16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Good, but a little too long (and contains time travel science fiction),
This review is from: After the Ice: A Global Human History, 20,000 - 5000 BC (Paperback)
Steven Mithen tells the story about how agriculture was discovered on the different continents of the earth. He is a gifted writer and being a researcher he has a lot of stories to tell and a lot of information to give.
Sadly Mithen has chosen to dedicating a fairly equal number of chapters to each of the continents of the Earth. So when he gets to Australia and East Asia he ends up repeating himself telling the same story that he also told about some of the earlier continent. So frankly the end of the book is a little boring and I had to struggle to finish it up.
In an effort to keep the readers attention Mithen invents a time travelling Victorian paleoanthropologist named John Lubbock and allows him to visit some of the places described in the book. So he switches back and forth between facts and fiction. This doesn't really work because we never get to hear who Mithens version ofJohn Lubbock really is and frankly I did not buy a history book to read science fiction about time travelling Victorian paleoanthropologists. The least they could do is to mention Lubbock in the description on the back of the book.
But then again the first half is really exiting, so if you buy the book and read the first half then you still get a lot of knowledge and a really good experience for only 10£.