Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Long Journey: Fire and Ice by Johannes V. Jensen

How Humanity Came About

Rating 5 out of 10

In this book Johannes V. Jensen embarks on a quite interesting quest: To describe the birth of humanity. The book starts in primeval times, with prehistoric creatures and hairy beings, which are later to evolve into more humanlike beings. Jensens tale is sometimes mythical in its nature. The initial scene is a primeval forest with vulcanos, later comes the ice age forcing human ingenuity. His tale is somewhat Scandinavia centric, and one senses that he sees the Scandinavians as the most impressive people. The blonde, blue eyed, white man's, superiority.

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