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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; First printing of this edition edition (1 Feb. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141025484
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141025483
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 0.9 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 362,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alfred Russell Wallace (1823-1913) was a Welsh naturalist, geographer, anthropologist and biologist. Having worked with Walter Henry Bates in the Amazon (and lost all his collections in a catastrophic fire at sea), Wallace spent 1854 to 1862 wandering across the East Indies (now Malaysia and Indonesia) from Sumatra in the west to New Guinea in the east, earning his living as a bird-skin collector. It was while he was in the Aru Islands, off the coast of New Guinea, that (quite independently of Darwin) Wallace realised the true 'origin of the species'.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By I. P. Hornby on 24 May 2012
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I thought I might find the language a barrier, but it was more the other way - it made me feel that todays language has lost something, there is more emotion and feeling here. A real glimpse into a world that has long gone.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. W. Jones on 23 Sept. 2008
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Alfred Russel Wallace's little tome is not for the squeamish or the faint hearted. It was written long before the cloying, sentimental modern view of wildlife came into fashion.

His account of hunting orang utans can be startling to a generation reared on idiotic television shows such as Big Cat, where the ferocious killers of the jungle and savannah are referred to as if they were something out of Beatrix Potter.

It's quite refreshing to read this particular account from a time when wildlife was seen as just that, wildlife. In spite of his atavistic impulses this book is a fascinating glimpse into British Victorian attitudes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BrianW on 30 May 2013
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I hadn't realised it was just a section of the longer book I had ordered.Perhaps I shall read it someday.
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Really an excellent read these mini books are great and a great primer for the authors.
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