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denaluna, January 28, 2011 (view all comments by denaluna)
You know it's a good book when, after finishing the last page, you are sad and realize how much you'll miss reading it, even though you scarfed it down way too fast because it was so good.

I'll never look at great apes the same.
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babyaves79, August 8, 2010 (view all comments by babyaves79)
I am totally stalking the release of this book!!!
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Andeeme, July 21, 2010 (view all comments by Andeeme)
This will be my next book purchase! Can't wait.
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gkngc04, July 13, 2010 (view all comments by gkngc04)
I have yet to read Ape House, I actually just found out about it but I absolutely loved "Water For Elephants" and cannot wait for it to be a movie! I love Ms. Gruen's story telling abilities, so vivid, it feels like you are there!
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I have yet to read Ape House, I actually just found out about it but I absolutely loved "Water For Elephants" and cannot wait for it to be a movie! I love Ms. Gruen's story telling abilities, so vivid, it feels like you are there!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385523219
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Gruen, Sara
Publisher:
Spiegel & Grau
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Animal rights activists
Subject:
Human-animal relationships
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20100907
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.26x6.38x.94 in. 1.30 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Gruen enjoys minimal luck in trying to recapture the magic of her enormously successful Water for Elephants in this clumsy outing that begins with the bombing of the Great Ape Language Lab, a university research center dedicated to the study of the communicative behavior of bonobo apes. The blast, which terrorizes the apes and severely injures scientist Isabel Duncan, occurs one day after Philadelphia Inquirer reporter John Thigpen visits the lab and speaks to the bonobos, who answer his questions in sign language. After a series of personal setbacks, Thigpen pursues the story of the apes and the explosions for a Los Angeles tabloid, encountering green-haired vegan protesters and taking in a burned-out meth lab's guard dog. Meanwhile, as Isabel recovers from her injuries, the bonobos are sold and moved to New Mexico, where they become a media sensation as the stars of a reality TV show. Unfortunately, the best characters in this overwrought novel don't have the power of speech, and while Thigpen is mildly amusing, Isabel is mostly inert. In Elephants, Gruen used the human-animal connection to conjure bigger themes; this is essentially an overblown story about people and animals, with explosions added for effect. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Review" by , "Gruen's astute, wildly entertaining tale of interspecies connection is a novel of verve and conscience." (Starred Review)
"Review" by , "[Ape House] is fun, in an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink way: headlong and over-the-top.... [T]errific: an incisive piece of social commentary."
"Review" by , "Gruen's achievement is...significant not only in illuminating the darkest corners of animal research but also in showing the depth of human-animal relationships.... A perfectly plotted good read."
"Synopsis" by , After the extraordinary success of Water for Elephants, with 3 million copies shipped, Sara Gruen returns with another immensely charming, endlessly surprising, and engaging novel in which a family of apes teaches us what it means to be human.

Sara Gruen's Water for Elephants has become one of the most beloved and bestselling novels of our time. Now Gruen has moved from a circus elephant to family of bonobo apes. When the apes are kidnapped from a language laboratory, their mysterious appearance on a reality TV show calls into question our assumptions about these animals who share 99.4% of our DNA.

A devoted animal lover, Gruen has had a life-long fascination with human-ape discourse, and a particular interest in Bonobo apes. She has studied linguistics and a system of lexigrams in order to communicate with apes, and is one of the few visitors who has been allowed access to the Great Ape Trust in Des Moines, Iowa, where the apes have come to love her. In bringing her experience and research to bear on this novel, she opens the animal world to us as few novelists have done.

Ape House is a riveting, funny, compassionate, and, finally, deeply moving new novel that secures Sara Gruen's place as a master storyteller who allows us to see ourselves as we never have before.

"Synopsis" by , Gruen's Water for Elephants has become one of the most beloved and bestselling novels of our time. Now the author has moved from a circus elephant to a family of bonobo apes kidnapped from a language laboratory and their mysterious appearance on a reality TV show. (Literary Fiction)
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