Though not my favorite book, Waterfall Dance was a pleasant, easy read with some interesting concepts.
Being an animal lover and biology enthusiast, IThough not my favorite book, Waterfall Dance was a pleasant, easy read with some interesting concepts.
Being an animal lover and biology enthusiast, I particularly enjoyed the idea of "blurring the line between animal and human". As mentioned at one point in the book, we humans have always looked for something to set us apart from the other animals and science has been constantly pushing that line back. I found myself tearing up a couple of times considering the implications.
The other major part of the book is the story of the main character Will Thomas, an emotionally dysfunctional lawyer who goes through some painful revelations throughout. He ultimately comes, through his involvement with the animal rescue case and his interactions with the chimpanzees, to understand himself, his problems, and what it means to be human.
While there is a strong current throughout the book of sexuality (this being one source of Will Thomas' dysfunctionality), it wasn't entirely distaseful to me which, considering I find much of the sexuality employed in writing to be little more than a selling point, is an accomplishment. It's there, some people may not like it, but it fits in with the story.
My favorite thing about this book was that it showed that science isn't necessarily cold logic and calculation that leads to egregious immorality, but in fact can be quite an emotional process that takes our humanity and compassion to new heights. Although it wasn't quite what I had expected, this was an emotional, insightful, and satisfying read that I've already recommended to a couple of my friends....more
A very engrossing psychological mystery, this book had me guessing and second-guessing until the very end (which made me feel rather stupid, actually)A very engrossing psychological mystery, this book had me guessing and second-guessing until the very end (which made me feel rather stupid, actually). Although the characters may not be entirely accessible, perhaps it is the distance the reader is from the characters that keeps one ignorant and therefore interested. This was the first mystery I've read in ages (probably since I grew out of Nancy Drew, frankly), but now I'll have to reconsider my notions about the genre....more