Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Book Review: The Evolution of Inanimate Objects

The Evolution of Inanimate Objects: The Life and Collected Works of Thomas Darwin (1857-1879)
A Novel by Harry Karlinsky 
Published by The Friday Project

The Evolution of Inanimate Objects is a curious and compelling little book that will make you think about it weeks after reading the last page.

While researching on the history of Canadian Asylums in the Victorian age, Harry Karlinsky, professor of Psychiatry, who is the author of this book and also a character (which one is real?), comes across the name 'Thomas Darwin.' Could this Thomas Darwin be related to Charles Darwin?

What follows is a fictional biography about Thomas Darwin, the 11th fictitious son of Charles Darwin and the curious tale of how Thomas went from being a scholar with eccentric tendencies to being held in an asylum in Canada. Thomas takes his father's theory on evolution and applies it to inanimate objects. His specialism is kitchen cutlery. All seems plausible until he insists that the objects evolve without human intervention.

I love the barcode!
The Evolution of Inanimate Objects is full of letters, scientific reports, photographs, diary entries and meeting notes. This documentary-style structure makes it feel like you are really reading a factual biography. At times I was so immersed with the story that I needed to go away and google-check to remind myself that The Evolution of Inanimate Objects is fictional.

If you like novels that leave you puzzled (in a good way) and you fancy something more than the usual beginning-middle-end type of novel then you should definitely give this novel a try. Trust me, it's enjoyable, original and fantastic.

The Evolution of Inanimate Objects is available as an ebook and physical book from your preferred book retailer.

Thank you to the publisher who kindly sent me a copy.

1 comment:

David Law said...

Sounds interesting. Must check it out!