Review: The Flintstones

The Flintstones
The Flintstones by Ray Dirgo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a very interesting look at the stone age family. If only the creationists could read this … they would change their minds in a heartbeat! It’s evolution in action!

I was surprised to see how historically accurate this document was, and amazed that the great Ray Dirgo could capture the nuances of caveman life. I had thought Korg 70,000 BC was more documentarian, but obviously I was wrong.

Over the course of this book, we see the characters evolve. Fred Flintstone’s life is spent working, eating, and bowling. We see the strife he goes through at work, in the eternal battle with his boss. We see the strife in his home life, as he always must contend with his wife Wilma wanting to go out to eat instead of cooking herself. And we see Fred’s only passion: Bowling.

I was fascinated to discover how much of prehistoric existence revolved around bowling … ten pins … or skittleball. I suppose we’ll never really know what they actually called it back then, but it looks like our “bowling.” And we see the game evolve; as the book begins, the game is played with round discs (as shown when Fred’s young daughter tosses one into his cranium), but as this chronicle closes, the game is being played with massive black rocks. At least, I think they are rocks – it could be something else that the ancient astronauts have given Fred and his people to help them up the evolutionary ladder.

All in all, a delightful and thought-provoking treatise on the world of Mankind’s distant past. I can only hope we too, as a society, can someday reach this level of sophistication before the next great catastrophe destroys our world, much as it did to Fred Flintstone’s land of rock and scrumptosaurus steaks.

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