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This book has many fascinating sections. Darwin was specially gifted in that he combined the ability to observe both minutely and thoroughly with the ability to analyze his observations in novel ways.
The book does not discuss evolution, although there are some tantalizing hints of the ideas he would later develop in The Origin of Species. There are some great discussions of geology, which was Darwin's first interest.
There are also some uncomfortable sections of the book, in which Darwin delves into the sociology, or anthropology, of the various natives he meets. While his observations are still keen, his analysis does not escape the prejudices of his day. That is disappointing, but perhaps it makes his breakthroughs in the physical sciences even more impressive.
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I hope someone will re-do this book (unabridged) with a reader who has some of the fire, passion, muscle, and keen intelligence of the young Darwin. David Case's Wodehousian primness has no place in such a universe as that of Darwin's natural and often deeply human world.
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