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Ishmael
Ishmael
Author: Daniel Quinn
The narrator of this extraordinary tale is a man?in search for truth. He answers an ad in a local?newspaper from a teacher looking for serious?pupils, only to find himself alone in an abandoned??office with a full-grown gorilla who is nibbling?delicately on a slender branch. "You are the??teacher?" he asks incredulously. "I am??the teacher," the...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780553561661
ISBN-10: 0553561669
Pages: 272
Edition: Reprint
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4.5 stars, based on 25 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Paperback
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Quinn won the Turner Tomorrow Award's half-million-dollar first prize for this fascinating and odd book- not a novel by any conventional definition...

The unnamed narrator is a disillusioned modern writer who answers a personal ad ("Teacher seeks pupil...Apply in person.") and thereby meets a wise, learned gorilla named Ishmael that can communicate telepathically. The bulk of the book consists entirely of philosophical dialogues between gorilla and man, on the model of Plato's Republic.
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This was one of those books that changed my entire perspective on life and living... a must read! I have a copy, but I'm NOT posting it! Sorry, folks! LOL!
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I came across this book when it was assigned in my Philosophy course. I have never been assigned reading where I actually thanked the instructor for the selection afterwards.

This book is truly a simple, yet stunning look at our place within the world. Although the deus ex machina in this quick read at first seems cooky - it allows Quinn to tenderly convey his vital message.

This is a book that once you read it, you'll want to buy copies for everyone you know. I loved it - and I think that anyone who contemplates the world around them will find themselves happy they found this book.


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