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Darwin Slept Here: Discovery, Adventure, and Swimming Iguanas in Charles Darwin's South America

Eric Simons.
Publisher Overlook  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.6 x 5.2 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9781590202999
Pages/Publication Date 258/2009
Daedalus Item Code 40920
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One snowy day in Ushuaia, Argentina, which calls itself the "southernmost city in the world," environmental and science writer Eric Simons picked up a copy of Charles Darwin's Voyage of the Beagle. He had just hiked the mountains overlooking Beagle Channel, and found himself engrossed in Darwin's account. Like Simons, Darwin was in his mid-20s when he traveled to South America, and in this unusual and entertaining perspective of the budding scientist, Simons follows his path further into the continent, to stand where Darwin stood and to find the histories, legends, and people that had fascinated him two centuries before.

"Eric Simons has given us a bracingly fresh portrait of the Young Darwin, the man long ago lost behind the great white beard. Here is Darwin as only another young naturalist could find him, and to see the world through those avid eyes, groping for the theory that would explain all he has so brilliantly observed, is nothing less than exhilarating."ŚMichael Pollan

"Vivid and exotic, Eric Simon's tale invites comparisons to Chatwin as he leads readers among guanacos and ostriches, assassin bugs and armadillos, through rough seas, swift currents and ascending jungles. This is a book full of zest and discovery with the deeper mission of appreciating one of humankind's great breakthroughs in the understanding our past."ŚLou Ureneck

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