Between Man and Beast: An Unlikely Explorer and the African Adventure the Victorian World by Storm

by Monte Reel

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group | March 12, 2013 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

Between Man and Beast: An Unlikely Explorer and the African Adventure the Victorian World by Storm is rated 4 out of 5 by 4.

In 1856, Paul Du Chaillu ventured into the African jungle in search of a mythic beast, the gorilla. After wild encounters with vicious cannibals, deadly snakes, and tribal kings, Du Chaillu emerged with 20 preserved gorilla skins—two of which were stuffed and brought on tour—and walked smack dab into the biggest scientific debate of the time: Darwin's theory of evolution. Quickly, Du Chaillu's trophies went from objects of wonder to key pieces in an all-out intellectual war. With a wide range of characters, including Abraham Lincoln, Arthur Conan Doyle, P.T Barnum, Thackeray, and of course, Charles Darwin, this is a one of a kind book about a singular moment in history.

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: March 12, 2013

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 038553423X

ISBN - 13: 9780385534239

Found in: World History

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book I love reading about past times and found this book very interesting. Great read, will read again.
Date published: 2014-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorillas? Sign me up. Remember that great book "Lost City of Z"? Now add gorillas. There's a swashbuckling air to "Between Man & Beast", which tracks the path of Victorian explorers through the unexplored African jungle. Like other adventure books of recent years (Lost City of Z, Lost in Shangri-La) it reads like an old fashioned boys-own-novel. But beyond this nostalgic tone (and Victorian-chic cover design), it also takes us on a serious exploration of the period's scientific endeavours. This was an age of Darwin vs Canterbury; when circuses touted their freaks and marvels; and when intrepid men - and some women - ventured out of their labs to discover answers to the world's questions. So much of our modern science traces its ancestry back to these adventurer-scholars. "Between Man & Beast" is the story of those beginnings and the risks taken to achieve them.
Date published: 2013-06-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Overhyped and drawn out. If you are an avid reader such as myself, you go through books in cycles of really great reading material followed by the occasional bomb of a letdown that despite your best intentions, you just can't seem to finish. Between Man and Beast can be categorized as an atomic bomb of literature. The pros of this book are the cover artwork and the illustrations in the middle of the book, which are indeed very well done and look very attractive. The actual written part of the book, while very well researched, was some of the most drawn out literature I've ever laid eyes on. So much in fact that after I had arrived at page 98, it took me 1 1/2 hrs just to get to page 101, at which point I started skimming over the rest of the pages due to the excessive boredom this book presented. The writing itself is mediocre at best. Unless you are using this material for research or are incredible interested in the subject matter, save your money and invest it in a different book. I can not in good conscience recommend this to anyone and how this has received 5 stars is beyond my understanding. This purchase has definitely solidified my general approach of staying away from any "top seller" or "recommended" book lists. While a great book should be able to sell itself because of the fantastic and well written content, this is most certainly overhyped and a product of a great marketing team.
Date published: 2013-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deserving Spotlight Pick 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.html
Date published: 2013-05-09

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Between Man and Beast: An Unlikely Explorer and the African Adventure the Victorian World by Storm

by Monte Reel

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: March 12, 2013

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 038553423X

ISBN - 13: 9780385534239

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In 1856, Paul Du Chaillu ventured into the African jungle in search of a mythic beast, the gorilla. After wild encounters with vicious cannibals, deadly snakes, and tribal kings, Du Chaillu emerged with 20 preserved gorilla skins—two of which were stuffed and brought on tour—and walked smack dab into the biggest scientific debate of the time: Darwin's theory of evolution. Quickly, Du Chaillu's trophies went from objects of wonder to key pieces in an all-out intellectual war. With a wide range of characters, including Abraham Lincoln, Arthur Conan Doyle, P.T Barnum, Thackeray, and of course, Charles Darwin, this is a one of a kind book about a singular moment in history.

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