Book Review: Charles and Emma
This is a young adult book about the relationship of Charles Darwin with his wife Emma. It highlights his wrestling with the implications of his theory in light of his wife’s faith. The two viewpoints are contrasted as opposites, but somehow within the marriage both supported by love.
Their brood of ten children, seven of which survive, provide an apt context for the theme. There was much discussion of the medical practices of their day, which strike our modern sensibilities as appalling quackery. I give this book four stars; it helps make these issues not as black and white as many people see them.