The narrator of this extraordinary tale is a man in search for truth. He answers an ad in a local newspaper from a teacher looking for serious pupils, only to find himself alone in an abandoned office with a full-grown gorilla who is nibbling delicately on a slender branch. " You are the teacher?" he asks incredulously. " I am the teacher, " the gorilla replies. Ishmael is a creature of immense wisdom and he has a story to tell, one that no other human being has ever heard. It is a story that extends backward and forward over the lifespan of the earth from the birth of time to a future there is still time save. Like all great teachers, Ishmael refuses to make the lesson easy; he demands the final illumination to come from within ourselves. Is it man's destiny to rule the world? Or is it a higher destiny possible for him-- one more wonderful than he has ever imagined?
"A thoughtful, fearlessly low-key novel about the role of our species on the planet . . . laid out for us with an originality and a clarity that few would deny."--"The New York Times Book Review"
"[Quinn entraps] us in the dialogue itself, in the sweet and terrible lucidity of Ishmael's analysis of the human condition. . . . It was surely for this deep, clear persuasiveness of argument that "Ishmael" was given its huge prize."--"The Washington Post"
"It is as suspenseful, inventive, and socially urgent as any fiction or nonfiction book you are likely to read this or any other year."--"The Austin Chronicle"
"Deserves high marks as a serious--and all too rare--effort that is unflinchingly engaged with fundamental life-and-death concerns."--"The Atlanta Journal-Constitution"
Number Of Pages: 263
Published: 1st May 1995
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 13.6 x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.263