Nothing like hearing about the voyage from the source. Darwin’s story of the 5-year trip around the world was first put out in 1839 then revised with some serious scientific ideas in 1845 as he was about to spring the idea of evolution on us. In this book, he describes the interactions with the people in South America, the Galapagos, Tahiti, Australia, New Zealand, etc.
Some of my favorite sentences from the work:
“A strong desire is always felt to ascertain whether any human being has previously visited an unfrequented spot.” (Chapter 13, Chiloe and Chonos Islands)
“It was a pretty scene; but I missed that pensive stillness which makes the autumn in England indeed the evening of the year.” (Chapter 15, Passage of the Cordillera)
“I am tired of repeating the epithets barren and sterile.” (Chapter 16, Northern Chile and Peru)
“Seeing this gradation and diversity of structure in one small, intimately related group of birds, one might really fancy that from an original paucity of birds in this archipelago, one species had been taken and modified for different ends.” (Chapter 17, Galapagos Archipelago)
“Farewell, Australia! you are a rising child, and doubtless some day will reign a great princess in the South: but you are too great and ambitious for affection, yet not great enough for respect. I leave your shores without sorrow or regret.” (Chapter 19, Australia)
“Other losses, although not at first felt, tell heavily after a period: these are the want of room, of seclusion, of rest; the jading feeling of a constant hurry; the privation of small luxuries, the loss of domestic society and even of music and the other pleasures of imagination.” (Chapter 21, Mauritius to England)