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Read Darwin: An Exceptional Voyage

Read Darwin: An Exceptional Voyage

This sweeping, intelligent and immersive biographical graphic novel from award-winning creators, joins legendary scientist Charles Darwin as a young man, as he embarks on his voyage on the H.M.S. Beagle.

It is the year 1831. A gifted but distracted young man named Charles Darwin has been offered a place aboard the H.M.S. Beagle, in a chain of events that will change both his life and the course of modern science. Join him on an epic journey of thrilling discovery as he explores remote corners of the natural world and pieces together the very beginnings of his revolutionary theory of evolution.

Enjoyed this graphic novel, celebrating the joy of discovery and inquiry and exploration. Certainly a sympathetic portrait of Darwin which highlights his enthusiasm for the natural world, and sense of wonder in discovery, while not hiding some of his prejudices about the superiority of western civilization. I hadn’t realized just how far afield he traveled, the many places on his journey, and also didn’t know about the kidnapped Fuegans being returned after many years to “civilize” their people in Tierra del Fuego.

I wasn’t clear whether the language used quoted directly from his writing or was paraphrased and invented, given that the authors had to streamline some of the story.

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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