Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The History of the World According to Facebook by Wylie Overstreet

Why I read it: Needed a laugh, history geek style.

Summary: A parody history of the world using the Facebook format.

My Thoughts: It's sad, so sad, that I can read this book and understand it.

But that is the world we live in today, the one that will be so parodied in the future. Most of today's written communication includes LOLs, OMGs, ROFLMAOs and more. Or, should I say, less.

That said, Overstreet did a fantastic job of summarizing world history - from the Big Bang to the death of bin Laden - in 150 pages of short, choppy slang-ridden FB entries. Think about that! Here's a typical entry:

"Norma Jean Mortenson changed her name to Marilyn Monroe.
Joe DiMaggio and 18 million men like this."

Boiling down historical events to just a few, perfectly descriptive words is not easy, and doing so in a way that makes one laugh with every page is even harder. But wait, like with the Ginsu knife, there's more...

The book was printed in full color, which adds an entirely different dimension to it, from the Facebook Blue to the icons chosen to represent the historical characters voicing their opinions throughout. The one that made me laugh out loud was the first time "England" appeared - in the persona of Rowan Atkinson's Mr. Bean.

Sure, it was a waste of valuable time in which I could have been learning Italian, writing my own books or drawing up plans for a cathedral, but what the hell. We all need to laugh once in a while.

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