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Trials of the Monkey An Accidental Memoir When Darwin called his second book The Descent of Man instead of The Ascent of Man he was thinking of his progeny So declares Darwin s great great grandson Matthew Chapman as he leaves behind his stre

  • Title: Trials of the Monkey: An Accidental Memoir
  • Author: Matthew Chapman
  • ISBN: 9780312300784
  • Page: 310
  • Format: Paperback
  • Trials of the Monkey: An Accidental Memoir By Matthew Chapman, When Darwin called his second book The Descent of Man instead of The Ascent of Man he was thinking of his progeny So declares Darwin s great great grandson Matthew Chapman as he leaves behind his stressful career as a Hollywood screenwriter and travels to Dayton, Tennessee where in 1925 creationist opposition to the teaching of evolution in schools was played out in a fa When Darwin called his second book The Descent of Man instead of The Ascent of Man he was thinking of his progeny So declares Darwin s great great grandson Matthew Chapman as he leaves behind his stressful career as a Hollywood screenwriter and travels to Dayton, Tennessee where in 1925 creationist opposition to the teaching of evolution in schools was played out in a famous legal drama, the Scopes Monkey Trial.The purpose of this journey is to see if opinions have changed in the seventy five intervening years A defiant atheist, Chapman is confronted not only by the fundamentalist beliefs that continue to banish the theory of evolution but by his own spiritual malaise as the outward journey becomes an inward quest, a tragicomic accidental memoir First there was Charles Darwin, two yards long and nobody s fool Then there was his son, my great grandfather, Sir Francis Darwin, an eminent botanist Then came my grandmother Frances, a modest poet who spent a considerable amount of time in rest homes for depression From her issued my beloved mother, Clare, who was extremely short, failed to complete medical school, and eventually became an alcoholic Then we get down to me I m in the movie business Trials of the Monkey combines travel writing and reportage, as Chapman records his encounters in the South, with history and the accidental memoir of a man full of mid life doubts in a genre breaking first book that is darkly funny, provocative and poignant.

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    1. Matthew Chapman is the great great grandson of Charles Darwin He s also a screenwriter and director of some note at least to his lights He s also an avowed atheist who decided to investigate the site of the famous monkey trial, the infamous battle between religion and science in Dayton, Tennessee immortalized in the wonderful film Inherit the Wind The book becomes a combination historical narrative memoir personal voyage He explains his interest in the Scopes trial this way After a bus driver ex [...]

    2. re post from my old blog Through a strange serendipity is there any other kind , I started reading Trials of the Monkey at about the same time as I was watching the Nova show Judgement Day Intelligent Design on Trial In Judgment Day, the author of Trials, is interviewed An avowed atheist and great great grandson of Darwin himself, Matthew Chapman is now a successful screenwriter, living in New York City.He was feeling closed in by the rat race that is Hollywood and began casting about for someth [...]

    3. Matthew Chapman obviously suffers from ADD, actually he seems like a direct descendent of the Bonobo Ape than Darwin probably some mild dyslexia, and has a family history of addiction with depression which stem from neurological and biological disorders rather than from spiritual lack.Chapman s spirit seems fine, even if it is somewhat overworked by doing the work he loves, sometimes grudgingly, to gain what he and his wife both desire His meandering book wanders about in various tenses to brin [...]

    4. A very enjoyable stealth memoir, funny and poignant, while also an interestingly reported foray into the Bible Belt by a doubting English descendant of Darwin I admire the way Chapman writes honestly about himself even as he skewers others, especially Bible thumpers, but always with a compassionate wink He both discerns and forgives others crutches and foibles, having racked up so many disasters himself He isn t afraid to talk at length with people who are stunningly different from him Some of t [...]

    5. Chapman describes this work as an accidental memoir I suppose I m grateful for that accident and lucky to have found it at a thrift store A descendant of Charles Darwin and stanch atheist, he travels to Dayton, TN where he originally plans to do research for a book about the Scopes Trial of 1925 Trying not to sound too cliche, but it becomes of a spiritual journal rather than a work trip The book is filled with personal stories of lost faith, the challenges of dealing with an alcoholic mother, [...]

    6. Matthew Chapman, Hollywood screenwriter, director and great great grandson of Charles Darwin heads to the Bible Belt of Dayton, Tennessee to investigate the annual re enactment of the Scopes Monkey Trial Prepared to be amused by the religious bigotry of Fundamentalism, he is instead challenged by the purpose and contentment he finds in some of the believers, forcing him to question the lack of meaning and satisfaction in his own atheism, and changing him to a wistful agnostic At times laugh out [...]

    7. This is an interesting book concerning the famous Scopes Monkey Trial in Dayton TN 1925 The author decides to write a book about the re enactment of the trial that is performed every year He wants to see if anything has changed in 75 years Oh, and the author just happens to be the great great grandson of Charles Darwin The book is really 3 stories There is the historic account of the actual trial, the authors interaction with the people of Dayton and a memoir of the authors life The book was edu [...]

    8. An engaging account part confession, part historical sleuthing, part biography Chapman, a descendent of Charles Darwin, visits Dayton, Tennessee, where the Monkey Trial took place He comes away with a changed perspective More comments may be found on my blog Sects and Violence in the Ancient World.

    9. this book really made me think quite a bit, although it was slightly longer than I think was necessary then again maybe I just didn t like how long the author forced me to reflect on these concepts

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