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Ishmael

A Novel

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Publisher: Bantam

4.3
(103)

Language:English | Number of Pages: 288 | Format: Hardcover | In other languages: (other languages) Italian

Isbn-10: 0553078755 | Isbn-13: 9780553078756 | Publish date:  | Edition 5 Anv Sub

Also available as: Softcover and Stapled , School & Library Binding , Paperback , Others , Audio Cassette , eBook

Category: Fiction & Literature

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Book Description
Winner of the 1992 Turner Tomorrow Fellowship, Ishmael is a unique and captivating novel that has earned a large and passionate following among readers and critics worldwide. One of the most beloved and bestselling novels of spiritual adventure ever published, it is the story of a man who embarks on a highly provocative intellectual adventure with a gorilla--a journey of the mind and spirit that changes forever the way he sees the world and humankind's place in it. For this special fifth anniversary edition, the author has written a frank and informative introduction in which he discusses the worldwide Ishmael phenomenon. Timed to coincide with the eagerly anticipated publication of My Ishmael and the release of the movie Ishmael, this special edition is sure to attract new readers and reinforce Daniel Quinn's reputation as one of the most compelling and visionary writers of our age.
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    Capolavoro

    ...come non consigliare questo must? Uno sguardo critico nei confronti di chi non conosce madre natura e ha imposto al mondo lo stereotipo di madre cultura. Un libro indimenticabile.

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  • 4

    This is the second time I read this book in about a year or so. Not only have I added it to the list of fundamental books I want to carry with me (this time around, I purchased my own, while the first time I read one from the public library), but I have also recommended to my oldest son, who is ...continue

    This is the second time I read this book in about a year or so. Not only have I added it to the list of fundamental books I want to carry with me (this time around, I purchased my own, while the first time I read one from the public library), but I have also recommended to my oldest son, who is thrilled with it. Daniel Quinn's book, a philosophical novel that truly has more of essay or non-fiction than anything else, is definitely an eye opener. Using the figure of a gorilla who is capable of communicating with the narrator (perhaps the weakest part of the story, although it's difficult to see how else the author could have proceeded to tell his story), we learn to re-consider all our given assumptions about civilization, culture and nature. A highly recommended read. As in the case of the writings of John Zerzan and other so-called "primitivists" (a label that could be questioned), the critics may point out that a return to a pre-civilized life is just impossible. And what? Is that exactly what they propose? It's not clear to me. In any case, I don't think they are providing answers, but rather asking the questions. If civilization was indeed a big mistake (and, after reading them, it seems likely), we may as well accept it, even if we don't like where that might take us. Otherwise, we are just knowingly fooling ourselves.

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  • 4

    Philosophical novel where Daniel Quinn explores the idea of civilization and its relationship to sustainability, ethics and, in general, the prospects of survival for life on earth itself. Using the style of a socratic dialogue, the author transcribes the supposed dialogue between a human intere ...continue

    Philosophical novel where Daniel Quinn explores the idea of civilization and its relationship to sustainability, ethics and, in general, the prospects of survival for life on earth itself. Using the style of a socratic dialogue, the author transcribes the supposed dialogue between a human interested in finding out how to save the world and a gorilla which leads his development, questioning the very foundations of human civilization. Daniel Quinn clearly defends the view that the culprit of today's problems is not so much capitalism (or any other particular form of social or economic organization) as civilization itself. In opposition to this, he defends the sort of tribal societies that predated civilization, therefore placing himself (and the book) in the tradition of Green Anarchism or Anarcho-Primitivism that is usually identified with John Zerzan, for example.

    "Ishmael" is actually a very good read. It is relatively entertaining (if you care about these issues, of course), and poses plenty of good questions that we normally overlook. It's good food for thought.

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  • 4

    Tutto parte da un annuncio nel quale un maestro cerca un allievo per salvare il mondo.
    Il suddetto maestro è un gorilla, saggio depositario della conoscenza e capace di comunicare con gli uomini.
    L’allievo è semplicemente un uomo desideroso di conoscere.
    Il mestro stimola l’allievo al ragionamen ...continue

    Tutto parte da un annuncio nel quale un maestro cerca un allievo per salvare il mondo. Il suddetto maestro è un gorilla, saggio depositario della conoscenza e capace di comunicare con gli uomini. L’allievo è semplicemente un uomo desideroso di conoscere. Il mestro stimola l’allievo al ragionamento e tramite semplici dialoghi e domande racconta il ruolo dell’uomo sul pianeta Terra, i miti della nostra civiltà e smonta letteralmente poco per volta tutte le convinzione della società moderna. Particolarmente interessante è la reinterpretazione di alcuni passaggi delle Sacre Scritture. In fin dei conti, non bisogna prendere per oro colato quello che l’autore vuole dirci però quantomeno rappresenta una nuova visione delle cose, un punto di vista diverso dal solito. Ti fa riflettere e non è cosa da poco.

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    è una specie di saggio romanzato. non è neppure bellissimo, la trama non è nulla di speciale (a parte il fatto che il maestro è un gorilla, e l'allievo un homo sapiens sapiens) e la lingua usata non brilla. ma è dannatamente interessante, e vale la pena leggerlo, e rifletterci un po' su. se potet ...continue

    è una specie di saggio romanzato. non è neppure bellissimo, la trama non è nulla di speciale (a parte il fatto che il maestro è un gorilla, e l'allievo un homo sapiens sapiens) e la lingua usata non brilla. ma è dannatamente interessante, e vale la pena leggerlo, e rifletterci un po' su. se potete fatelo, tanto per farvi un' idea, ragionarci...in caso chiedetemelo..ve lo passo in pdf.

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    Un uomo che vuole salvare il mondo risponde all’inserzione di un misterioso maestro e scopre che costui è un enorme gorilla che lo guiderà, giorno dopo giorno, in un lungo ragionamento sui misteri, le menzogne e le presunte verità della creazione dell’essere umano.


    "Con la scompa ...continue

    Un uomo che vuole salvare il mondo risponde all’inserzione di un misterioso maestro e scopre che costui è un enorme gorilla che lo guiderà, giorno dopo giorno, in un lungo ragionamento sui misteri, le menzogne e le presunte verità della creazione dell’essere umano.

    "Con la scomparsa dell'uomo, il gorilla avrà qualche speranza?"

    "Con la scomparsa del gorilla, l'uomo avrà qualche speranza?"

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  • 5

    Fascinanting and enlightening, a journey through mankind's evolution with a prospective of a different relationship between human beings and Earth.

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  • 5

    Terrific! And moving! And inspiring. I was familiar with Ishmael's theory in my own way before reading this novel, but I am glad and relieved to know that the knowledge and the awareness of what's wrong with humankind's attitude towards Life, the World, the Animals and Plants is spreading, despit ...continue

    Terrific! And moving! And inspiring. I was familiar with Ishmael's theory in my own way before reading this novel, but I am glad and relieved to know that the knowledge and the awareness of what's wrong with humankind's attitude towards Life, the World, the Animals and Plants is spreading, despite all enemy forces keep trying to fight it back. I lost hope in Humankind years ago, but until such books, and thinkers, and writers, and common people do exist who embrace Ishmael's words and try to invent ex novo their life on Mother Earth, who knows... maybe tides will change. I hope this book will travel a lot and enlighten as many readers as possible. Give it a try, it will open your eyes and mind.

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