Published to coincide with the release of the sequel, "My Ishmael", and the Hollywood movie based on the great ape's story, this "New York Times" bestseller presents a series of philosophical conversations between a man and a great ape. A wise and moving novel, "Ishmael" ultimately asks, "Does the Earth belong to man or does man belong to the ...
Published to coincide with the release of the sequel, "My Ishmael", and the Hollywood movie based on the great ape's story, this "New York Times" bestseller presents a series of philosophical conversations between a man and a great ape. A wise and moving novel, "Ishmael" ultimately asks, "Does the Earth belong to man or does man belong to the Earth?"
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"With man gone, will there be hope for gorilla?"
"With gorilla gone, will there be hope for man?"
Read this and follow up with "The story of B" and "My Ishmael".
A perspective that we all see, but tend to ignore because it is easier to follow the current.
Ukumbwa - Indigeny & Energetics
May 7, 2009
Important book....must read...
....just know that the book develops slowly and comes to a much more essential development later in the book. But as a template for understanding the ultimate human mistake of modernism, this book is irreplaceable as a fictionalized trip in the reality of our current social/environmental/spiritual dilemma. Quinn takes us on an odd ride with a homo sapien and a lower (?) primate that ultimately teaches him and then us one of the most difficult lessons that we will have to face - that this wonderful, material, self-satisfactory, techno-industrial path we've embarked on....well....is the wrong path. Anyone who's checked their arrogancio del postmodernismo at the door will get the message. If you're all-too-comfortable in this world of social decay and environmental destruction, just head for Stephen King or Deepak Chopra.
Don't make this your only transformational read, but let it sing as a quiet and functional anthem.
Oct 16, 2008
Ishmael- A book so simple yet so profound. If you are concerned with our world today and think we need to re-evalute and re-direct ourselves, read Ishmael. I have bought several copies to give to friends and I think this should be " A Must-Read" in school, so that our future generation has a chance to make an informed choice of life-style....not blindly follow our current "Culture Trends" without knowing the consequences. 5 Stars to Ishmael
Avid Reader Nirak
Feb 1, 2008
If you want to change the world-start here!
The message in this book is so simple to grasp, but like the narrator, how do we get others to heed it. The way we view the world has got to change if we are going to accomplish a significant change in solving its problems. As Einstein said: "Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them." After I read the book, I read it to my wife, and we are telling everyone to read it.
Jan 31, 2008
The first book in Quinn's master trilogy. It felt like a wake-up call with a slap on the side. This novella should be required reading for every citizen of this planet. He works wonders with the trilogy as a body, approaching from three different angles and highlighting details from above, below, inside, and out.
Publishers Weekly, 1991-11-15 Quinn ( Dreamer ) won the Turner Tomorrow Award's half-million-dollar first prize for this fascinating and odd book--not a novel by any conventional definition--which was written 13 years ago but could not find a publisher. 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. Through Ishmael, Quinn offers a wide-ranging if highly general examination of the history of our civilization, illuminating the assumptions and philosophies at the heart of many global problems. Despite some gross oversimplifications, Quinn's ideas are fairly convincing; it's hard not to agree that unrestrained population growth and an obsession with conquest and control of the environment are among the key issues of our times. Quinn also traces these problems back to the agricultural revolution and offers a provocative rereading of the biblical stories of Genesis. Though hardly any plot to speak of lies behind this long dialogue, Quinn's smooth style and his intriguing proposals should hold the attention of readers interested in the daunting dilemmas that beset our planet. 50,000 first printing; major ad/promo. (Jan.)
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