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- Print Length: 248 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1545444803
- Publication Date: April 17, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071CKWRRG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,494,888 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As it says in the book’s blurb, there is a similarity between this story and Forrest Gump. Like Forrest, Jimmy’s innocent mind remains unspoiled, despite the often savage and corrupt world closing in around him. Noble, if simple, Jimmy performs many a heroic deed, despite being harassed and ignored and beaten. Eventually, the beatings do take their toll on Jimmy and he’s forced to make a decision on whether or not he’ll continue to participate in a world that has often been unkind to him. In the end, the author lets us make our own conclusion about Jimmy's fate.
I’ve read Moscato’s other book ‘The Project’, and I enjoyed that one, which is why I picked this one up. There are similar themes in both, and both are simultaneously whimsical and thought-provoking. I won’t spoil anything, but by the end, there is a connection made between the two stories, which wasn’t essential to Jimmy Darwin's tale, but served as a treat for those of us who’d read his first book.
Really enjoyed this one. Giving it the full rating. Would recommend!
During his employment as a janitor at a genetic research lab in the World Trade Center, Jimmy learned the significance of the alphanumeric patterns that had flashed before eyes his entire life. The great, great, great grandson of Charles Darwin, Jimmy had the ability to visualize and interpret the DNA sequences of people and animals around him. Through these sequences he could see how animals evolved, and more importantly, he knew how future living organisms could evolve if genetically altered. His ability was worth millions to researchers with both good and evil intentions.
A self-made survivalist, Jimmy preferred living off the land in solitude. His master plan was to travel to the Galapagos Islands like his famous grandfather and live with nature. The novel, written from Jimmy’s perspective, followed his pursuit to reach the tropical island. His journey was filled with hope, frustrations, tragedy, and more hope.
The book has many parallels to Winston Groom’s novel, Forrest Gump. Just as Forrest discovered a fortune in shrimping, Jimmy’s talent for hunting and dining on exotic animals also proved to be a great source of income. Instead of “run Forrest run,” it was “cycle Jimmy cycle” as he set out to Florida on his bike. There were other comparisons, but Jimmy Darwin was not simply a Forrest Gump spin off. Jimmy had his own message and his own way of telling it.
I liked Jimmy Darwin. He was a compelling character, vulnerable but not helpless, simpleminded yet possessing a unique intelligence. The broken English spoken by Jimmy was initially distracting, but I quickly fell into the rhythm of his dialogue and thoughts. The book moved at a steady and intriguing pace with the exception of the ending. While containing suspenseful twists, the conclusion seemed a bit rushed, but then maybe I just didn’t want it to end.
Jimmy is a sympathetic character with some mental issues. His psychiatrist talks him into writing his adventures in book format. He gets made fun of and beat up a lot in his life so he decides to learn to live without anyone’s help. He lives like people on Naked and Afraid, except he has clothes and has no problem surviving. He’s more clever than the world gives him credit for. Jimmy’s dream is to make it from New York to the Galapagos Islands to follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin, his great great great grandfather. Along the way he discovers he has a unique ability which I won’t disclose here. But it adds a serious tone to his unpredictable adventures in the end.
I love that the book is “written by Jimmy”. He has a funny perspective on life that makes you think. There’s a great combination of humor and adventure but you have to be sharp to get some of the funny parts. I loved the tie-ins with Johnny Moscato’s first book, The Project which I also loved. You don’t need to know anything about The Project to enjoy and understand Jimmy Darwin. But you DO have to think while reading Jimmy Darwin which seems to be an emerging theme in Moscato’s work. Overall, Jimmy Darwin is another 5 star effort.
The book ends up being a narrative told by James Darwin at the request of his doctor, detailing his adventures through life. And they are quite the adventures. He is there for 9/11 working in a lab where he discovers what the numbers he sees in his head actually mean. He's an ancestor of Charles Darwin and sees a series of letters in his head when he looks at people and animals.
After 9/11, being bullied, and the death of his mother is where his adventures start. He takes a chicken, a planter he attaches to his bike, and tries to bike to Florida from New York, living off the land.
His adventures take you to places you wouldn't think and some you might. Sometimes he ends up right where he wants to be and sometimes not so much. The book was entertaining throughout and quite heartwarming in places. It was an enjoyable read all through out and James is an amusing narrator as we see things through his eyes
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