Book Review of Sapiens - A Graphic History: The Birth of Humankind

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By Ahan J Joice, Class 6 B, Goldcrest High, Vashi, Navi Mumbai

"Sapiens - A Graphic History: The Birth of Humankind" is a historic graphic novel written by Yuval Noah Harari and illustrated by David Vandermeulen and Daniel Casanave.

This is the first volume of the graphical illustration series of the book, "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind”, authored by Yuval. This book narrates the story of how an insignificant ape became the ruler of the planet Earth and focuses on the "Cognitive Revolution” spanning till 10,000 B.C, where we Homo Sapiens (humans) primarily lived as hunter-gatherers in the Savannah. At around 200 thousand years ago, humans evolved in East Africa and spread across the world eliminating five other (known) Homo species like Neanderthals, Erectus who existed even before our presence. On the way, we humans led to the extinction of many other species, especially large-sized mammals like Marsupial Lions, Mammoths and so on.

This book explains what traits, abilities and skills helped the Sapiens to emerge as the most significant species and the ruler of the planet Earth. The graphical illustrations and the story telling language followed in this book simplifies the complex dynamics of the evolution of the human history, otherwise difficult to comprehend for somebody of my age. This book is a literary delight and a visual treat for anybody of age 10 and above who would like to know how our ancestors evolved and spend their lives in the wilderness. I would like to give a rating of five out of five for this splendid, illustrious and interesting book.

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