5 thoughts on “Cartoon History of the Universe II, Vol. 8-13

  1. Hmm. Cool idea, actually – a history of everything in graphic novel form – though this volume at least doesn’t deserve to be called a history of the universe since it’s focused on human civilization on one puny planet. Still, it was interesting. Lots of detail for a fairly quick read, not much of which I retained.
    At first I expected it to be the sort of thing that one could give to a kid to introduce them to history, but later on it became clear that no, one could not. The kid would have some…

  2. I’ve read this book before, a long, long time ago, but my brother-in-law, Josh, didn’t know that when he bought it for me for my birthday. What he did know is that I own (and love) The Cartoon History of the Universe I (especially for its cartoon depiction of the process of evolution), so this was a good bet, and even though I’d read it before, I devoured it fairly quickly after receiving it.

    The subtitle of this book is From the Springtime of China to the Fall of Rome, and it is primarily about

  3. I’ve always enjoyed this series, but I’d only ever read volume 1, which I bought probably twenty years ago. So I was delighted to see this in the library and checked it out on impulse.

    My reaction with this volume – as we get into more of the history of nations than the first volume – is that it would have greatly benefited from a different format. It is limited by the fact that it was published first as separate issues in a series; possibly more than any other conversion of a comic series to a “

  4. The comic almost-version of Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything. MIT’s Mathematican Gonick tells all: From Big Bang, evolution, religion, modern civilization. For newbies, this is introduction. Those familiar with the subjects will find Gonick’s sense of humor is deeply symbollic and accurate.

    If you notice, no english edition of this book available at any local bookstore. That said something about Gramedia’s distribution policy.

  5. (This is in addition to what I said in my review of the first volume; everything I said there also applies to this one.)

    I found reading the section on India somewhat more difficult than the others, because Gonick hasn’t spared ancient Indian history his trademark humour or wit. I’m not used to seeing figures and ideas considered sacred in the Indian subcontinent treated without a certain amount of care or sacredness, and that was utterly novel.

    I can understand why the devoutly religious would be

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