THE GLOB by John O'Reilly


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A newspaperman and a cartoonist (Walt Kelly) have combined to produce this fantastic distortion of the story of evolution. Possibly the basic element of man coming into being, and acquiring successive attributes over the centures will carry across the utter nonsense of the humorous telling. For the Glob was a first being to emerge from the sea. Eventually he grew toes- and feet- then arms and hands; he learned to make a shelter; he knew what fear meant; he acquired a pet; he used a club in defense; he used a leopard skin for warmth; he discovered fire, and finally he met up with a tribe of less advanced creatures, and taught them all he knew- And Man had arrived on earth. A deliberate paralleling of some of the patterns of growing up, which may make evolution mean something. Definitely a book to read aloud-allowing for adult interpolation. Frankly, I found the whole thing distasteful and annoying. Each to his taste.

Pub Date: March 7th, 1952
Publisher: Viking