The Origin of Species

The Origin of Species

Book - 2008
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"Set in the 1980's, this is the story of thirty-something Alex, a Montreal-based academic plagued by a gnawing sense that he's a fraud in all aspects of life, from his professional ambitions to his romantic involvements. Underlying his malaise is a haunting experience in the Galapagos Islands, the after-effects of which threaten to undo him. Then fate casts Esther in his path, a disarmingly vibrant and wilful young woman who may, however, be dying before his eyes" - - inside front cover.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, c2008
ISBN: 9780385663618
9780385663601
0385663609
Branch Call Number: FIC RIC
Characteristics: 472 p. ; 25 cm

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nsbookclub
Jul 22, 2012

Read April 2012

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sixtyfive
Nov 26, 2011

This book is highly disappointing. The main character is a loser and not very interesting. The story starts slowly, picks up speed and then craps out coming to an end not worthy of the reader.
The writing is good in places. The title is deceiving in that if if the main character and his behavior is the origin of the human race, it is a sad time.

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dorothyM
Apr 14, 2011

This book is really hard to get into and drags on and on. Could not get past the first 20 pages.

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kowleen
Nov 24, 2010

I found that it dragged in places. It wasn't a bad book...but it wasn't the greatest I've read. It did get me thinking about the Galapagos Islands again though...and how much I'd love to visit them some day.

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mking
Jun 10, 2010

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BDLange
Jan 12, 2010

This book drags on and is hard to get into. If you suffer through it does give you a lot to think about. It does inspire one to find out more about Darwin and evolution.

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Cabby
Jan 03, 2009

Giller prize longlister.

Presented this book at Oakville Bookers Brunch.

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