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2.0 out of 5 stars "more pompous than instructive", 4 Jan 2012
Peter De Ridder (Mechelen (Belgium)) - See all my reviews
A quote from this book: "he makes a conscientious effort to master the polysyllabic difficulties, but fails...He tries again...(finally) he throws (it) down" (p69-70) is said of someone trying to read Darwin. It also perfectly describes my struggle with this book. The subject matter is fascinating stuff and the author has compiled a mass of information from a lot of sources (57 pages of notes compared to 212 pages of text!). The illustrations are well chosen. As for the style in which it is written: reading this book is like wading through a quagmire. If the purpose of a book is to inform the reader, I am afraid this book doesn't qualify. If it was meant to show off the author's mastery of the English language, it has succeeded. Another quote I found (p.17)defines this book for me: "more pompous than instructive". So much more could have been made of this material. Could someone please translate this book into proper English?
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