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Ape House



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Author
Gruen, Sara
Descriptors
Activists
Animal Rights
Animals
Human/Animal Relations
Literate Fiction
Relationships
Research
Television
Theft
Location/Setting:
Arizona
Kansas
Los Angeles, California
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Time Period:
2000s
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Summary
Reporter John Thigpen is inspired when he meets bonobo apes who use American Sign Language to communicate with humans at the Great Ape Language Lab in Kansas City. He is on a plane home to Philadelphia when the lab is bombed, severely injuring the apes' keeper, Dr. Isabel Duncan. The bonobos are uninjured but are surreptitiously sold to a notorious pornographer for a new reality TV show called "Ape House." Both John and Isabel are desperate to get the apes back, meanwhile they attempt to make worthwhile connections with the humans in their lives.
Critique
What a cool idea for a book. The descriptions of the bonobos, their sanctuary and their communication skills are fascinating. Unfortunately, the book's human characters, with their petty problems, pale in comparison. Recommend, with reservations.
ISBN
9780385523219
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# of Pages
306
Published
2010
Formats
Reviewer's Initials: CO EJ


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