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Ammetto di averci impiegato un pò di tempo a finirlo. Ma ne è valsa la pena. Vediamo perchè...
Innanzi tutto vi segnalo che è scritto in un inglese molto chiaro e pulito. La lettura scorre senza intoppi. E tutto viene spiegato in maniera cristallina, come un abile docente riesce ad illustrare e coinvolgere una platea di ascoltatori. Quindi lo consiglio anche a coloro che stanno imparando l'inglese ed a tutti gli studenti.
La prima parte del libro va via liscia e rapida. S'impara a conoscere la vita dei nostri avi da cui discendiamo e si scoprono cose interessantissime e coinvolgenti! Altre vi lascieranno a bocca aperta. Ed altre ancora vi faranno riflettere sul senso della vita. Non si scappa, è un trattato che fin dalle prime pagine vi sbatte d'avanti la verità nuda e cruda sull'uomo, sul suo modo di essere e di agire. Lo fa in maniera marcatamente pragmatica e si rifà alle conoscenze che si hanno ad oggi sull'Homo Sapiens. Ma è quello che stiamo cercando, no?
Quindi nei primi paragrafi capirete perchè eravamo più belli, forti, intelligenti e... felici! 40.000 anni fa, che non oggi... ^^' Scoprirete come abbimo fatto tabula rasa dei nostri antagonisti, come ci siamo evoluti (o involuti...) e perchè la tanto osannata agricoltura sia in realtà una fregatura. Quanto meno a detta dello scrittore... E tra le righe scoprirete tante altre informazioni interessanti, degne di chiaccherate coinvolgenti dopo cena in famiglia ed amici.
La parte centrale del volume è un escursus sulla storia del pensiero umano attorno a temi come l'economia, la religione, la politica... Personalmente questa parte l'ho trovata un pò più lenta e meno coinvolgente rispetto alla prima. Forse perchè venivano espressi concetti che tutto sommato facevano parte già del mio bagaglio culturale. In poche parole, poche sorprese. Anche se alcune analisi le ho trovate degne di attenzione. E' prorpio questa seconda parte che mi ha rallentato la lettura del libro...
La terza ed ultima parte, dove si tirano le somme e si da uno sguardo sul futuro, è indubbiamente interessante. Quanto meno vengono espressi concetti che ho trovato freschi. Non ultima la domanda che lo scrittore ci pone in quanto uomini, non è "cosa vorremmo diventare?", ma "cosa vorremmo (o vorremo) volere?"! Detto così può apparire quasi senza senso, ma leggendo il libro acquisisce un significato molto più profondo e coinvolgente. Già, perchè la domanda che si nasconde, a tratti più o meno evidenti durante tutto lo scorrere del testo è: cosa dovrebbe fare l'uomo per essere felice?
Though this was Yuval’s first book but I read his books in reversal order as history is my last preference. Most of you might have read this book long time ago as some famous people like Bill Gates, Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg impressed with it and recommended. Book is mainly about how humans evolved and dominated the earth. It is very beautifully written and easy to follow book. However, I’m not every sure of some of the claims author made in the book, they are mainly on social and observational perspective than scientific. I believe we yet to understand mystery of how evolution shaped by “genetics + epigenetics + mutations” till then we only get some chronology and logical conclusions. Nevertheless, it is one of the best books I ever read.
This book will come to be recognised as a game changing moment in non fiction in the same way that Origin Of Species did. Yuval uses easy to follow language and metaphors to tackle complicated concepts and subjects without leaving feeling patronised or short changed. I've read the book twice now making extended notes on the second reading but will definitely be reading it again. Out of all the books I've ever read this is by far my favourite...
This is the best book of the year and it has been a long time since the last time I am so deeply immersed into the content of a book. I bought it only because it is a bestseller on Amazon and there are so many positive reviews underneath. I am now half way through the book and it is tatolly worth the fame and the price.
It is provocative in some sense as it challenges some of the universal values nowadays. For example, it mentioned human (Homen Sapiens) as 'an animal of no significance' for most of the time in the past and equality and human rights are barely illusions as they are 'imagined myth' artificially created. Although it is a hard pill to swallow, I have to admit that it is inspiring and it reveals other points of view that I have never thought of due to the well-constructed walls in our minds around those widely accepted conventional customs and conceptions of which we take for granted.
It investigates the matters of how the 'imagined myth', including money, law and shared believes, being the key to cooperation between strangers, the inquisitive relationship between male and female in the dominant world, and how the gospel of gold along with sword and blood forges the unification of mankind, just to name a few.
I literally can't stop reading for the past few days and it is really good to find a book which fascinates you so much. I am definitely going to order his two other books in hotly debated issues for further exploration and understanding from sharp and novel viewpoints.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book from the Minuit I opened it to finishing! Quite long so need some time to read it all but Highly recommend if you are interested in the evolution of our species..definatley going to be including his the next 2 books in my next book haul..21 lessons for the 21st century and Homo Deus
The content in this book will change the way you think about life and explains in a rather blunt way why humans are the way we are. Something that stood out to me was how Harari explains how animals high on the food chain were proud and confident as they evolved slowly into their positions. Our rise as Sapiens was much quicker and we didn't have time to evolve enough, meaning we kept our anxiety from our ancestral fear of being eaten. I certainly enjoyed it and I think anyone with even a surface level of interest in biology or psychology or even just the human species will find this a captivating read.
Insightful book that's very apt for the current climate. My husband read this book first and insisted I give it a read - it really is super detailed and gives you the low-down on the history of the homo sapiens over tens of thousands of years. It's not only a history book - it covers humanities as a whole with a real focus on religion and society. The follow up - Homo Deus is also worth a read too.
If your reading these reviews then your already interested, as long as your partially interested I would definitely recommend getting this as it will be much better than you'll think. I was in two minds at first but hold no regrets. The author has a very nice way about the way he writes, is very intelligent and very insightful. What a great understanding of who we are and where we came from, I'm only half way through and satisfied enough for 5 stars.
If you are in any way interested in history or in the evolution of humans or animals or the planet. This is a must read. Though this is regarded as a "lengthy" book, it does not feel so. Yuval Noah Harari, with his strong control in language, keeps us engaged in a witty and non-boring manner. I was genuinely excited to read this book throughout. Though his atheism is clear in his writing, Yuval Noah Harari clearly gets his point across while educating us with a vast amount of fascinating facts about our planet, our species and the species around us. a delightful read that grounds us and makes us retract our thinking back to how simple things really are and how as an evolved species, we've overcomplicated a lot of things.
Understanding of our Humankind and what systems we build and with what intensions. It is admirable if a book is Simple, Mind bending, Honest, contains Raw knowledge and Heart in moments when it turns too dark. This book is respected by all brilliant specialist and has highest level of authentic science. In it He discusses Fallacy of happiness - The Urge of discriminating emotions into positive ones and only chasing those one. Happiness, well-being - Objective conditions and subjective expectations. All this described in a language that makes this book connect major parts of the world. Even if 10% of above is true for an individual, it is a pleasant gift in our world.