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The Cartoon History of the Universe II, Volumes 8-13: From the Springtime of China to the Fall of Rome (Pt.2)

 
 
 
 
The Cartoon History of the Universe II, Volumes 8-13: From the Springtime of China to the Fall of Rome (Pt.2)
Author: Larry Gonick
ISBN 13: 9780385420938
ISBN 10: 385420935
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Doubleday
Publication Date: 1994-10
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
List Price: $25.00
 
 

Here's a new installment of the phenomenal  bestseller that Publishers Weekly  selected as one of the twelve graphic books of all  time. Spanning ages and continents from Ancient  India to Rome and China in A.D. 600, Volume II is  hip, funny, and full of info.

B & W  illustrations.

Publishers Weekly

Gonick has done it again with a diffuse but deep excavation into early civilizations from ancient China to the Germanic tribes. In some ways, Gonick asks a lot of American readership's occidental training by detailing every dynastic hotshot from the Orient. This also being a fertile time for the development of religious cults, Gonick spends much time on Christ (whom he insists on calling ``Jeshua ben Joseph''), Confucius, (not, one might note, Lao Tsu or K'ung fu-tsze), Buddha and the like. Gonick's main focus is not to outline the contributions that allowed their teachings to survive the centuries, but rather to humanize them, and some come across as fanatical seekers simply looking for a following, a good meal, a wicked battle, a girlfriend or a shower. The artist's style is versatile and engaging, and his asides, puns and parenthetical references do much to keep the reader's attention throughout this tome, but that cannot entirely make up for the fact that some of this history is just plain dry. However, aficionados of cartoon blood, backstabbing, sex and history will love this volume, and might find a place for it near their encyclopedias. (Oct.)