The Origin of Species: A Very Short Review

This is actually due to hit the stores tomorrow.  2009 is the bicentennial year of Charles Darwin’s birth, and also the 150th anniversary year of the publication of his famous The Origin of Species.  So what better way to celebrate than a graphic novel edition of the great work?

DarwinThe big problem of Origin for the modern reader is that, well, it was written 150 years ago, by a Victorian gentleman of great learning who was anxious to make an airtight argument by using many, many examples.  The book itself can therefore be charitably described as dry.

Any method of getting the work — one of the cornerstone volumes of modern science —  to be more accessible is therefore to be applauded.  This graphic novel edition  includes information about Darwin’s research, the scientific controversy, and lots of other ancillary material.  Also, some information really is better seen than described at length in text. — do you want to read about the difference between those finch beaks, or to see it?

Wouldn’t this be a great addition to a science classroom library?



About Brenda Clough

Brenda W. Clough spent much of her childhood overseas, courtesy of the U.S. government. Her first fantasy novel, The Crystal Crown, was published by DAW in 1984. She has also written The Dragon of Mishbil (1985), The Realm Beneath (1986), and The Name of the Sun (1988). Her children’s novel, An Impossumble Summer (1992), is set in her own house in Virginia, where she lives in a cottage at the edge of a forest. Her novel How Like a God, available from BVC, was published by Tor Books in 1997, and a sequel, Doors of Death and Life, was published in May 2000. Her latest novels from Book View Cafe include Revise the World (2009) and Speak to Our Desires. Her novel A Most Dangerous Woman is being serialized by Serial Box. Her novel The River Twice is newly available from BVC.


The Origin of Species: A Very Short Review — 3 Comments

  1. I have no objection to a graphic novel of Origin of Species, but I found the original entirely accessible. Darwin was a good writer. His letters are also charming. A lot of his work is available at Project Gutenberg.


  2. Oh, absolutely. But you know that a teen is probably not going to pick up the original and plow through the language. Te start off a younger audience, a graphic novel version is ideal!