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Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

Ishmael (1992)

by Daniel Quinn

Series: Ishmael (1)

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    My Ishmael by Daniel Quinn (teelgee)
    teelgee: Sequel, every bit as good.
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    Endgame, Vol. 1: The Problem of Civilization by Derrick Jensen (owen1218)
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    Civilized Man's Eight Deadly Sins by Konrad Lorenz (Lucy_Skywalker)
    Lucy_Skywalker: but without being didactic and irritating
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    The Celestine Prophecy: An Adventure by James Redfield (amyblue)
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    The Nature of Economies by Jane Jacobs (aneurysm1985)
    aneurysm1985: Both are about similar social-ecological issues. And both are the result of the authors (Quinn and Jacobs) enlightening readers about non-fiction topics through the use of fictional characters and Platonic dialogue. Both novels are written with the overarching purpose of educating their readers about unfamiliar topics.… (more)
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    We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler (KatyBee)
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    Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder (weeksj10)
    weeksj10: Their both lecture style novels which use fiction to present a variety of different thoughts and philosophies.
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    Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond (fyrefly98)
    fyrefly98: Another perspective on the spread of our culture and civilization.

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That's a preachy gorilla.

Bought this in a 2000 person town in California. Seemed like the thing to do. Recasts a lot of given things in society, but also directly conflicts with much of the more scientific knowledge one might have. A good book, yes, and one everybody should read, but lax in narrative structure. I'll stick to Dr. Zaius. ( )
  trilliams | May 30, 2015 |
Ishmael was a look into human cultural history and origin that I have never- and probably would have never- come across. There are numerous "ah-ha" moments that made me rethink my own views. Loved it for it's simple reading but important message(s). ( )
  ReverendMoon | Feb 5, 2015 |
As I read this book, I thought what a wonderful idea it would be for this to be required reading for teenagers and young adults. Then, I thought about it. This book was widely read in the late 1970s when it came out and the environmental issues that it denounced are still here. Things are not much better. Good book with a great message, never the less. Two thumbs up. ( )
  branjohb | Nov 1, 2014 |
I don't care how hoky anyone thinks this book is, it set my brain on fire when I first read it. One of the few books I will be able to always tell you just when and where I read it: in a single day on a rare day off at Camp Togowoods -- holed up by myself in the craft cabin. I was so in love I wrote a letter to the author, and when he wrote book I had it pasted on my wall the rest of my college career.

There was a movie "adaptation" which really had very very little to do with the book.

It's about the history of human civilization, ecology, philosophy. All the big questions. The perfect book to read while you're still young and figuring out the world. ( )
  greeniezona | Sep 20, 2014 |
Amazing book! This book is full of thought-provoking ideas but is so easy to read! The main character in the book answers an ad that reads "Teacher seeks pupil. Must have an earnest desire to save the world. Apply in person." Since I could see myself answering the same ad, I was very curious to discover what he would learn. The teacher's insights are eye-opening and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I was a bit shocked at the ending but there are 2 more books in this series so I can't wait to read them! I recommend this book to everyone! ( )
  SuzReads | Apr 24, 2014 |
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Five years ago the world was introduced to Ishmael - a gorilla with a revolutionary story to tell, a story no human had ever heard before. A book of resounding truth and hope, and one that is arguably more important now than when it was first published, Ishmael offers readers an entirely new perspective on humanity's relationship to the world. Now, once again, Ishmael is available in hardcover in this very special Fifth Anniversary Edition, containing many revisions and additions to the original. This edition also includes a fascinating preface in which Daniel Quinn offers his own explanation as to why Ishmael has become such a beloved and controversial book.… (more)

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