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    DescriptionWhen Bantam Books first published "Ishmael," a cult was born. Winner of the Turner Tomorrow Award -- a prize for fiction that offered solutions to global problems -- it was an utterly unique story that earned raves from readers and critics alike. By the time the mass market paperback edition of this novel was published last year, word was spreading like wildfire. Now this irresistible novel of a spiritual adventure is available in trade paperback for the first time ever. The narrator of this extraordinary tale is a man in search of truth. He answers an ad in a local newspaper from a teacher looking for serious pupils only to find himself alone in an abandonded 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.... As readers everywhere seek out books that offer answers to their burning questions about spirituality, the popularity of this remarkable novel continues to grow at an astounding pace."As suspenseful, inventive and socially urgent as any fiction or nonfiction book you are likely to read this or any other year." -- "The Austin Chronicle." "Wonderfully eamest and engaging. Think of Robert Pirsig in "Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle" Maintenance or B.F. Skinner in "Walden Two."" -- "Los Angeles Times Book Review." Daniel Quinn lives in Austin, Texas.


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    Title
    Ishmael
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Daniel Quinn
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 263
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 206 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 204 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780553375404
    ISBN 10: 0553375407
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    DC21: 813.54
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    LC subject heading: ,
    Ingram Theme: APPR/CLASSA
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    DC22: 813/.54
    BISAC V2.8: FIC025000
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: P26305000
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 34
    LC classification: PS3567.U33
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000, FIC009000
    LC classification: PS3567.U338 I8 1995
    Thema V1.0: FBA
    BIC E4L: GNR
    Edition statement
    Reissue
    Publisher
    Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
    Imprint name
    Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
    Publication date
    31 December 1995
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Daniel Quinn's first book, Ishmael, won the Turner Tomorrow Fellowship, a prize for fiction presenting creative and positive solutions to global problems. He is also the author of Providence, The Story of B, and My Ishmael.
    Review quote
    "A thoughtful, fearlessly low-key novel about the role of our species on the planet . . . laid out for us with an originality and a clarity that few would deny."--"The New York Times Book Review" "[Quinn entraps] us in the dialogue itself, in the sweet and terrible lucidity of Ishmael's analysis of the human condition. . . . It was surely for this deep, clear persuasiveness of argument that "Ishmael" was given its huge prize."--"The Washington Post" "It is as suspenseful, inventive, and socially urgent as any fiction or nonfiction book you are likely to read this or any other year."--"The Austin Chronicle" "Deserves high marks as a serious--and all too rare--effort that is unflinchingly engaged with fundamental life-and-death concerns."--"The Atlanta Journal-Constitution"
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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?