The Origin of Species

The Origin of Species

Book - 2008
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Set in Montreal in the 1980s, The Origin of Species tells the story of thirty-something Alex Fratarcangeli (I can't even pronounce it myself, he admits to an acquaintance), plagued by a familiar sense of being a fraud in all aspects of his life, from his professional ambitions to his romantic involvements. Alex is by all accounts an unexceptional man, save for the fact that he is haunted by an extraordinary experience in the Galapagos Islands, the consequences of which threaten to upend the precarious balance of his ordinary life. Crafted with astonishing skill and empathy, The Origin of Species is a novel of emotional intensity, fierce intelligence, and searing humour.
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, c2008.
ISBN: 9780385663601
Branch Call Number: RICCI
Characteristics: 472 p.


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Jul 22, 2012

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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.

Apr 14, 2011

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

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.

Jun 10, 2010

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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.

Jan 03, 2009

Giller prize longlister.

Presented this book at Oakville Bookers Brunch.

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