The wildly entertaining new novel from the bestselling author of Water for Elephants.
Isabel Duncan, a scientist at the Great Ape Language Lab, doesn't understand people, but apes she gets—especially the bonobos Sam, Bonzi, Lola, Mbongo, Jelani, and Makena, who are capable of reason and communication through American Sign Language. Isabel feels more comfortable in their wo
I had bought this book when it first came out in the Chicago airport. Given it was the 2nd book after Water For Elephant....I remember--
liking it --- but not 'wild' about the overall book. It does pull on your heart strings as you get towards the end.
Plus... my admiration for the authors research and love for these animals is what I do love.
I continue to be appalled and disap ...more
Sara Gruen obviously is a champion for the humane treatment of animals and it shines through in her fiction. It seems like she'd be a witty and kind and smart person, someone I'd really love to hang out with.
This book, though, was not a great read. And, I hate to say that.
In one of the previous reviews on this page, someone said that maybe she should have written a memoir about her experiences with the apes instead of trying to make a fiction story out of ...more
Do you know how fucking boring a book has to be for me to put it down past the halfway point? The past fifty pages have been nothing but he went here and did this and people explaining why the show is failing. All my fucks are bottle up and nary a drop to drink.
Everything interesting in this book is described better in the synopsis than ...more
The rest of what I have to say is an extremely angry, spoilerific rant, which I pray you read if you think this was a book that was worth your time.
(view spoiler)[For one, I was immediately angered by this a ...more
The "ape house" has many meanings. On the surface, it's a community of bonobos living in a university research facility. The bonobos are highly intelligent and, in the end, far more human than many of the humans in the book. I ...more
I've read all three of Gruen's previous books, and enjoyed them all, though Water for Elephants was by far the most accomplished of the three. When I first heard the premise of this book, I was a little skeptical. It sounded forced. It's not. Everything about the Bonobos seems real and possible. In all of ...more
It wasn't particularly well-written, well-character-developed, etc., etc. I completely agree w/Bridget's review that some of the plot twists were fairly ridic - and convenient (guy comes into the place where the neighbor works? other guy ...more
Gruen is an expert at creating human-like animal characters; this time around, it is a tribe of Bonobos which would make any reader want to dive into ape linguistic studies. Unfortunately, however, the Bonobos are the mo ...more
Not right. And now that I've read a few reviews from others, it seems I'm not the only one who was more than a little disappointed.
I'm sure that Gruen was trying to keep the plot line moving with all her twists and turns, but it all ended up feeling trite and some of the 'coincidences' that she used to connect characters (like a contrived paternity pl ...more
On the positive, it started with a great idea. What if Bonobos who could speak ASL fell into the hands of the wrong people, specifically a sleazy porn/reality TV producer? The story brings up many valid moral questions and puts forth some interesting ide ...more
I loved WATER FOR ELEPHANTS and unfortunately can not say the same thing for this book. Although is was an entertaining read and obviously well researched, it did not have the character an ...more
This book was quite an experience, and on one hand, if you care about animals, you should definitely read it, but on the other hand – if you're sensitive and you love animals, maybe you shouldn't. Cause you don't know what's been done to them, and I'm not talking about those we, er, eat. Animals are being used for chemical testing, disease research – and in the cruelest ways possible, and you are not aware of that. You should be, and this book exposes it well. Another thing it doe ...more
The criminal plots were not something I was expecting when I started this book but she has proven that she can handle ...more
The sto ...more
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