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Kartun Riwayat Peradaban Jilid I (Cartoon History of the Universe book I; vol. 1-7)

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Indonesian version of The Cartoon History of the Universe.

Translator: Frans Kowa
Editor: Utti Setiawati, Andya Primanda

Sebelum Sang Waktu mulai berdetak, Semesta termampatkan dalam sebutir partikel yang panas. Dalam buku ini Larry Gonick memampatkan kira-kira tahun perjalanan Sang Waktu ke dalam Seri Kartun Riwayat Peradaban dengan kemahiran memadukan unsur p
Paperback, 361 pages
Published 2006 by Kepustakaan Populer Gramedia (first published 1980)
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Hippo dari Hongkong
Jul 15, 2008 Hippo dari Hongkong rated it really liked it
Shelves: komik
jalan ceritanya kayaknya dah lupa deh *garuk garuk*
tapi yang inget buku ini bikin gw cekikikan

malah ingetnya kejadian beli bukunya di BBC palasari. gak niat beli, gw niat beli buku lain. pas iseng2 ngeliat, buku ini ada yang sampulnya dah dibuka. iseng baca, eh.. malah asik sendiri cekikikan. cuman repotnya toko bukunya sempit dan lorong2nya cuman muat buat satu orang. alhasil tiap 3-5 menit gw musti nempelin bodi ke tembok sambil nahan napas (ada orang lewat!) blom lagi pelayan tokonya yang kad
Aug 02, 2007 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my all time favorite books.

A classmate once asked a teacher how I know so many things (this was in reference to prehistory, greek history, early hominids, early civilizations, egypt). The answer came back "because she reads a lot." The picture that came into my head was this book, and I started to smile. Not exactly the kind of reading I think she meant.
Oct 17, 2009 Abrahamus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
This is a really fun—and actually quite comprehensive—historical overview. It's very handy as sort of a quick-reference guide and/or as a supplemental companion to the reading of primary source history texts. (I found it to be fabulously helpful along these lines with respect to Herodotus.)

A couple of disclaimers, primarily applicable to younger readers:

First off, the subject of sex is treated with direct frankness throughout. (This shouldn't be a problem, really. Gonick's emphasis on sex is ro
Sep 05, 2007 Gphatty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great epic view of history, with lots of synthesis between events/movements occurring concurrent in different parts of the world. This volume covered many time periods I already knew a great deal about -- Greek & Roman empires; the Biblical era -- but there were still many nuggets of history that were completely new to me. The history of Mesopotamia, for example, when contrasted with what the Bible said had occurred, was fascinating. The strangeness of Egyptian history. The many humorous foo ...more
A fascinating journey from the big bang, to the dinosaurs and evolution, to the beginnings of man and civilization; culminating in discussions of Greece.

This makes for a nice introduction to some of the subjects, and a nice reminder of others (depending on how much you already know, of course). I was thinking, "this would have been nice to read when I was 12" many times throughout the book because it covers a lot of the material I drudged through in public school middle school (age 12-15).

Dec 13, 2014 Aneesh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Context: I recently learnt that Scott recommended this book (, just after having decided to read more books and semi-randomly browse the internet less (the latter was my wont for the last few years).

What I think of the book:
1) The writing style is conversational yet rigorous - very readable.
2) The illustrations are quite evocative, yet still funny.
3) It is synoptic in its scope - as Scott said, it introduces *many* people and places not usually covered, a
Nov 08, 2007 Jocelyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is such an *awesome* book. From the time I was about 7 to, oh, a few months ago, I have picked up this book and disappeared for an hour or so at a time just reliving this very wrily funny (re: British) "comic" on human history, from the Big Bang up to Alexander's conquest. It helped make me a well-rounded little 7-year-old, but more than that, I'm effing positive it shaped my sense of humor. Every child in the world should be given this on their 7th birthday so they can keep revisiting it t ...more
I don't know what it says about me that this book counts as one of my major comfort books. My wife reads Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books, I re-read the Cartoon History. I guess it's just been a stressful few weeks for me.

My one off-note of this book is a change in the style of the art for the last chapter (covering the Golden Age of Athens up to Alexander the Great). Gonick was going for a more Crumb, less cartoony style, but I like the earlier style better.

No more information, just go fi
gw beli n baca komik ini rekomendasi nafi (eh..helo)

gw suka sejarah, gw suka gambar, gw suka humor, baca buku ini serasa di surga, bahagiaa banget hahaha.. tiap halaman bisa sampe guling2an ketawanya

content sejarahnya kaya & simpel
riset si ahli math Gonick super bgt (coba liat bagian pustakanya, yg kocak juga =D)
tetap ada beberapa fakta sejarah yang harus kita compare lagi sih.

kadang komik ini jadi referensi tercepat gw kalo mo ngecek kronologis dari suatu kejadian sejarah, hahaha

kalau ba
Overly obsessed with sex, focused on minutae, and at times offensive to my Christian viewpoint (I often felt that Gonick was accusing ANYINE with religious convictions of being dim-witted and gullible). I'm glad I read it, and there are a few parts if the Greek history that I'd like to use in teaching, but overall, I'm thoroughly unimpressed. Despite the fact that the next book contains through the fall of Rome (my favorite period to teach in World History), I'll not be picking up Gonick's next ...more
Jan 20, 2008 nila rated it really liked it
Refreshing, belajar sejarah jadi gak perlu serius banget.
Di buku I ini, Larry Gornick mencampur adukkan teori2 ilmu pengetahuan, sejarah, dan sedikit mitology2 dalam bentuk komik yang lucu.
Walaupun mungkin ada beberapa hal yang masih jadi perdebatan oleh para ahli di bidang ilmu pengetahuan, sejarah & kebudayaan.
Gary Butler
May 24, 2015 Gary Butler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
7th book read in 2016.

Number 146 out of 500 on my all time book list.

Review Pending:
Absolutely fabulous.
Oct 05, 2012 Forrest rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(The following is taken from a review of the first three books in Gonick's Cartoon History. The entire review can be found at

If I were being honest, I wouldn’t be able to include the first omnibus edition of Larry Gonick’s Cartoon History in this Cannonball, as I’ve read it enough to have dog ended every other page. If I were being really honest, I’d have to admit that the book was the only reason I passed my Western Civ classes in high school and college. But upon readi
Yulianto Qin
Jun 03, 2010 Yulianto Qin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sejarah, graphic
Selasa yang lalu (4 tahun yg lalu) akhirnya sedikit bisa bernafas setelah hampir seminggu pas liburan Lebaran di habiskan dengan lembur kerjaan dan tiap pagi bangun dengan perasaan seperti habis di tabrak sapi, karena cuma bisa tidur 2-3 jam. Akhirnya nafsu untuk membaca buku timbul lagi, tapi otak tidak mau diajak membaca yang berat-berat (buku tentang besi dan baja misalnya…..halah jayus banget hehehe). Akhirnya setelah browsing selama hampir 3 jam di toko buku Diskon “Toga Mas”…dapatlah eng i ...more
The Cartoon History of the Universe is a whirlwind pictorial tour of thousands of years of history that is as hilarious as it is comprehensive. Hilarious: Helen of Troy is drawn with a duck face, as a nod to her origin as the by product of Leda and the Swan. Comprehensive: Gonick doesn't act like Western history starts with the Greeks. He traces the emergent civilizations and empires of the Sumerians, Egyptians, Persians, and many others.

While it is rather disheartening to look at just how many
Lisa Feld
Sep 18, 2014 Lisa Feld rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nyc
The Cartoon History of the Universe is like the survey course you wish you'd taken in college, but much funnier. The pictures are engaging, but it's clear Gonick has done his homework: Despite the fact that Volume 1 was published in 1990, 25 years ago, the things he says about the Big Bang and the evolution of life on Earth track with more recent overviews like Neil deGrasse Tyson's Cosmos. I also really appreciated his appendix at the end, with a list of books for further reading on each era, w ...more
Diah Ayu
Dec 25, 2013 Diah Ayu rated it really liked it
baru sadar kalo buku ini sudah masuk daftar "currently reading" sejak... Desember 2013. yaelah. iyaa sih judulnya kartun, formatnya komik, tapi kalo yang dibahas mulai dr big bang, dinosaurus, homo sapien, kebudayaan2 tertua Tigris/Eufrat/Mesopotamia/Mesir, lalu tiba-tiba sejarah Israel, trus lanjut ke Yunani Persia dan berakhir di Alexander The Great... fiuuh. capek juga ya bok *lap keringet*

buku ini lucuuuu. tadinya bingung mau dimasukin ke kategori fiksi atau nonfiksi tapi akhirnya fiksi aja
Mohammad Khan
Feb 12, 2017 Mohammad Khan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
6/5. absolutely amazing
Apr 23, 2009 cindy rated it really liked it
Pada awalnya saya mengharapkan bacaan yang ringan, menenangkan dan menyenangkan, sehingga memilih untuk membaca komik ini. Yang saya dapatkan adalah bacaan padat berisi, runtut dan komprehensif, meski masih tetap menyenangkan, dari 350 juta tahun sejarah bumi dan sejarah dunia.

Berbeda dengan pelajaran IPA di sekolah yang hanya menyinggung sedikit tentang teori ilmiah terbentuknya bumi, bab 1 buku ini mengulas lumayan dalam dengan sajian grafis yang cukup jelas untuk menggambarkan makhluk-makhlu
P.J. Sullivan
Books of historical humor are of two types: those that are more funny than factual and those that are more factual than funny. This one is the latter type. You will find no laugh-out-loud hilarity here. No doubt it is clever, entertaining, and mildly amusing, but you won't split your sides laughing. It is solidly fact-based, however, and you can really learn from it. You could even use it as a textbook. Bibliography included. The art work is outstanding!

Book 1 covers a lot of ground, from the Bi
I read this when I was in middle school/freshman in high school. I remember being in stitches at the time (though not as much with the next volume). Nonetheless the first two volumes are enormously fun reading anyway and I couldn't resist buying these when I found them used and in good condition. I enjoyed it upon rereading it. Now I'm trying to talk my daughter (6th grader, mature for her age) into trying these out for herself.

I find nothing in this volume objectionable for sufficiently mature
Oct 30, 2010 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think it was pretty obvious I would like this book. I love comics and I seem to be on a graphic novel streak, and I'm always trying to brush up on my history (since I have a certain resident historian to keep up with). This was a great primer/refresher/huh-I-didn't-know-that-er topped off with Gonick's excellent illustrations. I had to make myself slow down in order to catch the little jokes and details he put into each panel.

The first third helped to clarify some of what I learned about in Bi
Jul 28, 2008 erry rated it liked it
big bang...duar!!! sup, roti lapis, hingga cacing.
benarkah kehidupan berasal dari zat zat yang tidak hidup?? teori abiogenesis?? evolusi?? seleksi alam??

kalau benar ada evolusi. dan kalau benar manusia berasal dari kera. kenapa kera2 tdk berubah jadi manusia?? kenapa hingga detik ini blm pernah ditemukan adanya hewan peralihan?? burung tetap jadi burung, ikan tetaplah ikan, dan monyet tetap jadi monyet.

kalau teori evolusi benar adanya. bagaimana dgn adam dan hawa?? apakah mereka adalah homo sap
Jul 01, 2009 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
Larry Gonick pastilah seorang ilustrator berbakat sekaligus maniak kutu buku! Bukunya yang seri "Kartun Riwayat Peradaban" ini benar-benar fantastis, kita diajak melihat dari awal kelahiran alam semesta, teori terciptanya kehidupan pertama, evolusi ikan menjadi amfibi, reptil, dinosaurus, dan menjadi mamalia. Lambat-laun daratan semakin dipenuhi beranekaragam kehidupan, hingga tiba-tiba terciptalah primata cerdas-setengah monyet, setengah manusia!

Perkembangan terus berjalan, dan akhirnya Homo sa
Anita Williamson
Obviously there are not many cartoon history books so it was fun to read. A few beefs. First Larry Gonick doesn't hid the fact that he is not a believer in God. I though historians were supposed to be unbiased but that doesn't go for cartoon historians. This volume goes over the hebrews and the bible and Larry portrays most of the biblical leaders as bigger morons than normal. He also describes the Bible as a book of myth. I am not saying that he has to be believe everything written in the bible ...more
Jul 25, 2012 J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is both highly informative and terribly hilarious. It's chock-full of gags, ranging from very clever to the worst sort of puns. So: totally hilarious. In particular, his treatment of sex and odd take on some biblical stories are totally hilarious.

I have few complaints. The cartooning in the 7th volume is not as good as the rest, although I have no idea why. Also: because of the format, there are some strange historical facts that I'm left curious about. For instance, Gonick says that t
A very funny approach to the universe and evolution of the Earth! If you're even remotely interested in history, you're like to get sucked in and have a chuckle.

My father got me this book when I was fourteen and starting to show what would become a great love of history. I read it while I was ill and in bed, and I just gave it another read. Gonick provides a fun read, with a wee bit of a focus on Bible stories in some parts.

I'd recommend it for mature tweens and young teens. There's a little bi
Nov 06, 2011 Judith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Cartoon History of the Universe, I: Vol.1-7, From the Big Bang to Alexander the Great by Larry Gonick is such fun! I had forgotten all about him, then discovered this book in one of my kids' rooms. Back when they were in school, I discovered Larry Gonick cartoon histories and bought some for my daughters because they looked like a pleasant way to get all that history that is taught in bits and pieces all through middle school and high school in order, with a better sense time – like decades ...more
Jan 21, 2008 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who's even slightly interested in the world around them
Great bathroom book.

Covers everything you'd want to know about the history it covers, with quirky (awesome!) humor and cute drawings. (The art doesn't necessarily add much to what one learns, but it certainly adds to how well one learns it, I think. Helps it stick in the mind. And he has a talent for the personalities.) I gather it's even pretty good even if you already know the material, just for the laughs, but if your knowledge of World History According to The West is spotty, as mine is, it
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