Between Man and Beast: An Unlikely Explorer, the Evolution Debates, and the African Adventure That Took the Victorian World by Storm
The unbelievably riveting adventure of an unlikely young explorer who emerged from the jungles of Africa with evidence of a mysterious, still mythical beast—the gorilla—only to stumble straight into the center of the biggest debate of the day: Darwin's theory of evolution In 1856 Paul Du... show more
The unbelievably riveting adventure of an unlikely young explorer who emerged from the jungles of Africa with evidence of a mysterious, still mythical beast—the gorilla—only to stumble straight into the center of the biggest debate of the day: Darwin's theory of evolution In 1856 Paul Du Chaillu marched into the equatorial wilderness of West Africa determined to bag an animal that, according to legend, was nothing short of a monster. When he emerged three years later, the summation of his efforts only hinted at what he'd experienced in one of the most dangerous regions on earth. Armed with an astonishing collection of zoological specimens, Du Chaillu leapt from the physical challenges of the jungle straight into the center of the biggest issues of the time—the evolution debate, racial discourse, the growth of Christian fundamentalism—and helped push each to unprecedented intensities. He experienced instant celebrity, but with that fame came whispers—about his past, his credibility, and his very identity—which would haunt the young man. Grand in scope, immediate in detail, and propulsively readable, Between Man and Beast brilliantly combines Du Chaillu's personal journey with the epic tale of a world hovering on the sharp edge of transformation.
Publish date: March 12th 2013
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
, Non Fiction
When Paul Du Chaillu set out to bag the gorilla in the name of science (and as a shortcut to academic credibility), it was still the quasi-mythical njena of the Western imagination: a savage, bloodthirsty beast deep in the forests of equatorial Africa, seen only by the tribes that dwelled within. He...
"Paul Du Chaillu’s celebrity had largely faded by the time of his death" From the afterwords of Between Man and Beast. And I think for a most of modern world that is true. Sure there will able be those in the know who could recount the stories or found a reference in a university guild about his co...
"Between Man and Beast" is the story of Paul du Chaillu, a rather unlikely explorer who is the first person to see and document the lowland gorillas of Africa.Monte Reel's exceptionally well-researched book (there are more than 70 pages of endnotes and bibliographic references) introduces us to Paul...
Well, this seems kinda cool. I like the whole 19th-century birth of evolution thing, and also explorers, so...David Quammen's review is here.
Loved this book. Totally engaging throughout, with just the right amount of scientific elements mixed with tales of human nature. My fave non-fiction book of 2013 so far. I wrote a blog about it for Indigo.ca here: http://blog.indigo.ca/non-fiction/item/1409-indigo-spotlight-between-man-and-beast.ht...