Another book I m sure I reviewed lost also I had bought this book when it first came out in the Chicago airport Given it was the 2nd book after Water For Elephant.I remember liking it but not wild about the overall book It does pull on your heart strings as you get towards the end Plus my admiration for the authors research and love for these animals is what I do love.
I don t seem to recall why I was such a Water for Elephants hater in the first place But this fact hadn t come up until I had read the tepid, all too unspecial Ape House an animal lover s dream but a literary person s annoying albatross I picked it up because after completing my thesis defense, there was nothing for me to do but to stare out at the open springtime air I was that tired perhaps some cool short novel would then be the antidote to such heavy reading and self editing of cranial activ [...]
I started this book under the impression that it was a piece of capital L Literature, but it turned out to be along the lines of one of the earlier Anita Blake books with bonobos replacing the vampires It took me a while to get into, but eventually I started to enjoy reading this It s fun and silly and things explode Despite what the jacket blurbs say, it s unlikely to change your life unless you re the sort of person who sees an episode of Scooby Doo and immediately starts a charitable organiz [...]
Sara Gruen is a wonderful writer and I truly enjoyed Ape House I previously read Water for Elephants and was eager to read her newest book I loved Water for Elephants as it was a very well done and I learned a great deal from the book I thought that I might be somewhat disappointed in Ape House because I found Water for Elephants so captivating Ape House did not disappoint me, but Water for Elephants continues to be my favorite of Gruen s books.I continue to be appalled and disappointed that hum [...]
It pains me to not have liked this book.Sara Gruen obviously is a champion for the humane treatment of animals and it shines through in her fiction It seems like she d be a witty and kind and smart person, someone I d really love to hang out with.This book, though, was not a great read And, I hate to say that.In one of the previous reviews on this page, someone said that maybe she should have written a memoir about her experiences with the apes instead of trying to make a fiction story out of it [...]
I saw Sara Gruen speak about Ape House at the BEA before the release of the book The woman is 199.99% crazy for bonobos, after having spent time in a language research center for apes in Iowa Most of the cute short stories that she told about her own adventures showed up in the book, which begs the question why didn t she just make this nonfiction and bypass all the silliness Ape House is stuffed with dues ex machinas, goofy coincidences, and caricatures right out of a high school improve show S [...]
DNF 203 pages out of 306 I m only rating it because I made it over halfway The ending could blow my mind, and I still couldn t forgive its bloated ass middle.Do you know how fucking boring a book has to be for me to put it down past the halfway point The past fifty pages have been nothing but he went here and did this and people explaining why the show is failing All my fucks are bottle up and nary a drop to drink.Everything interesting in this book is described better in the synopsis than in th [...]
The novel lacked anything resembling character development and has a bumbling, senseless plot It reads like the manuscript of a first time novelist in fact, I ve read better manuscripts and self published novels than this highly acclaimed author s third book If you love Sara Gruen or are masochistic, pick it up and brace yourself.
I picked up an advance reader s edition of this at the ALA conference this summer 2010 This is Sara Gruen s much awaited second fourth novel her Water for Elephants did very well and the copy I recycled at my book group s holiday book exchange was much fought over.The ape house has many meanings On the surface, it s a community of bonobos living in a university research facility The bonobos are highly intelligent and, in the end, far human than many of the humans in the book I don t want to put [...]
I was so prepared to love this book and, only 30 pages in, I thought I did I got sucked into loving those bonobos so fast, and caring about what happening to them, Isabel, and John Let me tell you it didn t last long Well let me correct myself My love for the PEOPLE didn t last long.The rest of what I have to say is an extremely angry, spoilerific rant, which I pray you read if you think this was a book that was worth your time view spoiler For one, I was immediately angered by this author s lac [...]
Overall, critics considered Ape House a dissatisfying follow up to Water for Elephants With its evocative Depression era setting and unforgettable characters, Water continues to enthrall legions of fans Unfortunately, some reviewers found Ape House s intriguing premise overshadowed by poor editing, a silly story, and trite characters Washington Post Others felt that Gruen glossed over key issues A few did enjoy Ape House, and lauded Gruen s knack for creating distinctive animal characters Boston [...]
Solid three and a half stars, but I ll round up since I read this book in less than a day and a busy one at that , and there are very few books that make me drop everything to read these days I ve read all three of Gruen s previous books, and enjoyed them all, though Water for Elephants was by far the most accomplished of the three When I first heard the premise of this book, I was a little skeptical It sounded forced It s not Everything about the Bonobos seems real and possible In all of her bo [...]
Sara Gruen s Water for Elephants was a favorite So, I was eager to read her next novel, Ape House I gladly plunked down the cash for a hardback edition I would like a refund The premise starts off engagingly enough Fueled by a personal interest, Gruen decided to research and write about Great Apes and language acquisition and cognition Not only can apes learn sign language, but they can use it in novel ways to communicate specific needs and wants apart from the learned sequences And, apparently, [...]
I would like to thank Bridget for helping me enjoy this book Bridget, you read this expecting quality literature, or at least a good touching story, which it was not, so you hated it I then read it expecting it to be awful, which it also was not, so I liked it It wasn t particularly well written, well character developed, etc etc I completely agree w Bridget s review that some of the plot twists were fairly ridic and convenient guy comes into the place where the neighbor works other guy has ex s [...]
Ape House is superb Gruen is an excellent writer and her ability to incorporate the interrelationship between human beings and animals makes her a unique and original voice The animals here are bonobo apes, an endangered great ape species closest to humans Bonobos are remarkable for their ability to communicate, they can be taught sign language their fine motor skills can turn a page in a book one page at a time and their sexuality Apparently humans, dolphins and bonobos are the only species who [...]
I started this book on the plane leaving for vacation I only read in the evening while my husband was watching TV at night and finished it in three days evenings It was SO GOOD Fascinating about bonobos and how much they resemble human beings Quite the sexual species Sara Gruen writes so fluidly, easy to follow and understand I learned a bunch as I was absorbed into this wonderful story.
This book lacked the majesty and wonder that made Water for Elephants so enticing There are some graphic scenes of animal cruelty, which I found hard to read The characters are likable, but not totally engrossing or unique The amazingly human like behavior of the bonobo chimps in the novel was really what had me reading to the end.
Sara Gruen wrote one of my favorite novels, Water For Elephants , so I was really hoping that I would enjoy her latest novel, Ape House Unfortunately, it completely fell flat The story was clunky with clich characters and absurd plot lines.On the positive, it started with a great idea What if Bonobos who could speak ASL fell into the hands of the wrong people, specifically a sleazy porn reality TV producer The story brings up many valid moral questions and puts forth some interesting ideas Also, [...]
Scrolling through the reviews, I find it interesting that most people seem to feel this book was a disappointment after Water for Elephants I guess I m in the minority I didn t really like Water for Elephants that much it was ok, but not something I d rave about as others have , so I wasn t sure I d like this book But, my friend insisted that I read it and just had to trust her I m glad I did At first I thought I was going to be disappointed it seemed like the author was laying the groundwork fo [...]
I feel sorry for Sara Gruen Everything she writes will forever be compared against Water for Elephants, which is a high bar for anyone, even the author of the selfsame novel That said, Ape House is no novel Water for Elephants , despite addressing a handful of similar themes.Gruen is an expert at creating human like animal characters this time around, it is a tribe of Bonobos which would make any reader want to dive into ape linguistic studies Unfortunately, however, the Bonobos are the most int [...]
A Casa dos Primatas muito mais do que um simples romance uma narrativa sobre formas de vidas semelhantes com a capacidade de tocar o homem, que as desvaloriza, atrav s das suas parecen as e diferencia es S o formas de vida apaixonantes que com a sua inoc ncia, com as suas defini es do que certo e errado, e com a sua capacidade de aproxima o afectiva n o deixar o indiferentes quem tenha um cora o aberto Fala sobre s mios, bonobos, afectivos, inteligentes e, de forma profunda, sexualmente emotivos [...]
I LOVED Water for Elephants and honestly, was looking forward to reading Ape House Same author should be just as good, if not better, right Not right And now that I ve read a few reviews from others, it seems I m not the only one who was than a little disappointed I m sure that Gruen was trying to keep the plot line moving with all her twists and turns, but it all ended up feeling trite and some of the coincidences that she used to connect characters like a contrived paternity plot that was jus [...]
How in the world was this written by the same author who gave the world Water for Elephants Ms Gruen switched publishing houses between books, and it makes me wonder if her previous editor deserves most of the credit for the bestselling novel This book is supposed to be about bonobos taken from a research center and turned into the stars of a reality show And that plot is there, in the background, hidden by boring, poorly mapped plot lines that go nowhere fast that many of the summaries for this [...]
While I ve loved the last 2 Sara Gruen books that I ve read, I was still surprised with just how much I loved this one The elements of mystery and suspense are woven so seamlessly together in this story There is here than the story of the apes, or the story of their caretakers, or even the story of those covering those stories I had a terrible time putting this book down.The criminal plots were not something I was expecting when I started this book but she has proven that she can handle writing [...]
Isabell Duncan is a research scientist studying language through teaching bonobo apes sign language Her lab is blown up shortly after a visit from reporter John Thigpen, and the apes are unharmed but no longer in Isabell s control The resulting storyline of the book is the search for the missing Bonobo apes I loved WATER FOR ELEPHANTS and unfortunately can not say the same thing for this book Although is was an entertaining read and obviously well researched, it did not have the character and fl [...]
Listening to an audio book is a different experience from reading, but I thought as a literary effort Ape House was charmless and formulaic It has none of the offbeat appeal of Gruen s abused elephant, orphan veterinarian and raffish circus types in Water for Elephants Here the protagonist calls his wife baby, rhapsodizes about her eggs benedict, and worries she won t be able to fend off the wolves when she takes a job in LA The wife is just as bad, dressing in her best lingerie and serving cavi [...]
If we told all the animals in literature to shut up, the silence would be horrible Sure, the serpent got our conversations off to an awkward start, but between the Garden of Eden and the Hundred Acre Wood, furry creatures have been some of our most cherished interlocutors Who hasn t fantasized, along with Dr Dolittle, that if we could talk to the animals, just imagine it Chatting to a chimp in chimpanzee But in real life, despite our superior intelligence, animals have made a lot progress in le [...]