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The Resource Mr Darwin's Shooter

Mr Darwin's Shooter

Label
Mr Darwin's Shooter
Title
Mr Darwin's Shooter
Statement of responsibility
Roger McDonald
Title variation
Mr. Darwins shooter
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
the story of Syms Covington, Darwin's manservant on the Beagle and afterwards. Last century Charles Darwin set out on a voyage in the Beagle that would change forever the way human history was viewed. It was on this voyage that Darwin collected the information that gave birth to his controversial Theory of Evolution. This is a novel of scientific discovery, of religious faith, of masters and servants, and of the endless wonder of the natural world. But its greatest triumph is Covington himself, the boy who looked up at the beckoning figure of a yellow-haired Christian in the stained glass window in his boyhood church of Bedford, and sought to follow. He leaves Bedford as a lad of 13 and goes to sea with the evangelical sailor John Phipps and becomes one of Phipps' 'lads'. But Phipps' catechising can't repress Covington's passage into manhood, nor prevent him chasing the exotic native maidens of Tierra del Fuego. When next he returns to sea it is to serve on the Beagle. Mr Darwin's Shooter re-creates the voyage of the Beagle, where Covington spends time exploring -- and collecting specimens -- inland. And we travel on to the Galapagos Islands, with their huge turtles and armadillos and remarkable finches. Years later, in Sydney's Watson's Bay in beset middle age, Covington awaits the arrival of the first copy of Darwin's The Origin of Species, which contains the scandalous theory of evolution. What part of his life might be in it? What truths may it contain? How can one man absorb the meaning of Creation?
Summary
Chronicles the life of Syms Covington, who becomes Charles Darwin's shooter and collector of specimens, from his early maritime adventures to his later years as he awaits his copy of "The Origin of Species" and ponders his part in altering the way the world thinks
Award
  • Adelaide Festival Award for Fiction (South Australia), 2000.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 1999
  • NSW Premier's Literary Awards, Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, 1999.
  • South Australian Premier's Award for Literature, 2000.
  • Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction, 1999.
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005022
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1941-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Roger McDonald
Dewey number
823
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
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Fiction / General
Target audience
adult
Label
Mr Darwin's Shooter
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
ODILO:034300008645
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781742754697
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Mr Darwin's Shooter
Publication
Control code
ODILO:034300008645
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
http://library.link/vocab/inputERC
True
Isbn
9781742754697
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Specific material designation
optical disk

Library Locations

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