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An Appetite For Wonder

AuthorRichard Dawkins

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Duration8h

CategoriesAdult Non-Fiction, Biography and Autobiography

PublisherRandom House

VersionUnabridged

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In 'An Appetite for Wonder' we join Richard Dawkins on a personal journey back to an enchanting childhood in colonial Africa. There, the exotic natural world was his constant companion. Boarding school in England at the age of eight, and, later, public school at Oundle introduce Dawkins, and the reader, to strange rules and eccentric schoolmasters, vividly described with both humorous affection and some reservation. An initial fervent attachment to Church of England religion soon gives way to disaffection and, later, teenage rebellion. Early signs of a preference for music, poetry and reading over practical matters become apparent as he recalls the opportunities that entered his small world. Oxford, however, is the catalyst to his life. Vigorous debate in the dynamic Zoology Department unleashes his innate intellectual curiosity, and inspirational mentors together with his own creative thinking ignite the spark that results in his radical new vision of Darwinism, 'The Selfish Gene'.

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