My Ishmael

My Ishmael

Book - 1997
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Winner of the Turner Tomorrow Fellowship, Daniel Quinn's Ishmael is a bestseller and a testament for a burgeoning spiritual movement. Now Quinn presents an extraordinary sequel, a companion novel so startlingly original that even Ishmael's most faithful readers will not predict its outcome....

When Ishmael places an advertisement for pupils with "an earnest desire to save the world," he does not expect a child to answer him. But twelve-year-old Julie Gerchak is undaunted by Ishmael's reluctance to teach someone so young, and convinces him to take her on as his next student. Ishmael knows he can't apply the same strategies with Julie that he used with his first pupil, Alan Lomax--nor can he hope for the same outcome. But young Julie proves that she is ready to forge her own spiritual path--and arrive at her own destination. And when the time comes to choose a pupil to carry out his greatest mission yet, Ishmael makes a daring decision--a choice that just might change the world.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c1997
ISBN: 9780553379655
Branch Call Number: F QUI
Characteristics: 274 p. ; 24 cm

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celticphoenix
Feb 03, 2014

I have now read Ishmael, Story of B, and My Ishmael. I think, to respond to daymakerdave, that the message is beyond the direct faults of totalitarian agriculture. The message is that living opposed to the laws of nature, broadly, is necessarily bringing us and the entire planet closer to extinction. Our culture has a worldview inconsistent with a sustainable, healthy lifestyle, and totalitarian agriculture is a symptom of this.

daymakerdave Nov 29, 2010

Okay, I get it already! Agriculture killed the world. Farming ruined the planet and destroyed society. I get it. Now that you know you can save yourself the time of reading "My Ishmael".

Although it's well written, thought provoking and can be quite entertaining, the repetition of it's main message becomes ridiculously overbearing. But on the other hand it's maing character is a talking gorilla named Ishmael so that's pretty cool.

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mikeehan thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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