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reader ↠ Between Man and Beast ´ Monte Reel

The unbelievably riveting adventure of an unlikely young explorer who emerged from the jungles of Africa with evidence of a mysterious still mythical beast the gorilla only to stumble straight into the center of the biggest debate of the day Darwin's theory of evolutionIn 1856 Paul Du Chaillu marched into the euatorial wilderness of West Africa determined to bag an animal that according to legend was nothing sh

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Between Man and BeastOrt of a monster When he emerged three years later the summation of his efforts only hinted at what he'd experienced in one of the most dangerous regions on earth Armed with an astonishing collection of zoological specimens Du Chaillu leapt from the physical challenges of the jungle straight into the center of the biggest issues of the time the evolution debate racial discourse the growth of Christian fundament Indiana Jones Allan uartermain Professor Challenger Rick O'Connell These are the names of men I grew up with The names of men I admired They came from film and literature They were not real but they represented that intuitive spirit of adventure deep within every human being the testosterone producing adrenaline pumping urge we have to shed the shackles of our domesticated 9 to 5 lives and step foot into the unknown regions of the worldWith this book I have found a REAL name to add to the list of men who inspire bold deeds and courageous journeys Paul Du Chaillu Between Man and Beast follows a young man who grows up fast in his explorations of euatorial Africa It also chronicles Du Chaillu's life outside of the wild frontier and the obstacles he met when bringing back some of the earliest gorilla specimens to the modernizing world a world that was being introduced to evolutionary science through the writings of Darwin Huxley and othersThe author Reel has a relentlessly readable style of prose that is full of grace and efficiency The book itself although non fiction reads like a true adventure story intermixed with fascinating historical and scientific anecdotes as well as short biographical sketches of many interesting characters such as Abraham Lincoln and members of Victorian Britain's scientific community including Richard Owen Charles Darwin John Edward Gray Thomas Henry Huxley and Roderick MurchisonBetween Man and Beast is also an exploration of the contrasts in humanity Du Chaillu's witnessing of the slave trade and their prison pens is a horrific account The ego games played between Britain's esteemed scientists during the evolutionary debates reveal how man can distort science to uphold his view on religion or even scientific theory There are uplifting accounts of humanity in those who defended Du Chaillu's reputation when he was called a fraud after retelling stories of his first African expedition Not to mention the man himself Du Chaillu was determined to discredit all the naysayers and returned to Africa for a second expedition facing obstacles than he had in the firstReel has excellently delivered the history of a lesser known explorer's career Not only that but he has given us an intriguing glimpse into 19th century Britain and America at a time when racial prejudices abounded in science and science itself was being revolutionized with the advent of evolution My only gripe is that Reel did not delve deeper into the science behind the evolutionary debates during Du Chaillu's time This ualm is overshadowed by the telling of one man's story Du Chaillu was a man without a permanent home a man who traveled back and forth all his life He faced overwhelming ridicule in civilized society and overwhelming odds in the jungles These challenges did not break him Du Chaillu a short man with a flamboyant French accent is a prime example of a real life adventurer and explorer with an indomitable spirit

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Î reflectionslisburnltd Ú The unbelievably riveting adventure of an unlikely young explorer who emerged from the jungles of Africa with evidence of a mysterious still mythical beast the gorilla only to stumble straight into the center of the biggest debate of the day Darwin's theory of evolutionIn 1856 Paul Du Chaillu marched into the euatorial wilderneAlism and helped push each to unprecedented intensities He experienced instant celebrity but with that fame came whispers about his past his credibility and his very identity which would haunt the young man Grand in scope immediate in detail and propulsively readable Between Man and Beast brilliantly combines Du Chaillu's personal journey with the epic tale of a world hovering on the sharp edge of transformatio In a time when the world seems to have shrunk and all corners are easily reached when the bright light of science and technology seem to eliminate any dark shadows from our world it is hard to imagine the mystery anticipation and indeed fear that surrounded the exploration of Darkest Africa In the mid eighteen hundreds most of the African continent was an unknown mystery to the people of Europe It would be an age that spawned noted European explorers and scientists such as Stanley and Livingstone Richard Burton and John Spence Charles Darwin's theories were beginning to rock the foundations of science One explorer who would contribute greatly to the opening of Africa and it's secrets was Paul Du Chaillu While little known today he had a great impact on adding to the knowledge of West Africa and specifically on one species of animal in particular the almost mythical gorilla Scientists in Europe had never before had reliable specimens of the gorilla until Du Chaillu who grew up in West Africa brought than a dozen carcasses to Europe and the United States The story here lies not so much in his explorations but in the uproar he caused in the scientific community Many noted scientists chose not to believe Du Chaillu had actually explored West Africa and shot the gorilla's himself After all many noted European explorers had tried and failed to bring back this legendary beast He was alternately revered and ridiculed for years as he tried to convince everyone of the truth of his adventures His detractors besmirched him not only in print by attacking his accomplishments but also attacked him personally casting aspersions upon his mixed heritage This book is an interesting investigation into the life and trials of a man who rose from obscurity to the summit of the scientific community only to be reviled and forced into attempting to recover his reputation by returning once again to the land whose secrets he had helped reveal Provided for review by Doubleday