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on July 29, 2017
Excellent book! Entertaining and informative.
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on December 24, 2016
A great Man with unusual insights.
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on June 3, 2014
Irving Stone does a terrific job in walking the reader through the life and times of such outstanding peopler as Charles Darwin,
Sigmund Freud, Vincent Van Gogh, and Abigail Adams. That is a tough act to live up to, but The Origin was even better than expectations.
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on March 30, 2015
This book too, is old but in good shape. Love Irving Stone's historical novels. My book club just read Love is Eternal about Mary Todd Lincoln. All Stones books need to be on Kindle. We must not lose him.
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on June 25, 2012
Received book in timely fashion in condition described. Was giving this as a gift to a friend who recently returned from a trip to the Galapagos and don't usually give used books for this purpose. However, the book was in better condition than I expected and it was a nice way to remember his trip.
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on March 18, 2015
nice book, thanks
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on November 17, 2015
He rattled the world...turned it upside down.
With his 1859 publication “The Origin of Species”, Charles Darwin put the learned world into a tailspin. His theories on evolution, survival of the fittest, etc. began a civil war between the church, scientists and others...still goes on today...over a hundred-fifty years later.

Irving Stone’s historical novel on Darwin leaves no stone unturned. You are Darwin!
Whether it is as a little boy collecting beetles in the countryside, circumnavigating the world on the H.M.S. Beagle as their naturalist, publishing books and monographs on any number of natural causes and effects, to his also controversial “Descent of Man” publication.

With Stone’s keen sense of writing style, the reader has an inner connection to Darwin’s immediate circle of family and friends, as well as his adversaries.
Although a lengthy read of over 760 pages, still compelling and first-rate.
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on December 6, 2015
This book is a wonderful, absorbing saga that gets you caught up in the details and chapters of Darwin's life. It's almost as if no stone is left unturned in the story -- we are there as it happens, experiencing it as Darwin did. You will thrill to young Darwin's adventures and heartaches, and marvel his brilliant mind and at the unexpected turns of his adulthood. A word of caution: This is a long-winded book, so be prepared for a leisurely ride, especially as the set-up is explicated in the first chapter -- his family's members, home, setting, background. If you enjoy great writing and exquisitely researched biographies, this book is for you. If you want a quickie biography of Darwin, seek somewhere else. But if you choose this lovely and masterful one, enjoy!
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on June 4, 2016
I enjoyed reading this book. It gave me insight into the man who wrote "On the Origin of Species" and provided the world with a scientific explanation for the evolution of species of plants, animals and man. I did not know that he wrote 24 other scientific books, on a wide variety of subjects, including: worms, barnacles , insectivorous plants, and the fertilization of orchids by insects. Despite accusations by religious fanatics, he did not mean to cast aspersions upon belief in god, but to report on what he observed in a precise, scientific manner.
There is a great deal of detail on his family life. He was a devoted family man. If you want to know more about the human side of one of the world's greatest scientists, this is an excellent book, although rather long, 743p.
Even though we are now in the 21st century, over a 150 years since his Origin of Species book was published, there are still religious fanatics who want evolution to be classified as a theory and taught alongside "intelligent design" or "creationism".
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on December 6, 2015
This book is a wonderful, absorbing saga that gets you caught up in the details and chapters of Darwin's life. It's almost as if no stone is left unturned in the story -- we are there as it happens, experiencing it as Darwin did. You will thrill to young Darwin's adventures and heartaches, and marvel at his brilliant, meticulous mind and at the unexpected turns of his adulthood. A word of caution: This is a long-winded book, so be prepared for a leisurely ride, especially as the set-up is explicated in the first chapter -- his family's members, home, setting, background. If you enjoy great writing and exquisitely researched biographies, this book is for you. If you want a quickie biography of Darwin, seek somewhere else. But if you choose this lovely and masterful one, enjoy!
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