The Darwin Conspiracy

The Darwin Conspiracy

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Random House, Inc.
In this riveting new novel, best-selling author John Darnton transports us to Victorian England and around the world to reveal the secrets of a legendary nineteenth-century figure. Darnton elegantly blends the power of fact and the insights of fiction to explore the many mysteries attached to the life and work of Charles Darwin.

What led Darwin to the theory of evolution? Why did he wait twenty-two years to write On the Origin of Species? Why was he incapacitated by mysterious illnesses and frightened of travel? Who was his secret rival? These are some of the questions driving Darnton’s richly dramatic narrative, which unfolds through three vivid points of view: Darwin’s own as he sails around the world aboard the Beagle; his daughter Lizzie’s as she strives to understand the guilt and fear that struck her father at the height of his fame; and that of present-day anthropologist Hugh Kellem and Darwin scholar Beth Dulicmer, whose obsession with Darwin (and with each other) drives them beyond the accepted boundaries of scholarly research. What Hugh and Beth discover–Lizzie’s diaries and letters lead them to a hidden chapter of Darwin’s autobiography–is a maze of bitter rivalries, petty deceptions, and jealously guarded secrets, at the heart of which lies the birth of the theory of evolution.

With The Darwin Conspiracy, John Darnton again delivers a stunning tapestry of history and imagination, a galvanizing novel.


From the Hardcover edition.

Baker & Taylor
A novel of the life and work of Charles Darwin chronicles his travels and scientific discoveries and the efforts of modern-day anthropologist Hugh Kellum and Darwinian scholar Beth Dulcimer to uncover the truth of his life.

Baker
& Taylor

Blends elements of fact and fiction in a study of the life and work of Charles Darwin, as revealed in his own secret journals, in a novel that chronicles Darwin's travels and scientific discoveries, his youngest daughter Lizzie's struggle to understand her father's bitterness, and the efforts of modern-day anthropologist Hugh Kellum and Darwinian scholar Beth Dulcimer to uncover the truth. Reprint. 60,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400034833
1400034833
9781400041374
1400041376
Branch Call Number: Fiction Darnton
Characteristics: 309 p. ; 25 cm

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salgeogal
May 27, 2016

6 out of 10

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AQUILEA777
Jul 17, 2012

A lot of nonsense. Absurd, chaotic plot. Contradicts history. Malicious attributions. Corny and silly. (Does have one good satiric scene: Victorians explain Biblical wonders to worldly Indian chief.)

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rahmmie
Jan 11, 2011

Excellent book. My favorite one by Darnton. He doesn't go way too far into the details from his research and instead concentrates on the story

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Miserswife
Nov 11, 2010

100 page rule

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KarenW
Jan 18, 2006

While doing research on a tropical island, Hugh meets the beautiful Beth and is immediately in love. But, alas, they are soon separated. When they meet again, he finds out that she is doing the same topic for their separate thesis. And soon they join forces and go in search of the elusive diary of Darwin''s supposed dim-witted and lesser known daughter. What tragic story can they unearth about Darwin? He was a robust young man on the Beagle, much admired and quite clever. But why did it take him twenty years to write his scientific classic? Why was he always so ill with so many different symptoms? Only Hugh and Beth can find the truth! This quest novel takes the Charles Darwin story and stands it on its head.

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