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“The plot is simple: Teacher seeks man. Man finds teacher. Teacher turns out to be a century-old gorilla (Ishmael), who can not only talk, but has deep and powerful insight into Man's destruction of the world and how change is possible.
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“Lost all possibility of relevance when the gorilla opened his mouth.”see full review » see other reviews »
“A must read for every person of the "Taker" society. I completely love this book. A different look at the bible and other cultures not trying to mold the world to their design.”Mandy Lipchinsky wrote this review 8 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“the most thought-provoking book i have read in a long time. i would put it up there with 100 years of solitude, the alchemist, a definite must read. and…possibly a yearly reread.”connie l wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great book. Interesting perspective on hunter/gathers in life. If you want a book that will make your think/consider, this is a good one.”Christopher Mengel wrote this review Friday, November 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Off the charts. One of the best philosophical apes I've ever read about. Made me think deep and challenge my perspectives. Just awesome.”Brian Gibbins wrote this review Sunday, October 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Essentially a philosophical discussion about man's way of life in relation to the earth and other creatures. But the philosophizing takes place between a man and his mentor, a learned gorilla who speaks English. A bit pedantic in parts and overly simplistic in others, but the novel raises important questions we're still struggling with as a society and presents a perspective not usually given much attention (try and imagine a sustainable way of living that earned you no money but society allowed you to pursue; or imagine what it might look like locally to make and consume only as much as was necessary for survival).”mmolino54 wrote this review Monday, September 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A life changing book on civilization and the way we as humankind should live according to the "law." Christians and Atheists alike will find this book humbling and affirming.”Kirby Franklin wrote this review Sunday, September 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I'm not sure that I believe everything put forward by Quinn (through Ishmael) but this was certainly an interesting story and I enjoyed thinking about our relationships to others on this planet and what might drive us as a people. Some ideas I flat out disagreed with, namely that most humans feel that we "own" this planet and are tasked with conquering the environment and other species. In other places it was thought provoking to see an idea I took for granted explained in a new light. Surprisingly easy to read - all ideas were presented in simplistic terms and you were led to each new thought in a very organized way. Worth the read.”meganlynnmc wrote this review Wednesday, September 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Really made me think about some uncomfortable facts of life.
Didn't like the ending.”
“I really liked this book! It's such an odd way to tell a story, and yet it does read well. In the end it's thought-provoking and has a sloid message.
I'd say its worth the read”