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My Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
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Feb 06, 2010

it was amazing
Read in January, 2010

This book contains valuable insights and teaching points within a very entertaining story. This was my first read of Daniel Quinn so I make no comparison to his other work. Quinn uses the story and unlikely characters (a 12 year old girl and a gorilla) to addresses a very troubling question (human destruction of the natural environment). This technique may frustrate the linear rational mind that struggles with the notion of a girl communicating with a gorilla. The author poses some fascinating questions and concepts for readers to wrestle with and an approach to solving the big problem. He doesn't offer any formulaic solutions, quick fixes, scape goates etc. What may really trouble some readers is that he does not imply that the big issue will work itself out in a happy ending. A great book for the intellectually courageous.

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