59 of 69 people found the following review helpful
Warning: No penguins,
This review is from: The New Penguin History of the World (Paperback)
This is an excellent book - thorough, detailed, well researched and well written. If you want to know about the history of the world, this book delivers. However, I have one gripe: despite the title, this book is, in fact, a history exclusively of humans in the world. When I got about six chapters in, I started to wonder when penguins would arrive on the scene. By about halfway through, I realised that the title is just false advertising - a cheap effort to hook you in, make you buy the book thinking it's about penguins, and then hope you won't notice because it is, otherwise, really good.
If you're looking for a penguin history of the world, look elsewhere. There are no penguins here. No discussion of significant penguins in world history, penguin culture or religion, or any analysis of a penguincentric historical timeline. I think this book should be renamed The New Human History of the World, to avoid this confusion. I can't be the only one disappointed at the lack of penguins.
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Initial post: 16 Oct 2011 17:38:17 BDT
Was innocently skimming my way through the reviews, not readin their titles, and yours crept up behind me like a ninja penguin. Very funny. Very refreshing. Very helpful.
It broke the tedium of searching and analysing book after book to remind me what it was all for - something appealing. Thankyou so much.
Posted on 5 Nov 2011 00:22:40 GMT
Ms. E. L. Fairclough says:
Hands down, best review I have ever read on Amazon.
Posted on 13 Dec 2011 00:24:31 GMT
An excellent review.
A recent study discovered that Penguins about the size of humans roamed South America some 35 million years ago, and they didn't need ice to survive. How could any book ignore the March of the Penguins when discussing history. I think you are right ... there is something fishy about this book!
Posted on 10 Jan 2012 15:02:32 GMT
S. M. Saunders says:
It's all very well adding a touch of humour to your review, but what about the book itself? You've given it five stars - would you like to tell us why? You've said virtually nothing in your review!
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jan 2012 22:51:31 GMT
This doesn't sound like the seal of approval!
Posted on 28 Mar 2015 12:34:19 GMT
Jan Langr says:
I think theres been a misunderstanding here..lol. The penguine books are called like that after the publisher.
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