Author(s): Daniel QuinnDownload
Publish: Published July 1995 by Bantam (first published 1992)
ISBN: ISBN 0553375407 (ISBN13: 9780553375404)
TEACHER SEEKS PUPIL.
Must have an earnest desire to
save the world. Apply in person.
Ishmael is an utterly unique and captivating spiritual adventure which redefines what it is to be human. We are introduced to Ishmael, a creature of immense wisdom. He has a story to tell, one that no human being has ever heard before. It is the story of man’s place in the grand scheme, and it begins at the birth of time. This history of the world has never appeared in any schoolbook. “Does the earth belong to man?” Ishmael asks. “Or does man belong to the earth?”
Author Daniel Quinn is the first winner of the prestigious Turner Tomorrow Fellowship, awarded for fiction providing creative and positive solutions to global problems. Sly, witty, and profound, Ishmael is a tour de force of the mind and spirit, an extraordinary intellectual adventure that listeners will never forget.
It was just a three-line ad in the personals section, but it launched the adventure of a lifetime…
So begins Ishmael, an utterly unique and captivating novel that has earned a large and passionate following among readers and critics alike—one of the most beloved and bestselling novels of spiritual adventure ever published.
Some Reviews: 72,722 ratings 4,794 reviews in Goodreads.com
So I finished this Thursday night but I have really been thinking hard about what I want to say about it. For a long time I have had an underlying feeling that the way we are living is wrong. I’ve blamed everything from the corrupt political system to the ridiculous wealth distribution to pathological cultural values but I have always felt it runs a lot deeper than any of those.
Well, recently it was my turn to pick a book for book club and I picked this one.
The fact we are destroying the world is not lost on me. The fact this is getting worse and worse is not either. Mother Culture is telling us to keep destroying ourselves with the hope of greener pastures and technological fixes.
This book takes great aim at C. Ishmael, the titular gorilla – asks many questions to the protagonist as an outside observer. Some answers arise, many more questions arise.
Brilliant, worldview changing.