The book was recommended to me, and though I've never had the desire to read Charles Darwin, I found he had a very interesting writing style.His was an almost 5 year adventure, whose intention was not Indiana Jonesish, but who certainly had many exciting experiences. Beyond seeing the world, he experienced or describes the fear of Indian attacks, earthquakes, a tsunami, being flea infested, as well as encounters with various aboriginal peoples.He is very observant.Does not at all write with any modern concern for political correctness - he does see European/British culture as the height of human culture and measures everyone else against that standard.He is totally anti-slavery, a barbaric practice which he sees as dehumanizing both slave and master.The read is easy because if you are not interested in his more scientific or descriptive passages, you can easily skim through them without losing the thread or the big picture.Though I was told I would in the work see his changing attitude toward faith in God and his emerging atheistic view of nature, I didn't see that in the Kindle version I read.I saw no one chapter offering that information, nor did I see that in the entire work.Religion was not a big part of his daily thinking, but he remained respectful of it throughout the work and saw Christianity as in fact improving aboriginal peoples by reducing the human abuses of exposure of children/babies (especially female ones), of murder of prisoners/slaves, or endless revenge/honor killings, etc.He thought Christianity does reduce or help control the more vile/violent aspects of human behavior.