Listened to the audio book and liked that he read this memoir himself. Brings to life his humor, opinions, strident atheism and professorial smugness too. Checkout the paper book to see photographs of places and people described in the stories.
Listened to the audio book and liked that he read this memoir himself. Brings to life his humor, opinions and smugness too. Also, checked out the real book to see the photographs of places and people described in the stories.
The summary is quite clear. Dawkins is a delight. Pleasant to listen to.
I listened to this audiobook on a road trip. It passed the time quite well since it covered so much - psychology (like any good memoir - reflections on childhood and growing up), science, the life of a student in British school, family history, and all with a lovely sense of humor and insightful reflections. Richard "practically born with a pith helmet on my head" Dawkins turns out to be far more interested in theoretical biology than in running around outside. His love of reading, science, and fond (& sometimes not so fond) recollections of schoolboy days are all on charming display.
So many ideas stood out to me and I'm sure will stick with me. One example: Dawkins says that linguistic evolution is a good enough metaphor for biological evolution to be both illuminating and confusing. He compares the separation of species (based on the inability to produce offspring) to the separation of languages - not with the obvious choice but rather with the moment when a speaker of one attempts to speak other and it is considered a compliment rather than an insult.
Very much looking forward to the second installment of this memoir.
"In this first instalment of a projected two-volume autobiography, British evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins recounts his life and career in science. The son of an agricultural specialist in the British Colonial Service, Dawkins was born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1941 and, early on, developed both an insatiable intellectual curiosity and a healthy sense of scepticism. This engaging memoir covers Dawkins' childhood in Africa and England, his studies at Oxford, and the research that led to the publication of his breakthrough book, The Selfish Gene, in 1976." Biography and Memoir December 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=712601
This memoir begins with Dawkins family background, continuing through his birth, childhood and early adult life up until the publication of his first book The Selfish Gene in 1976. He came from a family strong in biology and natural science, with his father an agricultural specialist. He was born and spent his early years in Africa, mostly in Nyasaland, now Malawi. His parents returned to England in 1949 when Dawkins was eight and his father took on farming a country estate he had inherited. He went to boarding school and then on to study zoology at Balliol College, Oxford. I found the early part of the book most interesting when he talked about his family's background and his childhood years, first in Africa and then at boarding school. He has lots of description about his university studies, his research, and his influences in his career as a scientist. These were interesting as well, but not as intimate as the earlier part of his life. He reads the book himself except for diary entries from his parents which are read by Lalla Ward, and I think this adds something to a book, particularly a memoir. Very enjoyable, educational, and entertaining.
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