The narrator, a somewhat thoughtful and sensitive middle-aged man who occasionally has fits of desiring to save the world, answers a classified ad that seeks students. The teacher/guru turns out to be Ishmael, a highly-educated and telepathic gorilla, who teaches the narrator about where the human race went wrong and what needs to be done to save the world. There's very little plot; almost nothing "happens" in the story beyond a Socratic dialogue between two parties -- sort of a "My Dinner With Andre" that stars a great ape and a human. The author offers interesting new readings of the Fall of Man and Cain's murder of Abel, but this is more of an ecological and philosophical book than a religious one. But easily readable too, not at all ploddingly dense.
This report prepared by David Loftus
Conversations with a telepathic ape about philosophy. Really.
This report prepared by dave dellatore