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Charles Darwin: Voyaging: Volume 1 of a biography: Voyaging Vol 1 by [Browne, Janet]
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Exciting and richly evocative. -- Kirkus Reviews


No other biography has matched Browne's ability to capture so richly the details of Darwin's time and to convey them with such direct and engaging prose. -- Library Journal



Exciting and richly evocative. -- Kirkus Reviews


Exciting and richly evocative. -- "Kirkus Reviews

No other biography has matched Browne's ability to capture so richly the details of Darwin's time and to convey them with such direct and engaging prose. -- "Library Journal

There is no better chronicle of Darwin as human being, friend, and indefatigable scientist, nor anywhere a richer description of his milieu, his family life, his social circle, and his scientific connections. Browne's extraordinary knowledge of the literature of the period makes her account particularly insightful.... [A] masterpiece.... Browne knows how to spellbind the reader.... The definitive Darwin biography.--Ernst Mayr "Newsday "

This book deserves the adjectives of praise traditionally used by reviewers to describe masterpieces. . . . It is wonderful and marvelous, even magisterial.--Stephen Jay Gould "The New York Review of Books "

A wonderful and well-rounded portrait.... We watch Darwin grow from a careless and happy young boy to a driven and ambitious young man, and Browne is very good at letting us see the moments when Darwin began to sense the scope of his own powers.... This Darwin is remarkably real.--Jonathan Weiner "The Washington Post "


This book deserves the adjectives of praise traditionally used by reviewers
to describe masterpieces. . . . It is wonderful and marvelous, even
magisterial.
--Stephen Jay Gould "The New York Review of Books "


There is no better chronicle of Darwin as human being, friend, and
indefatigable scientist, nor anywhere a richer description of his milieu,
his family life, his social circle, and his scientific connections. Browne's
extraordinary knowledge of the literature of the period makes her account
particularly insightful.... [A] masterpiece.... Browne knows how to
spellbind the reader.... The definitive Darwin biography.
--Ernst Mayr "Newsday "


A wonderful and well-rounded portrait.... We watch Darwin grow from a
careless and happy young boy to a driven and ambitious young man, and Browne
is very good at letting us see the moments when Darwin began to sense the
scope of his own powers.... This Darwin is remarkably real.
--Jonathan Weiner "The Washington Post "

"Exciting and richly evocative."--
"Kirkus Reviews"



"This book deserves the adjectives of praise traditionally used by reviewers to describe masterpieces. . . . It is wonderful and marvelous, even magisterial."--Stephen Jay Gould, "The New York Review of Books"

"There is no better chronicle of Darwin as human being, friend, and indefatigable scientist, nor anywhere a richer description of his milieu, his family life, his social circle, and his scientific connections. Browne's extraordinary knowledge of the literature of the period makes her account particularly insightful.... [A] masterpiece.... Browne knows how to spellbind the reader.... The definitive Darwin biography."--Ernst Mayr, "Newsday"

"A wonderful and well-rounded portrait.... We watch Darwin grow from a careless and happy young boy to a driven and ambitious young man, and Browne is very good at letting us see the moments when Darwin began to sense the scope of his own powers.... This Darwin is remarkably real."--Jonathan Weiner, "The Washington Post"

"Exciting and richly evocative."--"Kirkus Reviews"

"No other biography has matched Browne's ability to capture so richly the details of Darwin's time and to convey them with such direct and engaging prose."--"Library Journal" (starred review)

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'An astonishingly fresh picture of the great naturalist - Janet Browne's book is a triumph, the closest we can come to getting inside Darwin's mind' Sunday Telegraph

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Publisher: Vintage Digital; New Ed edition (14 Feb. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0038AUYQO
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Janet Browne's biography of Charles Darwin is the best I've read thus far. Her style is limpid and concise, and she succeeds wonderfully in taking us back to the intelectual and social atmosphere of 19th century England. Most importantly, she provides a detailed account of the dynamics on both sides of Darwin's family, and at the end we can understand many of the driving forces behind Darwin's success. Browne's book is definitively not hagiographic; rather, it tries to put Darwin in a definite context, making it clear that he benefited from many people around him. I cannot wait for the second part of her biography!
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This book is the first part of a really excellent two-volume biography of Charles Darwin. If you want a well-written, in-depth and very detailed Darwin biography, then this is the one for you. The great evolutionary theorist Ernst Mayr called it “the definitive Darwin biography”. Browne’s study is, on balance, even better (and definitely even more detailed) than that other great biography, “Darwin”, by Adrian Desmond and James Moore.

Stephen Jay Gould once described Darwin as being “radical in his scientific ideas, liberal in his political and social views, and conservative in personal lifestyle...”

This book by Janet Browne shows us that Gould’s summary of Darwin is a perfectly accurate one. Browne describes Darwin’s personality, his personal life, his class position, the social context of nineteenth century England, and the influences which led him to develop his theory of natural selection, as well as Darwin’s researches and the theory itself.

This first volume covers Darwin’s childhood and youth, his voyage on the Beagle, and then his life back in England up to 1856, when he finally decided to start writing up his theory in detail for publication.

There is plenty of ammunition in this book to shoot down the ridiculous conspiracy theory which claims that Darwin stole the credit for the theory of natural selection from Alfred Russel Wallace. Wallace certainly deserves credit for independently coming up with the same idea, but Wallace himself was always happy to play second fiddle to Darwin. For example, in 1908 Wallace made a speech to the Linnaean Society in which he explicitly defended Darwin’s priority, pointing out that “...
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After reading Origin of Species and then the Voyage of the Beagle I was eager to learn more about the "father" of evolution and I could not have hoped for a more thorough biography.

The author has clearly done a huge amount of research to provide this fascinating portrait Darwin. Providing backgrounds of his immediate ancestors, then his childhood leading through to adulthood and his own family. Allowing you to understand how and why his line of thinking led him to write the Origin of Species.

It's well written and absorbing. I often forgot I was on the tube whilst engrossed.

When I got to the end I immediately went hunting for the second instalment.
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Stunning two volume biography. I've read it twice now. Once for the content and once for the sheer pleasure of it.
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'Voyaging' and 'The Power of Place' appear as two separate volumes but constitute parts 1 and 2 of Janet Browne's majestic biography of Darwin.They were recommended to me - in this bicentennial anniversary year - as the best book - in the sense of best researched, argued and expressed - available in the field and I can't disagree with this assessment . However I did find assimilating 1200 pages difficult.

The author handles a huge cast of characters - including Darwin's family and friends together with scientists, intellectuals and people of influence - and explains and elucidates the social conditions and conventions from Darwin's Regency roots to archetypical Victorian maturity. Simultaneously she traces the history of Darwin's scientific thought from his early days as a beetle collector through his time as naturalist on the Beagle to his last years observing earthworms. She follows the genesis of his doubts on the immutability of species through the development of his theory of their source (in variability and selection) and his hesitations to publish his work when its implications became clear.

While I can't for a moment fault this it was hard to digest so much detailed material. I found myself comparing it with Desmond & Moore's 1992 biography which - although it has been challenged on the accuracy of some conclusions - was an easier read. Janet Browne has unquestionably written the definitive Darwin biography but if at any time she saw fit to write a shortened or 'student's' version it could reach a wider audience and have a more popular appeal.
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