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

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

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by Eric Simons
     
 

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 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-twenties when he traveled to South America. Simons…  See more details below

Overview

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 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-twenties when he traveled to South America. Simons followed Darwin further into the continent-to stand where Darwin had, and to explore the histories, legends and people that had fascinated the great scientist two centuries before. He trekked to as many of the locations Darwin wrote about as he could find, to see if he could view these places through Darwin's eyes, and to learn what South Americans know about Darwin.
Innovative and amusing, Darwin Slept Here offers a new look at a familiar subject, by a fresh, compelling writer to watch.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A bracingly fresh portrait... here is Darwin as only another young naturalist could find him... nothing less than exhilarating."- Michael Pollan

"Hard to put down - lighthearted adventures that keep a reader wanting more." -San Francisco Chronicle

"Simons celebrates a refreshingly different Darwin: a twenty-something traveler fond of hurling iguanas into the sea and charging up any tall peak he could find...." - Outside Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590202999
Publisher:
The Overlook Press
Publication date:
06/29/2010
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.68(d)
Lexile:
1200L (what's this?)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Eric Simons is the author of Darwin Slept Here, also published by Overlook. He is a contributor to NPR’s Radiolab and lives in San Francisco.

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