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Ishmael

Author: Daniel Quinn
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2017. © 2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : Bantam Books trade paperback editionView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Didactic fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Quinn
ISBN: 9780613080934 0613080939
OCLC Number: 1002073577
Notes: Includes foreword and afterword by Daniel Quinn.
Description: xxxi, 302 pages ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Daniel Quinn.

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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?

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