Ishmael

Ishmael

Book - 1992
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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 gorilla replies. Ishmael is a creature of immense wisdom and he has a story to tell, one that no other human being has ever heard. It is a story that extends backward and forward over the lifespan of the earth from the birth of time to a future there is still time save. Like all great teachers, Ishmael refuses to make the lesson easy; he demands the final illumination to come from within ourselves. Is it man's destiny to rule the world? Or is it a higher destiny possible for him-- one more wonderful than he has ever imagined?
Publisher: New York : Bantam/Turner Book, 1992
ISBN: 9780553078756
0553078755
9780553375404
0553375407
Branch Call Number: FICTION Qui
Characteristics: 266 pages ; 22 cm

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pridi_o
May 29, 2017

Blew me away. (Yes, it is clunky style-wise, but who gives a damn about the style when ideas are great?)

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GHsMama
Aug 29, 2016

Blew my mind. I will definitely share this book with my children when they are old enough.

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lukasevansherman
Jul 27, 2016

I'd suggest reading with a shovel and a gas mask because this book is so full of excrement. On the plus side, super intelligent, philosophical gorilla!

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iamabibliophile
Jun 20, 2016

Excellent book.

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steeltiger9
Jul 05, 2015

This book has caused me to look at environmental issues in a way I haven't ever examined them before. I liked this book so much in fact that I've read it multiple times. I love how the book successfully attempts to put you into the narrators place, further making you feel like you're a student learning.

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Blaine_the_mono
May 25, 2015

Fantastic read, changed my view on a number of things in the world. It's not long, and regardless if you agree or disagree with the ideas, it will make you think!

Chapel_Hill_KenMc Dec 22, 2014

I wish everyone could read this book. Though its impact is probably somewhat less than a reading in 1992 would provide, it still crystallizes a powerful critique of modern society and the quest for domination, power, and conquest that characterizes so many human endeavors. Quinn's ecological message is probably more easily accepted than it was twenty years ago, but is still just as radical. Using an analogy in the novel, we're still plunging off a cliff, but we still are apparently too unconcerned with the inevitable outcome.

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ehallvan
May 13, 2014

This book contains a very profound examination of modern civilization contained in an dialectic narrative. The challenge that modern technological society is not necessarily the best and inevitable and only way to live gives much to think about.

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nillin
Feb 27, 2013

Excellent book. Important perspective. The synopsis provided above is for the book My Ishmael. This original book (Ishmael) is about a different pupil, a middle-aged man.

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bannierj
Aug 22, 2012

Though slow to start, there are a few twists in turns throughout the book which are more than enough to keep the average fiction reader interested. Offering more questions than answers in its philosophy, Ishmael is one worth reading again and again for readers aged thirteen and up.

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Feb 07, 2013

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bannierj
Aug 22, 2012

bannierj thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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