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Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
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Jun 30, 2007

did not like it
bookshelves: least-favorite-of-all-time
Recommended for: people who don't know anything and are willing to be treated like idiots
Read in January, 1997

i could crap a better book than this. it's condescending and trying to be profound but very simplistic. if you've already been introduced to basic ideas about we're ruining the earth and need to get our act together, you'll learn nothing new here. and the whole wise teacher/pupil thing is so cliche. so what if he's a gorilla?
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message 1: by Noemi (new) - added it

Noemi The reason why he's a gorilla is for perspective's sake for the book. We can tell eah other we suck but there's something new and different when someone that is not of our human species (someone from an outer perspective) is explaining this to us.

Emily I understand why you may have this opinion, but it is meant to be accessible for people who aren't use to thinking about the effect of capitalism, agriculture society, and industrialization on society. I.e. Nice intro for freshman...

message 3: by Dana (new) - rated it 1 star

Dana West The Gorilla is a metaphor: we believe our "myth" because it is the story that has been told to us and the story that we tell, the Gorilla is just telling us another story. He is a great, frightening beast and you will heed his word...or else. Not very different from "well, this is what my parents told me, their parents told them". Why would we question a Gorilla when we don't question anything else. I truly dislike reading this book. I don't need a Gorilla to open my mind to the fact that things are not always what they seem.

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