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The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore by Benjamin Hale
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Jun 14, 2012

it was ok

This book was verbose and under normal circumstances might be intolerable for 580 pages of verbiage. Under the circumstances though, this being of a particular point of view and that, had a chimp really developed this level of language --- perhaps they would talk like a supercilious professor of English, it was tolerable. It honestly didn't bother me very much. I never felt the need to run for a dictionary, you acclimate quickly and the style of language was very consistent.

Plot wise, I'm honestly not sure what to say about this book. I didn't dislike it but I wouldn't say I enjoyed it. I read it within a week, so It wasn't a dreary novel I had to slowly force my way through. That said, I wasn't expecting the sexual elements of this story or to read them so vividly described. At one point I actually moaned and flung the book across the room to get it away from me.

I was, for a time, disgusted. Not by Bruno but Lydia and the entire conception of her. I found every action, every thought, every painful sentence concerning their relationship post-intimacy repulsive. When her storyline came to fruition I was actually without sympathy. She passed out of the story and I didn't miss her.

I was at a loss throughout the novel to see Bruno interacting with certain people the way he did or rather being reacted to? The thought of a teenage girl beside him on a couch deciding she wants to kiss him for example. Hairless or no, a chimp is quite visibly a chimp.


I did find it a little bit annoying also, that at certain moments of excitement, Bruno would speak along the lines of 'but I won't go into detail' and certain scenes were omitted, while at least 200 pages of superfluous detail were left.

So I don't know about this book. It wasn't bad but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it. It would certainly be interesting to read an entirely different work by the same author.
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June 14, 2012 – Started Reading
June 14, 2012 – Shelved
June 20, 2012 – Finished Reading

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