Ishmael Book Summary and Study Guide

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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.
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The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus

Conversations with a telepathic ape about philosophy. Really.
The review of this Book prepared by dave dellatore

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   very sensitive (sigh) Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Animal story    -   Yes Kind of animal:    -   monkey Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   nature of existence (heavy philosophy) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student    -   small businessman Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   2 () United States    -   Yes City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   mostly dialog

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