(From the publisher):
At the age of twenty-two, Charles Darwin was a charming, lighthearted young man without a career or future. A recent graduate of Cambridge, he had decided not to follow in his family's tradition of medicine, and was about to enter the clergy, when out of the blue, a letter arrived inviting him to sail on H.S.M. Beagle as a naturalist. The surveying voyage would girdle the globe. The result of the voyage would change radically the way man precieved himself and his world.
When Darwin left Plymouth in 1832, bound for Brazil, Tierra del Fuego, the Galapagos Islands, the South Seas and beyond, he was an "unfinished" naturalist, an amateur geologist, energetic and curious, an insatiable collector filled with wonder, but hardly a professional scientist. By the time he returned five years later, he was an experienced naturalist with a beginning reputation in England, a pricless collection of rare and unknown plants and creatures, and a set of notebooks containing the germ of an idea about the origin of species, one that was to shake the foundations of accepted wisdom everywhere.
Original title: The Origin
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ Fictional Biography