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Friday 14 June 2019

Review: Darwin: An Exceptional Voyage

Darwin: An Exceptional Voyage is a gorgeous graphic novel about naturalist Charles Darwin's five-year voyage across the world.

An adventure grounded in history.

From 1831-1836, Darwin travelled the world on the HMS Beagle, his enthusiasm and experiences enabling his research and recording of discoveries and his early scientific theories.

Darwin's story is told with each of the five legs of his journey acting like chapters.

His trip begins with sailing from England to Cape Verdi and Brazil; then Argentina, Uruguay and Patagonia; Tierra Del Fuego and Chile; to the Galapagos Islands and the Pacific; ending in Oceania and South Africa, before heading home to England.

The voyage is bookended with scenes from his later life, and at the conclusion of the story, there is also a summary of some key facts from Darwin's life, explorations and research.

Created by the award-winning partnership of Fabien Grolleau and Jeremie Royer, Darwin: An Exceptional Voyage is an excellent introduction to exploration, scientific theory and history. It should prompt questions and curiosity, and perhaps further research.

Darwin: An Exceptional Voyage is a somewhat romanticised account of Darwin's experiences, meaning it is not completely accurate, however it definitely captures a sense of adventure and exploration, the ups and downs, challenges and opportunities, in a time of great change and advancement.

A great book for anyone who enjoys reading about history or science, or for use in classrooms, as an alternative to the more traditional text books.

Title: Darwin: An Exceptional Voyage
Author: Fabien Grolleau
Illustrator: Jeremie Royer
Publisher: Walker Books, $32.99
Publication Date: May 2019
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781910620502
For ages: 13+
Type: Graphic novel