- Paperback: 373 pages
- Publisher: Picador; New Edit/Cover edition (18 Mar. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330313991
- ISBN-13: 978-0330313995
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 687,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A History of the World in 101/2 Chapters Paperback – 18 Mar 2005
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Frequently brilliant, funny, thoughtful, iconoclastic, and a delight to read -- Salman Rushdie, Observer
You will want to read it again and again, and why not? theres nothing around to touch it -- Anne Smith, Literary Review
‘Frequently brilliant, funny, thoughtful, iconoclastic, and a delight to read. Barnes is like a worldly, secular reincarnation of a medieval gloss-writer on sacred texts, and what he offers us is the novel as footnote to history, as subversion of the given, as brilliant, elaborate doodle around the margins of what we know we think about what we think we know’ Salman Rushdie, ObserverSee all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
The only story I remember from this collection loosely placed through time, is one about Noah's Ark. This is told from the point of view of a woodworm pair who stowed away (or how would we have woodworms now, is the implication) and managed to remain hidden, though Noah was determined to find those noisy death-watch beetles similarly eating his timbers. Apparently I should put a spoiler before saying that not all the animals survive the ordeal, but I would have thought that this was a given. I have to think that this is a satire.
The other stories weren't funny, though in some cases it was clear that the author thought they were. I'm told some of his other works are good.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliantly written, page turning humour that leaves you wanting morePublished 10 months ago by Millie
Fantastic book, brought as a gift. Arrived well on time and well packaged.
The book itself is a series of stories and a fantastic read. Great for a holiday!
amusing and quirky - he writes beautifully - but then you know that.Published 13 months ago by annrosenberg
Funny and witty. Well written by one of the best English contemporariesPublished 14 months ago by Valentina
Some very witty writing and much to think about. Really enjoyed it.Published 17 months ago by Ireton