Ape House

Ape House

by Sara Gruen

Arlene Almas: I'm in total agreement with Judy and Hope - I really enjoyed this book. Among the interesting characters are the six bonobos (a species of great ape similar to chimpanzees) - they are intelligent, communicative in ASL (American Sign Language), and at least one of them is able to use a computer (!). You may find that your whole concept of intelligence in animals other than humans and the potential for inter-species communication has changed after reading this. I would say I liked Ape House even better than Water for Elephants.
Rating: ****

Hope Green: My book club chose this book as their monthly selection. I was not looking forward to reading it. What a surprise. Loved it. Could not put it down. Totally recommend it.
Rating: *****

Judy Stanton: After having heard Sara Gruen speak at the Jewish Book festival about her personal interest in and experience with the bonobos, I was motivated to read her new book Ape House. I found it to be a fast-paced, action filled read with interesting characters and an easy-to-follow plot. She employs a lot of research in creating her fiction and uses it to convey factual information about issues related to animal rights that are very intersting. Her portrayal of script writing in Hollywood was intersting....it made me wonder if she had had any experience there. While it didn't quite reach the heights of Water for Elephants, I would still recommend it.
Rating: ****

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