You may have heard of it, you may have already read it, but if you haven't I would hesitate to suggest that you might consider doing so. You might find out some interesting things about someone very close to you.
Sapiens is the story of human beings.
If you were hoping to discover how our lives were better, kinder and more meaningful in quieter less frantic times you might be disappointed. I know I was. Somehow I wished our hunter gather ancestors lived a life so close to the natural world they barely experienced feelings of separation or loneliness. All was simple and pure and in tune with the natural order. And so it might have been to a degree. We can only guess these things from the example of present day hunter gatherer societies, who are all too rapidly being swallowed up by our ravenous greed for more at their expense. When left to their own devices as seen in Bruce Parry's remarkable film 'Tawai' (not yet available to buy, but showing in cinemas all over the UK) human beings (sapiens) can indeed live in perfect harmony with their surroundings, cause no damage to the environment and live peaceful contented lives. But why don't we?
Sapiens goes some way to explain what has happened. The benefit of hindsight is a wonderful thing.
It turns out we don't have it so bad these days after all. Back in hunter gatherer time it was all about survival. Food had to be found and it was a constant worry dependent on the kindness or otherwise of the spirits of time and place. They never could settle and put their feet up. Although something in me tells me they did do that in the good times, for as in all things there will have been good times as well as bad.
Sapiens is well worth reading and passing on to other sapiens when you're done.
Someone will get to find out!