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Wonderful book I must recommend to you

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Clary Wed 12-Aug-09 11:55:44

Quite unexpected too.

It’s called This Thing of Darkness by Harry Thompson.

It’s my book group book and I sighed when I saw it, it’s huge and looked like a real “boy” book – it’s about the voyage of the Beagle by Fitzroy and Darwin (I knew almost nothing about this).

But actually it’s excellent, I am racing through it and really enjoying it. There are a lot of characters to take in and some of the conversations are done with an eye to what is later discovered (lots of debates about Noah’s flood etc) and thus seem a bit unlikely, like people in the 1950s discussing how there will never be very small computers, but overall I am loving it.

Sadly the author died just after writing this, his only novel. It’s a wonderful achievement though.

Clary Wed 12-Aug-09 19:47:15

Anyone else read it?

LadyG Wed 12-Aug-09 20:23:59

Sounds good! Just the sort of thing DH would love. May buy it for him and then pinch it .

Clary Wed 12-Aug-09 23:14:49

Ah yes now it is a boy book. I only like girl books.

That's how you know it must be good grin.

hocuspontas Thu 13-Aug-09 17:21:04

I loved it. And always recommend it to others. I feel differently about Darwin now though - I will always think of him as a baddie!

JeffVadar Fri 21-Aug-09 11:29:45

Yes, and I absolutely loved it too, so did DH. I felt so sorry for Fitzroy the way he was treated at the end.

janeite Fri 21-Aug-09 15:12:01

It's fab. I recommend it to everybody but so far only one person has taken me up on it: she loved it too. Others have been put off by its size and say it looks too 'weighty' in terms of content - fools!

Overmydeadbody Mon 24-Aug-09 20:35:21

<<adds it to wish list>>

Orangesarenottheonlyfruit Mon 19-Oct-09 14:15:33

ooh it's brilliant isn't it? I read this a while back and felt like a smug expert on all things Darwinian around the anniversary celebrations. Also quite obsessed with sun

mimsum Mon 19-Oct-09 16:18:36

yes, it's brilliant and I even went to find Fitzroy's grave after reading it (he's buried quite near us so that's not quite as obssessive as it sounds!)

Isobel1234 Thu 22-Oct-09 14:59:58

I'm a big fan of historical fiction books, and this was a great read. Thompson has written a well researched, knowledgeable and entertaining novel here, and I'd highly recommend it to anyone.

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wendyhappysmile Mon 26-Oct-09 10:22:54

It's brilliant! I don't get this 'boy' and 'girl' book thing; but then, I just read anything at all!

thesecondcoming Mon 26-Oct-09 10:29:28

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TheGoddessBlossom Mon 26-Oct-09 10:40:21

Do you think it would be good for well read Dads? Mine is 63, and I am always looking out for what to buy him for Christmas...aren't men impossible to buy for? Women are so easy!

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