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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Charles Darwin's On The Origin Of Species: A Graphic Adaptation Book Review



Charles Darwin's On The Origin Of Species: A Graphic Adaptation Book Review

About the Book: A stunning graphic adaptation of one of the most famous, contested, and important books of all time.

Few books have been as controversial or as historically significant as Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. Since the moment it was released on November 24, 1859, Darwin’s masterwork has been heralded for changing the course of science and condemned for its implied challenges to religion.

In Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, author Michael Keller and illustator Nicolle Rager Fuller introduce a new generation of readers to the original text. Including sections about his pioneering research, the book’s initial public reception, his correspondence with other leading scientists, as well as the most recent breakthroughs in evolutionary theory, this riveting, beautifully rendered adaptation breathes new life into Darwin’s seminal and still polarizing work.

Michael Keller, an award-winning journalist and writer, has a bachelor of science degree in wildlife ecology from the University of Florida and a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Nicolle Rager Fuller is a professional illustrator, with a bachelor of arts degree in biochemistry from Lewis and Clark College and a graduate certificate in science illustration from the University of California-Santa Cruz. She lives in Washinton, DC, with her husband.
Few books have been as controversial or as historically significant as Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. Since it was released on November 24, 1859, Darwin’s masterwork has been heralded for changing the course of science and condemned for its implied challenges to religion.

In Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, author Michael Keller and illustator Nicolle Rager Fuller introduce a new generation of readers to the original text. Including sections about his pioneering research, the book’s initial public reception, his correspondence with other leading scientists, as well as the most recent breakthroughs in evolutionary theory, this engaging, beautifully rendered adaptation breathes new life into Darwin’s seminal and still polarizing work.

Our Take: Charles Darwin is one of our personal heroes here at the Legion.  We are great admirers of not only his work, but the impact that it has had on science, society and theology.  One of the great challenges in science and deeper thought is how to pass them onto the younger generations.  In this day and age when knowlege isn't valued like it once was, it becomes increasingly difficult to open young people up to great and important works like 'On the Origin of Species'.

Michael Keller has done a great lob of laying out the book into a hardcover graphic novel.  The text is well layed out, so that it will keep the reader's attention.  The artwork by Nicolle Rager Fuller is somewhat uneven.  When it comes to the depictions of nature and animals her work is very unique and dynamic.   Her lines are very sketchy, which keeps the eye interested.  The only downside is when she takes on the human form.  That is definately her weak point, she should stick to the animals.

This is a fantastic book.  I wish that schools would incorporate this for the kids.  It'd be great if you home school or tutor kids.   If you want to give your kids comic books that can actually teach them something important, this is your cup of tea!   This graphic novel is 189 pages of pure genius!

How to Buy:  Amazon.com or the Rodale Books Site