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Not quite there, 16 Jan 2009
I found this a fascinating portrait of FitzRoy, about whom I knew very little before reading this book, but felt that the portrayal of Darwin was a bit two-dimensional. It seemed that the author's agenda was to shatter our idealised vision of this great man of science - which is a good thing - but that perhaps he went too far, almost lampooning him. Also, the book is littered with clichés and in modern expressions that clash with the period. Still, a good read and informative as well.