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This Simian World

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The author of Life With Father takes a thoughtful look at the ape-like aspects of humanity and offers witty speculations on a world dominated by other species. This 1920 work features humorous, provocative insights into the nature of the evolutionary pyramid. 10 of Day's Thurberesque black-and-white line illustrations enhance the text.
Paperback, 64 pages
Published July 10th 1997 by Dover Publications (first published 1920)
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Every page, nay, every word of this slender volume is a glittering gem of insight into the human condition. It asks, OK, people, let's be serious -- are we fallen angels or are we highly emroidered apes? The author takes the latter position and explains why in lighthearted, yet blistering, detail. I am so grateful I came across this! If you like Will Cuppy, you should read this one.
Nov 01, 2016 Moisès rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found a reference to this jewel in Lin Yutang's "the importance of living"
It is a short essay (about 40 pages) written a century ago, that one can find in the Gutenberg Project.
Yutang was absolutely right: reading that essay of Day's, we can forgive all «…» the busybodies who try to interfere with other people's lives «…» because we begin to understand them.
Al Sirois
Jun 15, 2014 Al Sirois rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes, it's THAT Clarence Day -- from his play (and the well-remembered -- by me, at least -- TV show from the 1950s), "Life with Father." In this little book Day considers how being evolved frm simians has made us what we are. He also indulges in a little bit of speculation about how we as humans might be different had we been evolved from elephants, say, or lions. A short, fun read. Day is unjustly forgotten now... I read this as a child and had remembered it for years. Finally got an electronic ...more
Logan Albright
Apr 03, 2014 Logan Albright rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Banal, meandering musings on animals, human nature and evolution. The author drifts from one topic to another without insight or direction. Why he felt the need to share what appears to be nothing more than a stream of consciousness with the world remains a mystery. Possibly the most pointless book I've ever read.
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Jul 02, 2012 Dave rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
Not that deep. Thin light read.
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The worst book I have ever read. If I could give 0 stars, I would.
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