Comments: 9
charlton 6 months ago
That was a great review,I didn't know of this Alexander von Humboldt.I feel like the review alone taught me something.
Thanks! I want to thank y'all here in the "Flat Book Society" for getting me to get this out of the library again. Fantastic read.
Murder by Death 6 months ago
Thanks for joining in with us on the read - it was really brilliant.
BrokenTune 6 months ago
Great review! I have feeling that Bolivar will for-evermore be known as Simon "Iron Ass" Bolivar. :D
In my head at least!
BrokenTune 6 months ago
And mine! :D
Murder by Death 6 months ago
Mine too! :)
Person Of Interest 6 months ago
Yup. lol

I finished the audio version yesterday and ended up liking the mini-bios of Marsh, Haeckel and Muir a lot. Haeckel's influence on the Art Nouveau movement was an unexpected surprise; loved it! And as a native Californian, Muir's legacy is still very much with us, like the on-going movement to restore the Hetch Hetchy Valley. Marsh's contributions were equally interesting, and I may look into more detailed bios on all three.

Humboldt's bleaker sentiments in the epilog really hit home. His predictions about human's expansion to other planets sadly echo my own thoughts; human vice, greed, violence and ignorance turning distant stars barren, indeed. :(

Murder by Death 6 months ago
I sort of forgot about the whole Art Nouveau angle - he really did change the world. I'm still gobsmacked that he's so little known now.