- Mass Market Paperback: 470 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (1 Jan. 1920)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812533666
- ISBN-13: 978-0812533668
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 3.1 x 17.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,741,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Isle of Woman (Geodyssey) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jan 1920
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"Anthony's most ambitious project to date. Well conceived and written from the heart." --"LIbrary Journal"
The history of humankind is recreated through the experiences of members of one family as they are reincarnated throughout the planet's evolutionary history, from the dawn of time to an era in which humans inhabit multiple worlds.See all Product description
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Reading the reviews here, it strikes me that the Kirkus reviewers missed the boat. They did understand that this book MUST be treated as fiction and that if you are looking for an education on history and prehistory, you won't find it here. However, most of the AMAZON reviewers just enjoyed the story. When you read this book, focus on plot and character, not history. Despite what Kirkus writes, the plot (a series of short stories with similar characters) holds together just fine and the ending is perfect.
BOTTOM LINE: a fun and unique read, enjoyable by almost anyone. Just remember what the point is. And don't skip the introduction.
Having said that it is an easy read as the story flows well.
The book chronicles the life of a collection of individuals drawn from the same family as if they, like the book were passing through history from humanity's birth in Africa to shortly beyond our own present time. It does this in a remarkably simple yet effective way and at no point did I find the book confusing or difficult to read.
"Isle of Woman" jumps through time as if the reader were a time-traveller themselves, moving through events that shaped humanity and exploring places long lost, even to archeology. This book is a great inspiration both to learning of our past and to travelling around the world in search of it. Before reading this book I never knew of places like Catal Huyuk (described in the book as one of humanity's first cities), places so fundamental to the history of our social evolution.
I truly enjoyed this book yet I must admit that the ending left me feeling somewhat disapointed and slightly marred the whole experience (hence the loss of my review's 5th star). Despite this though, the book is a very worthwhile read and I heartily recommend it to anyone searching for something a little different to the norm.
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