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SECRET OF SPECIES, A CONVENIENT ISLAND

Resident of Galapagos Research Centre

Resident of Galapagos Research Centre

Finally, it turns out to be a convenient island, albeit half way of the world from where I came from.  Many people, mostly fisherman from Europe stumbled on these archipelagos long before me and even Charles Darwin.  And it wasn’t convenient.  He was simply on a round the world survey on Her Majesty’s Service (just like James Bond. no secret though) in 1835.  He was on board the Beagle and stopped over the islands for just a few weeks.  Not knowing that it harbors the secret of the “Origin  Of Species”, so the tiny islands and its native residents have just been there waiting to be discovered and honored.

Ask yourself, how many times you have stumbled on new things — places, people and phenomenon.  and we allow them just slip pass us without feeling awed, bewildered, or even noticed.   To make sense of merely something stumbled on, even a gem, takes an endeavour of a Homo Sapien scale.   No wonder, out the human history and prehistory there is only one Charles Darwin.  Or the Galapagos Island is just an island of convenience.

 

BOOK HOPPING — 遊讀記趣之「今生今世」

胡蘭成的「今生今世」確是好書。論者之多,曾一時成風。

好書受到器重絕不為奇。他生逢民國初年,學貫中西,博通古今,不足為奇。奇就奇在作者的身份,行徑。他是份量不輕的漢奸,此奇一。連續結婚八次(其實是貪新忘舊),此奇二。有地位的漢奸:秦檜謀私,謀權;吳三桂為色為情都給比下去。

書中聚事行文常常慢得如分如秒。但他就是這樣細述民初景象,社會倫常,人物氣色。而他自己就切切實實活在其中,大概也不假的。他的當上漢奸,婚姻態度卻文辭華麗,精煉。可知日本侵華,廣植漢奸,用心之精煉,深得其人。

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