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

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

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by Eric Simmons
     
 

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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

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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.

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The adventure behind this book began several years ago when Eric Simons, its author, chanced upon a copy of Charles Darwin's Voyage of the Beagle. It was not long thereafter that Simons resolved to follow the path of the English naturalist as he trekked through South America in the early 1830s. Simon's account of his energetic retracing of his hero's footsteps encompasses much more than "Darwin stood here" or "slept there." He captures the intellectual excitement of this brilliant young man (Darwin was just 22 years old when he accepted the assignment) as he made his way through relatively unexplored lands. Like The Voyage of the Beagle, Darwin Slept Here has the feel of history experienced up close. A stimulating leisure read for anyone interested in science, evolution, and/or intellectual history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590205426
Publisher:
The Overlook Press
Publication date:
06/29/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
851,637
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Bob Sipchen
"Too often we forget that major accomplishments often stem from youthful abandon. Twenty-something Charles Darwin had a rippin' good time mingling with South America's gauchos and iguanas. Discovering this inspired young Eric Simons to retrace the great naturalist's rambling tracks. The result is this wildly entertaining reminder that science and exploration can be a blast."--(Bob Sipchen, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and the author of Baby Insane and the Buddha)
Lou Ureneck
"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."--(Lou Ureneck, author of Backcast)
Michael Pollan
"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 the would explain all he has so brilliantly observed, is nothing less than exhilarating."--(Michael Pollan, author of The Botany of Desire and The Omnivore's Dilemma)

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Meet the Author

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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