversial and ground-breaking work of non-fiction Origin of Species, and for his theories on the survival of the fittest. M.Neve is based at the Wellcome Trust, UCL. He teaches and researches the history of psychiatry and life sciences.

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I bought this book in preparation for a trip to the Galapagos.
Frances L. Bills
I found this book enjoyable to read as it is very descriptive and anyone with a genuine interest in either history or science will enjoy this book I think.
William Nolan
Darwin refers to the illustrations in the text, but they are not there.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 12, 2011
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 7, 2013
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This would be one of the most influential books I've read. As a biology student in high school, I read "Voyage of the Beagle" and "Origin of the Species." The latter is rather dry and tough going, especially for a high school student, but "Voyage" is a travel journal of discover. Darwin sailed on the "Beagle" with Captain FitzRoy and discovered a new world of plants and animals and geography so different, so exciting that his journal conveys his wonder and delight. So this is the most readable of Darwin's writings.

I was influenced enough by this book to actually study zoology as my major in university, and though eventually I took a career in another scientific field, I retained my love of the natural world. Eventually almost a half century after reading "Voyage", I was able to visit Patagonia and actually see a house where Darwin lived, and see some of the animals and plants that he found so intriguing. They ARE intriguing. I couldn't see enough of it.

Not all the book is uplifting; the sad story of the Fuegan natives who were despised (and ultimately murdered even into the Twentieth Century) is the part of the book I find so disturbing. The natives were resourceful and able to live in the harshest environment. Their tools (harpoons, spears, canoes) are a marvel of invention. But Darwin calls them "miserable, degraded savages." No one who sees their artifacts now could even conceive of that. The fact that only one living person of one of the major seven groups of canoe peoples is even alive today is utterly depressing and tragic.

If you love nature and natural history, this is a must-read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bernie HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 24, 2000
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Remember this says "Journal" and that is what it is. It is his first parson adventures on and off the Beagle. He even includes stories about the people on the ship, the ship's life, and maintenance. He is always going ashore and venturing beyond the ship charter to go where no Englishman has gone before. He makes friends with tyrants and the down trodden. Once, to get an animal to come to him, he lay on his back and waved his arms and legs in the air. Whatever you do, do not turn your back on him. He is always knocking something on the head and taking it back for study. It is fun trying to match the old names for places with the new.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thrill-Seeker on September 6, 2012
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The Voyage of the Beagle is one of the most insightful books into the soul of Charles Darwin - if you read between the lines and understand the character and nature of the man. Between Darwin and Fitzroy and their adventure, Darwin captures a time of discovery only matched by today's space exploration. A must read for history buffs of the period.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RockDoctor41 on August 1, 2013
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I liked this journal written by Charles Darwin about his travels around South America and the Galapagos Archepelago in the Pacific. I would have liked to have seen some illustrations to highlight the creatures and terrain he saw. It would make his journal come alive. This is the only draw-back to quite an adventure in the middle 1800's.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DrCyCoe on July 12, 2014
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This was pretty good stuff. Darwin was kind of a card.

I will read it again one day and not one day decades from now but one day soon.
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This is my 2nd favorite book by Charles Darwin, because he tells the story of that great circumnavigation that he did as a young man, at a time when most of South America was still wild.

What he saw, probably a first-of-a-kind voyage for any human being, made his conclusions, as told in 'Origin..' unavoidable, of course.

But I just like to imagine what it was like for a very young man to embark on what was certainly a perilous voyage that would have him traverse Cape Horn multiple times.

Truly a remarkable book and highly recommended.
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The formatting of this book is poor and the table of contents contains links that cause the reader to return to the title page. The text actually contains page numbers, which appear interspersed with the rest of the text, apparently where they occurred in some print edition. The contents appear to be correct, although I do not know whether or not they have been abridged. I will look for a more usable copy on the Kindle (and hope I can find one!)
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