This Thing of Darkness

This Thing of Darkness

Book - 2015
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"Brilliant young naval officer Robert FitzRoy is given the captaincy of HMS Beagle, surveying the wilds of Tierra del Fuego, aged just twenty-three. But FitzRoy hides a dark secret: hereditary manic depression that can strike at any time. He is seized by two ambitions - that he can prove, contrary to the spirit of the age, that black and white men are equal; and that he can prove the truth of the Book of Genesis. To this end, he takes a passenger: a young trainee cleric and amateur geologist named Clarles Darwin. This is the story of a deep friendship between two men, and the twin obsessions that tore it apart, leading one to triumph and the other to disaster... This thing is darkneww is not just an epic historical novel. By turns gripping, funny, satirical and heartbreaking, it is also a novel about race, religion, science and colonialism that sheds many a light on the date of our world today. It is also one of history's great untold true stories, a tale of men under sail who were prepared to risk their lives to get at the truth."--Back cover.
Publisher: London :, Tinder Press,, 2015
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9780755302819
Branch Call Number: FICTION THO
Characteristics: 750 pages : maps ; 20 cm


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Dec 04, 2016

This is one of the best books I read recently. The writing is engaging. You have to stop and ponder, or can't stop reading.
In the frame of the life and career of Robert Fitzroy we read about the careful and sometimes heated arguments with his travel companion Charles Darwin, one a believer in the Genesis, the other in natural selection. The book also covers some history of Patagonia, New Zealand, the Spanish and Portuguese colonizers, their conflict with the Indians, of the islands and their inhabitants, racial discrimination, extermination in the name of progress, environmental, social and ethical issues in Great Britain as well that are still or even more valid today on a higher and more intensive level.

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