Darwin Slept Here: Discovery, Adventure, and Swimming Iguanas in Charles Darwin's South Americaby Eric Simmons
Darwin Slept Here is an innovative and thrilling new look at a familiar subject from a compelling new writer to watch.One snowy day in Ushuaia, Argentina, the self-proclaimed “southernmost city in the world,” writer Eric Simons picked up a copy of Charles Darwin's The Voyage of the Beagle. Simons had just hiked the mountains overlooking Beagle/p>
Darwin Slept Here is an innovative and thrilling new look at a familiar subject from a compelling new writer to watch.One snowy day in Ushuaia, Argentina, the self-proclaimed “southernmost city in the world,” writer Eric Simons picked up a copy of Charles Darwin's The Voyage of the Beagle. Simons had just hiked the mountains overlooking Beagle Channel, and he found himself engrossed in Darwin's account. Like Simons, Darwin was in his mid-twenties when he traveled to the continent. Simons followed Darwin further into South America—to stand where Darwin had stood and to explore the histories, legends and people that had fascinated him two centuries before. Simons trekked to as many of the locations Darwin wrote about as he could find to see if he could see these places through Darwin’s eyes, and to learn what South Americans know about Darwin.
A recent journalism school graduate, Simons was bored and frustrated with his night-shift newspaper job. Then, on a trip to the tip of South America, he picked up a copy of Charles Darwin's The Voyage of the Beagle and felt compelled to re-create portions of that five-year voyage of discovery. Simons was about the same age as Darwin had been at the time and also had a taste for adventure. In his account, he does not follow Darwin's trip exactly (travel is quicker nowadays) but explores both the east and the west coasts of South America over a few trips. In between his accounts of Darwin's and his own travels, Simons also contextualizes Darwin's era, particularly his views on politics and culture. Most people think of evolution when they hear the name Darwin, but he also was forceful in his stance against slavery, admired the gaucho lifestyle, and studied indigenous Americans. He was a great explorer and naturalist. In the year of Darwin's birth bicentennial, Simons provides us with a more complete picture of this fascinating man. Recommended for all libraries.
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Eric Simons is a 2008 graduate of the environmental and science writing program at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. His work has been published in such places as Mother Jones, the Los Angeles Times, and Sierra magazine. He lives in San Francisco with his wife.
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