Beware the reader, this book is exactly the same as the book entitled This Thing of Darkness. It is an excellent book and I read it under the previous title. I am at a loss to know why it should be published under a different title. Certainly not on the instructions of the author, who alas died shortly after completing the book.
Every schoolboy knows the name Darwin and the book charts his journey on HMS Beagle, a journey that was at times uplifting, at others frightening and sometimes even funny.
When Charles Darwin set out on the Beagle he was a young trainee cleric and amateur geologist. The ship also had a new captain, a young naval officer called Robert FitzRoy, aged just 23 years old and given the job of surveying the wilds of Tierra del Fuego.
The two young men strike up a firm friendship, but eventually the friendship is torn apart by twin obsessions. Obsessions that lead one man to triumph and the other to disaster . . .
I found the book gripping and fast paced. One of those rare books that you really don't want to end.
Thanks Harry, R.I.P.