Ape House

Ape House by Sara Gruen- 336 pages
Book Blurb:
Isabel Duncan, a scientist at the Great Ape Language Lab, doesn't understand people, but apes she gets—especially the bonobos Sam, Bonzi, Lola, Mbongo, Jelani, and Makena, who are capable of reason and communication through American Sign Language. Isabel feels more comfortable in their world than she's ever felt among humans—until she meets John Thigpen, a very married reporter writing a human interest feature. But when an explosion rocks the lab, John's piece turns into the story of a lifetime—and Isabel must connect with her own kind to save her family of apes from a new form of human exploitation.
My Review: 3.5 stars
I loved the premise of this story especially after just reading Lucy, also about bonobo apes so I was thrilled to gain more insight into their world. Unlike many reviewers, I will not compare this to Water For Elephants. If you’d like to read that review, please find that post. This book was a fine reminder of the brilliance of the bonobos and their ability to learn. I loved the scientific parts of this book more than the characters. Truly was a satire on the human condition, our new pastimes of reality TV and what people will do for money. Good ending and well done overall.
Tags: Fiction, 2010, Adventure

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