- I was curious about the story and for some reason, stories about ape’s always attract me. I blame Tarzan.
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Summary from GoodReads:
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 understand people, but animals she gets—especially the bonobos. Isabel feels more comfortable in their world than she’s ever felt among humans . . . until she meets John Thigpen, a very married reporter who braves the ever-present animal rights protesters outside the lab to see what’s really going on inside.
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I am one of the minority that did not enjoy Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. I can’t really say why I didn’t enjoy it, as I read it a few years ago (and maybe my opinion will have changed if I try it again), but I do remember feeling just.. dissatisfaction with it.
So, with that background, I put off reading Ape House until I was wandering through the library and just decided to pick it up. I didn’t have high hopes, but I was pleasantly surprised.
I think I enjoyed this book more because of the apes, though. In thinking back on it, the characters weren’t as developed as I would have liked and the story had quite a few plot holes – but the ape parts were fascinating to me. More importantly, the story served as a springboard for me to go and check out the Great Ape Trust’s Web site.
All of that information aside, what it boiled down to was that I enjoyed this book. I read it on gloomy, rainy afternoon and I only got up from my couch to get a drink or attend to nature. That, to me, is a sign that Sara was doing something right.
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