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The Cartoon History of the Universe III: From the Rise of


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Title: The Cartoon History of the Universe III: From the Rise of Arabia to the Renaissance

ISBN : 0393324036
Author : Larry Gonick
Publisher : W W Norton & Co Ltd
Media : Paperback
SKU MIX6-U6-109E-MOV6-1485


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From Publishers Weekly&newline;&newline;The second volume of Gonick's deeply researched, lucid and hilarious overview of history was published eight years ago. Good things take time, evidently. This third installment begins in the year 395, with the closing of Europe's pagan temples, and ends in 1492, with Columbus and crew setting sail. Readers get an overview of nearly everything that occurred between those two events, from the origins of Islam to the great Chinese dynasties and the Crusades, with &doublequote;flashbacks&doublequote; to the rise of African culture, the Turco-Mongol tribes and more. Gonick's take on history is whip-smart, skeptical about familiar but questionable stories and absolutely in command of dozens of simultaneous historical threads. He's also very funny, even at his most respectful. (In the chapter on the life of Muhammad, for instance, he makes a running joke of keeping the prophet permanently off-panel.) Gonick is fond of wacky little digressions, and the book includes plenty of learned slapstick (one ongoing gag concerns the &doublequote;amazing amount of eye-gouging&doublequote; in Byzantine history). The architecture and clothes in Gonick's work are drawn with convincing realism, but the people are broad, goofy caricatures, which somehow makes the entire presentation even friendlier: in fact, the author employs a handful of walk-ons disheveled, mustachioed academic types to explain the more complicated points.&newline;Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.&newline;&newline;&newline;From School Library Journal&newline;&newline;Adult/High School-This clever, wickedly funny book begins with the birth of Islam, steps back for an overview of the history of Africa, jumps to Turkey and China, peeks at the Dark Ages in Europe, heads back to the Middle East for the Crusades, and wraps up with Christopher Columbus heading west. Gonick has a knack for finding intriguing bits of history that tend to be overlooked in conventional texts and reporting them with irreverent humor, as with the story of the group of Meccans who visited a cathedral in Ethiopia and left an unusual calling card. (&doublequote;&*%$# pagans pooped in my church!&doublequote; the king complains to the Islamic missionaries.) The book is a mixture of careful research and quips, often dwelling on the irony of people's actions versus their stated beliefs. The black-and-white art is energetic, sometimes spare, but generally evocative of time and place. Highly entertaining.&newline;Susan Salpini, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA&newline;Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.&newline;--This text refers to the &newline;&newline;Hardcover&newline;edition.

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