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“Not my cup of tea. The cover looked interesting. The concept sounded interesting. The book did not deliver. Between the thinly veiled insults towards God (especially the Catholic Church) and poor editing of dates and grammar; this book left me wondering, "WTF was HarperCollins thinking?"”see full review » see other reviews »
“Funny and clever.”Liz K. wrote this review 2 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Simply hilarious.”Tommylittlemessi10isthebestsoccerplayerever! wrote this review 3 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very funny but also a bit offensive to Christians mostly (i'm not Christian).”Trollpenguin wrote this review Thursday, January 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Not my cup of tea. The cover looked interesting. The concept sounded interesting. The book did not deliver. Between the thinly veiled insults towards God (especially the Catholic Church) and poor editing of dates and grammar; this book left me wondering, "WTF was HarperCollins thinking?"”Ms B wrote this review Saturday, January 26, 2013. ( reply | view 1 replies | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Holy hilarious literary parody! Such a fun question to tackle: What if facebook existed from the beginning of time? What would be the major events you just HAD to RSVP to? How would status updates of famous historical figures reflect major events in history? ”Desiree M wrote this review Wednesday, December 19, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I was born in the 70s and I'm not an American so some of the events made no sense to me. Aside from that it was pretty funny. But I didn't like the way it ended.”Paula H wrote this review Wednesday, December 5, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Really Funny if you use or have used FB at all.
Not sure how it'd play for the FB virgin though.
It's easy to read it in a go because seriously, how long do you sometimes get sucked into reading your feed?
Also a fun test of your knowledge of history & pop culture. Wylie blends the latter with the former which only adds to the hilarity. I was pleased that the number of references I didn't get were less than the fingers I have. Personally I would have loved to see a lot more especially in the pre-1900 history. But I think Wylie did a good job keeping the book at a good length to prevent overkill. Maybe he could expand via volumes 2 & 3.... Etc. Much like the encyclopedias of old. Remember those?
Also, the profile pictures selected are often hysterical in their own right (see: Sexism & Mutually Assured Destruction)
“Review first published on my blog: http://memoriesfrombooks.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-history-of-world-according-to.html
The History of the World According to Facebook requires both an understanding of history and an irreverent sense of humor. As the title suggests, the book presents history from the beginning of time to present day (or present day a couple of years ago) in status updates and comments. What a record of history might have been if Facebook had always existed, and if everyone and everything posted on Facebook.
As a reader, you have to have some knowledge of history. The status updates and comments are funny if you understand what they refer to. For example:
The update is "The Sun is now friends with Earth and 7 other planets." Pluto's comment, "Not cool."
The update is "Helen of Troy changed her current city to Troy." Menelaus's comment, "Did your acct. get hacked babe?"
The update is "Princess Peach is at Another Castle with King Koopa." Mario's response, "You've got to be kidding me."
I found myself looking up references when I did not quite get something, and then going, "Now I get it!"
As a reader, you also have to have a sense of humor and the ability to not be easily offended. The books tackles history - political, religious, ethnic, economic, and cultural. Many of the issues are very serious, but are presented in a humorous, irreverent fashion. If that is likely to offend your sensibilities, this is not the book for you.
I found the book amusing, and easy to pick up and put down. And as someone who has books in every room of the house, this one did find a home somewhere where the writer suggested.”
“'Tis funny, and good for what it is. I don't know if 'tis worth buying or not.”T. Patrick Snyder wrote this review Sunday, June 17, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No