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The Malay Archipelago - Volume 2

Alfred Russel Wallace

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A fascinating and classic Victorian ethnology of SE Asia, first published in 1869. The author was co-discoverer of evolution, together with Darwin.

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. . .Tobo, and under the government of Banda, the surf was very heavy, owing to a strong westward swell. We therefore rounded the rocky point on which the village was situated, but found it very little better on the other side. We were obliged, however, to go on shore here; and waiting till the people on the beach had made preparations, by placing a row of logs from the water's edge on which to pull up our boats, we rowed as quickly as we could straight on to them, after watching till the heaviest surfs had passed. The moment we touched ground our men all jumped out, and, assisted by those on shore, attempted to haul up the boat high and dry, but not having sufficient hands, the surf repeatedly broke into the stern. The steepness of the beach, however, prevented any damage being done, and the other boat having both crews to haul at it, was got up without difficulty.

The next morning, the water being low, the breakers were at some distance from shore, and we had to . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Wallace spent several years in the 1850s and 1860s killing and collecting specimens in what is now Indonesia and Malaysia for natural-history collections in Europe. He describes and discusses the plants and animals that he finds, how he came upon them, and aspects of their context, and he relates...more

Ini buku keren banget! Saya sangat menikmati setiap perjalan Wallace. Setiap pergerakannya di The Malay Archipelago terdeskripsikan dengan baik. Kebahagian yang luar biasa saat Wallace berhasil menemukan ratusan spesies baru, ketakjuban saat menemukan kupu-kupu yang indah, kekecewaan saat berada...more

Alfred Russel Wallace is the man who simultaneously to Darwin came up with the theory of evolution by natural selection. Wallace had no college degree and came from a poor English family, unlike Darwin, and he deferred to Darwin and gave Darwin credit for the theory throughout his life. The Malay...more

Better than The origin of species.
poor Wallace, scientific world should pay more attention to his tribute on theory of evolution.

This has been permanently shelved for the time being. A brief note: from what I read, one of the more interesting aspects were the pure imperial aspects and different attitudes of the time. This man was, in as much as we could say of that era, a naturalist. Yet, the way he enacted this was more o...more

Buku hasil penetian ilmiah yang dilakukan Wallace selama beberapa tahun ia melakukan eksplorasi keragaman species di Hindia Belanda yang melahirkan Wallace's Line. Disampaikan dengan bahasa yang ringan dan runut, serupa catatan harian, membuat kita dapat merasakan petualangan yang dijalani Wallac...more

3,5 stars!
a nice insight on natural and sociological condition of Indonesia (and the sorrounding area) in the late 1800s.

Buku yang berat (*dalam arti sebenarnya) ini merupakan catatan perjalanan Alfred Russell Wallace di Nusantara dalam rangka meneliti keanekaragaman hayati di belahan bumi tersebut.

Wallace adalah seorang naturalis dan penjelajah yang namanya kelak diabadikan sebagai Garis Wallace, garis zonasi per...more

The Malay Archipelago by Victorian English naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace was first published in 1869 and dedicated to Charles Darwin. Wallace is perhaps most famous for postulating the view, without specific reliance on Darwin’s theory, that life evolves. The Malay Archipelago was an instant a...more

With eight years of travel around the islands of Indonesia to condense into one volume there was bound to be some repetition, and at points I did feel a certain ennui when a pattern established itself of "travel to island, meet head man, arrange house, go collecting, prepare collections, fight pr...more

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