( "It isn't the the tale you tell that counts, it's the way you actually live." )
Firstly, a thank you to lolilie for sending me the book. I do appreciate it. Secondly, an apology. This is going to be most negative positive review ever, but I can't tell a lie. I've put the review under a cut since it's going to spoiler heavy, or as spoiler heavy as a philosophical book of this type can be.
Ishmael is the story of a carnival gorilla, who was rescued by a World War 2 survivor. Through the years, the man and the gorilla grow close and Ishmael eventually learns not just how to talk, but also also becomes an erudite scholar. Ishmael decides to pass his learning on to someone who "must have an ernest desire to save the world." The unnamed narrator of the novel applies and so begins "an adventure of the mind and spirit."
10.19.10: edited to fix a few grammar errors I just noticed.