The Ancestor’s Tale

A good book for the layman about evolutionary history despite some forced organization of topics and the author’s few digressions into politics.

The Ancestor’s Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution by Richard Dawkins is a good book with information about evolution and all kinds of living things.

The idea of the book, based on Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, is to travel back in time and meet the ancestors of humans and other living beings. It works to an extent, but sometimes the organization of material seems forced. It seems like Dawkins wanted to put specific topics in the book and randomly decided to put them in specific chapters. Fortunately, not all the book is like that. And even then the topics of discussion are interesting and approachable by the layman.

Another annoyance in the book is that Dawkins gets off-topic a few times with digressions on politics, current affairs, George Bush and Tony Blair, etc. If I wanted to read a book about those topics, I wouldn’t have picked The Ancestor’s Tale.

Author: Zack

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