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By Eric N. Simons

ISBN-10: 1590202996

ISBN-13: 9781590202999

For "Darwin Year," a fresh-eyed and spell binding trip via South the USA in his footsteps One snowy day in Ushuaia, Argentina, the self-proclaimed "southernmost urban within the world," author Eric Simons picked up a replica of Charles Darwin's The Voyage of the Beagle. Simons had simply hiked the mountains overlooking Beagle Channel, and he stumbled on himself engrossed in Darwin's account. Like Simons, Darwin was once in his mid-twenties whilst he traveled to the continent. Simons Darwin additional into South America--to stand the place Darwin had stood and to discover the histories, legends and folks that had interested him centuries prior to. Simons trekked to as a number of the destinations Darwin wrote approximately as he may locate to work out if he may well see those locations via Darwin's eyes, and to benefit what South americans learn about Darwin. 2009 is a double-anniversary 12 months for Darwin: the two hundredth anniversary of his beginning in February, and the a hundred and fiftieth anniversary of book of The beginning of Species. Darwin Slept here's an leading edge and exciting new examine a well-known topic from a compelling new author to observe.

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Sidewalks all over town blinked in and out of existence like a demonstration of quantum theory, ending abruptly, sometimes starting again a few blocks later, but certainly following no predictable pattern. Houses of various and dissonant architectural styles leaned on one another. Glass medical centers clung to the gabled offices of massage therapists, which cast their shadows on brown adobe liquor stores. Street vendors hawked batteries, scissors, pirated DVDs, cell phones, peanuts, coconuts, electric sanders, and leather-covered steering wheels, in case drivers wanted to pimp their ride mid-commute.

I hoped that a return visit to South America, this time with Darwin’s diary in hand, would deepen my understanding of the legends and people that fascinated Darwin when he wasn’t working. I hoped I’d be able to trace the historical roots of some of South America’s most persistent travelers’ tales, like the challenging Brazilian forests and culture and the romantic allure of Patagonian plains, while peering into the cultural identity of the continent’s most enduring places. I also hoped that setting off on such a trip while I, too, was in my mid-twenties might allow me easier access to Darwin’s emotions while observing a continent amid fitful, often violent, transformation.

PART I EXPLORATION THE CHANGING LAND ON THE EAST COAST 1. BRAZIL A Chaos of Delights I do not know what epithet such scenery deserves: beautiful is much too tame; every form, every colour is such a complete exaggeration of what one has ever beheld before. If it may be so compared, it is like one of the gayest scenes in the Opera House or Theatre. —BEAGLE DIARY, JUNE 1, 1832 BRAZIL IS THE KIND OF PLACE where you feel something’s happening that’s absolutely delightful and fascinating and completely foreign to everything you know, only you can’t quite grasp what it is.

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