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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit

We, as humans, have a global problem with overconsumption without anticipating our consequences. It seems like many are trying to inform others about our actions, but nobody really wants to solve the problems. This book and I met through my AP Environmental Science class (APES for short). It was required reading over the summer, and I had some reservations about it. However, it is a very intriguing book.  The book begins with the narrator looking at an ad in the newspaper it says, “TEACHER SEEKS PUPIL, Must have an earnest desire to save the world. Apply in person.” The narrator is sure it’s a scam, but he goes to the address anyway. He is surprised to see that the teacher is not human, but a gorilla who is sitting behind a glass pane. Ishmael (The gorilla) is able to communicate telepathically. He shares his experiences with the narrator, as well as how one might be able to  “save the world”. The book keeps you interested with a unique and philosophical perspective that Ishmael has to offer. Daniel Quinn presents a book with a different way of thinking, and shines light on why humans act the way we do.

“With Man Gone, Will There Be Hope For Gorilla?”



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