Wednesday, 1 January 2014
The one aspect that stood out was the quality of the dialogue. Each conversation was interesting and insightful. It was at times quite hilarious. For a book about the tragic life of FitzRoy, there are some great laughs. And we all know how hard it is to write comedy in a novel. There is a wonderful scene with the Beagle's surgeon and a parrot that will make you laugh out loud.
This wonderful book kept me occupied during the holiday period. It was a shame it had to end. It really did tick all the boxes for a perfect novel. Lots of science, learning, history, comedy, tragedy and all told with a lot of heart. It is truly deserving of the highest marks I could give and would make it into my selected top 10 reads of all time. This is a book recommended to everyone, especially those who would like to know more about Darwin and FitzRoy without wading into dull history books.