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on 12 March 2009
This wonderful book is a biographical use of poetry to move through significant moments and experiences in the life of our greatest scientist, with empathy for his situation. It is not a set of lyric poems, but rather an attempt to capture Darwin's voice. Whatever you think of Darwin, you will find this account first impressive, and finally deeply moving.
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on 3 April 2009
A memorable (1) tribute to a very great man. Both author and subject are creative, original, and loving.

(1) Auden once described poetry as 'memorable speech'.
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on 10 April 2013
A fascinating treatment of a really interesting subject matter.. Meticulous , detailed writing which brings the central character fully to life.
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on 21 December 2014
Lovely contribution to thinking about complexity. My favourite, A Crunch on the Gravel, Chris
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on 25 May 2009
Procrustes himself could not have stretched one theme into such thin and cliched poetry.
Not worth further reviewing.

Mark Fyffe MA MD DPhil (Oxon)
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