After the extraordinary success of Water for Elephants, with 3 million copies shipped, Sara Gruen returns with another immensely charming, endlessly surprising, and engaging novel in which a family of apes teaches us what it means to be human.Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants has become one of the... show more
After the extraordinary success of Water for Elephants, with 3 million copies shipped, Sara Gruen returns with another immensely charming, endlessly surprising, and engaging novel in which a family of apes teaches us what it means to be human.Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants has become one of the most beloved and bestselling novels of our time. Now Gruen has moved from a circus elephant to family of bonobo apes. When the apes are kidnapped from a language laboratory, their mysterious appearance on a reality TV show calls into question our assumptions about these animals who share 99.4% of our DNA.A devoted animal lover, Gruen has had a life-long fascination with human-ape discourse, and a particular interest in Bonobo apes, who share 99.4% of our DNA. She has studied linguistics and a system of lexigrams in order to communicate with apes, and is one of the few visitors who has been allowed access to the Great Ape Trust in Des...
Publish date: September 7th 2010
Publisher: Random House Large Print
Pages no: 355
Edition language: English
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, Adult Fiction
, Literary Fiction
DNF @ 203 pages out of 306. I'm only rating it because I made it over halfway. The ending could blow my mind, and I still couldn't forgive its bloated-ass middle.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 h...
Sam, Bonzi, Lola, Mbongo, Jelani, and Makena are no ordinary apes. These bonobos, like others of their species, are capable of reason and carrying on deep relationships - but unlike most bonobos, they also know American Sign Language.Isabel Duncan, a scientist at the Great Ape Language Lab, doesn't ...
Water for Elephants is a great book and so I was really looking forward to reading this new novel by Sara Gruen. However, I was much disappointed. Everything about it seems ill-constructed and the only thing I cared about in the book were the apes.
The premise of the book was interesting, but that was the only good thing about it. The story went back and forth between two story lines. One involved Isabel, the researcher who works with the bonobos and who was badly injured in the bombing attack on the lab. The other involved John, a reporter, a...
I only gave 2 stars to Evolution of Bruno Littlemore, which had lots of issues, but dealt with the whole moral/great apes/human dilemma much better overall than this book. Hence, the 1 star rating.I kept trying to picture to myself who would enjoy this book and I think it is the same people who rea...
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