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Ishmael

I'm not sure if this qualifies as an animal book, but the main character in it, Ishmael, is a gorilla. It's a work of fiction, but the philisophical meanings behind it are what makes it worth reading.

Ishmael
Author: Daniel Quinn
©: 1992
Started: 02/23/03
Finished: 03/02/03
Genre: animal rights advocacy
My Rating: 5/5 stars

This is a book to read if you have an open mind and want to see how to save the world.

Ishmael is a gorilla. A rather extraordinary one that is. Gifted with the ability to communicate via mental telepathy and an incredibly high intelligence, he has observed the world of man around him and seen the path of destruction caused by "Mother Culture". All he desires is a human student to teach his knowledge to.

Enter in a young man, who had desires in the past to change the way the path of mankind, but he's grown disillusioned since there's no plan to accomplish this. Answering Ishamel's ad in the newspaper for a pupil that desires to save the world, he sits and listens.

Ishmael shares his upbringing and his coming to awareness of the world around him. He then begins teaching. He encourages his pupil to listen, but also to think for himself, drawing conclusions and observations about the Leavers and the Takers, Ishmael's descriptions for the two ways of living in the world.

This is a powerful book. The knowledge of Ishmael is modernized teachings of Socrates. While there's no definite "plan" for saving the world, the information imparted by both will change the way you think and live. The story our culture is teaching us to follow is a destructive path, one which we've been following for ten thousand years. Only by recognizing this story and the fact that the world is here for us to survive, not for us to conquer, only then can our civilizations change the direction mankind is going.

WITH MAN GONE,
WILL THERE
BE HOPE
FOR GORILLA?

WITH GORILLA GONE,
WILL THERE
BE HOPE
FOR MAN?
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