‘Sapiens’, A brief history of humankind is a phenomenal book by Dr. Yuval Noah Harari.
I have never been much into non-fiction genre so I was dubious about whether I’d be able to finish this cult book(also a fat one) in near future. But then I read a few pages and kept on going unstoppably. It’s an explosion of information from prehistoric era, Cognitive revolution to the Agricultural revolution to the Scientific revolution, uptill now. It is the story of Homo Sapiens, the only surviving human species, skillfully narrated to blow your mind chapter by chapter. It covers almost every important topic from time to time immemorial and explain it to you in myriad ways.
From an animal of no importance to a hunter-gatherer to a modern day elite man on the verge of becoming god, humans have fought many battles and came out victorious to achieve supremacy over other species and even the mother nature itself. Nevertheless, we are unable to achieve contentment. We have harnessed so much power but we still have no clue, where to use it, how to use it and on what greater purpose. We are still in an absolute perplexity what we really ‘want to want’.
I always believed, that we live in the best of times and also in the worst of times and this book confirms that. Harari dexterously delivers what he promises in the blurb with his lucid writing and manages to provoke you to look at your unfulfilling life, your not so comfortable surroundings and the ever changing nature with an all new spectacle. Sometimes, Knowing where we come from makes us humble and we begin to appreciate our life we live in the present time.
The cover in all its simplicity grabs your attention even in the stack of hundreds of books.