The writing is both humorous and informative and the chapters are each short enough to be enjoyed during a lunch break (convenient for 40 daily dosesThe writing is both humorous and informative and the chapters are each short enough to be enjoyed during a lunch break (convenient for 40 daily doses of "Badassitude" to help you get through your day). The book is divided into Sections by rough historical era ("Antiquity", "The Middle Ages", "The Age of Gunpowder" and "The Modern Era") which are each comprised of biographical chapters.
Although most of the individuals portrayed are men, each Section does include females who (as a prerequisite for inclusion in this book) "wrecked ... their enemies in an exceedingly violent manner, and ultimately altered the course of history through their actions".
After reading this, I definitely want to pick up the other two books in the series Badass: Ultimate Deathmatch and Badass: The Birth of a Legend.
This morning I looked at my "someday" shelf of books and decided today was a good day to start one of them. Although it sounds cliché, once I picked uThis morning I looked at my "someday" shelf of books and decided today was a good day to start one of them. Although it sounds cliché, once I picked up this book and started reading, I couldn't put it down. There is an engaging storyline and I was drawn into the protagonist's journey. I wasn't familiar with this author and haven't read any of this other works but by the end of the book I was very satisfied with it as both a work of literature and as a graphic novel. In my opinion, some pieces don't work well as graphic novels but this book exceeded my expectations for graphic presentation of this subject material.
A quick word about my Goodreads shelf choices for this book - parts of it do have an autobiographical flavor and some parts of the main character's journey strike me as pure fiction. No disrespect to the author is intended, this was merely my impression of the book. For this reason I feel it is most accurately classified as "philosophy"....more
It's not a joke or a mistake that I have this book listed as both "fiction" and "non-fiction" (categories that should be mutually exclusive).
This bookIt's not a joke or a mistake that I have this book listed as both "fiction" and "non-fiction" (categories that should be mutually exclusive).
This book turns out to be a very readable philosophy text tucked into a cute piece of fiction. The storyline that is used to carry you through the history of philosophy is a clever device but I would only give the book 3 stars for the fiction alone.
The reason I gave it a 4th star is the non-fiction information that you will (almost accidentally) learn. This book was loaned to me by a good friend (who just happened to be a University philosophy instructor - yes, I returned the book) and I took so long getting through the book because I couldn't just read it as fiction. I was compelled to make notes as I read (not by my friend but by the shear wealth of good information I encountered) and I learned more about philosophy by reading this book than I ever did in a college philosophy course.
EDIT: My good friend moved to another state and so I had to return her copy of Sophie's World to her. Because of the way I "studied" the book, I didn't make it all the way through before I had to return it. *Finally* I found a copy at a used book store and so I will be finishing it up in 2010. I expect the book will continue to be a fun and informative reading experience....more