The Dechronization of Sam MagruderThe Dechronization of Sam Magruder by George Gaylord Simpson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

man sends himself back to prehistoric days, figures out how to inscribe text on stone as a record for future readers.

the first lines of the book (slightly edited) are:

What would you do, what could you do if you knew you were going to be utterly alone for the rest of your life?”

now that’s a premise worth exploring. but alas, the book spends more time on dinosaurs.

i guess one’s feeling for this book would really depend on what you wanted from it. i wanted what the first line promised–the psychological and emotional effect of extreme solitude, along with maybe a few dinosaurs along the way. i got the inverse.

so, it was an okay book. not as funny as it probably thinks it is. better dinos than it recognized.