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An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles

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Part travelogue, part biography, An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles charts the discoveries of famous naturalist and explorer Alfre... Lire la suite
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Part travelogue, part biography, An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles charts the discoveries of famous naturalist and explorer Alfred Russel Wallace. Born in 1823, Wallace devoted much time to fieldwork, first in the Amazon then in Asia. During his travels he identified what is known as the Wallace Line, which divides the flora and fauna of Asia from that which is a combination of both Australian and Asian origin. He is perhaps most famous for independently developing the theory of evolution due to natural selection. Structured as",conversations around the campfire, based on common travel in the Malay archipelago",, An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles skillfully interweaves tales of Wallace's travels and discoveries in with Paul Sochaczewski's own observations of the region. Offering unique insights into the magic of Southeast Asia, this book will appeal to armchair travellers and experienced globetrotters alike.


By Paul Sochaczewski

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An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles follows the Victorian-era explorations of Alfred Russel Wallace through Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia. While Wallace is recognized as co-discoverer of the theory of natural selection (and was perhaps deliberately sidelined by Darwin) he was also an edgy social commentator and a voracious collector of ';natural productions. Sochaczewski, author of Sultan and the Mermaid Queen and co-author of Soul of the Tiger, has created an innovative form of storytelling - combining incisive biography and personal travelogue. He examines themes about which Wallace cared deeply -- women's power, why boys leave home, the need to collect, our relationship with other species, humanity's need to control nature and how this leads to nature destruction, arrogance, the role of ego and greed, white-brown and brown-brown colonialism, serendipity, passion, mysticism -- and interprets them through his own filter with layers of humor, history, social commentary and sometimes-outrageous personal tales.

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Titre: An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles
Sous-titre: Campfire Conversations with Alfred Russell Wallace
Code EAN: 9789814385213
ISBN: 978-981-4385-21-3
Protection contre la copie numérique: Adobe DRM
Format: eBook (epub)
Editeur: Editions Didier Millet
Genre: Monde, Arctique, Antarctique
nombre de pages: 416
Parution: 02.11.2012
Année: 2012
Sous-titre: Englisch
Taille de fichier: 2.2 MB