The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore

The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore

Book - 2011
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Bruno Littlemore is quite unlike any chimpanzee in the world. Precocious, self-conscious and preternaturally gifted, young Bruno, born and raised in a habitat at the local zoo, falls under the care of a university primatologist named Lydia Littlemore. Learning of Bruno's ability to speak, Lydia takes Bruno into her home to oversee his education and nurture his passion for painting. But for all of his gifts, the chimpanzee has a rough time caging his more primal urges. His untimely outbursts ultimately cost Lydia her job, and send the unlikely pair on the road in what proves to be one of the most unforgettable journeys -- and most affecting love stories -- in recent literature. Like its protagonist, this novel is big, loud, abrasive, witty, perverse, earnest and amazingly accomplished. The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore goes beyond satire by showing us not what it means, but what it feels like be human -- to love and lose, learn, aspire, grasp, and, in the end, to fail.
Publisher: New York : Twelve, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780446571579
Characteristics: 578 p. ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Bruno Littlemore


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Jun 10, 2016

A difficult to imagine transformation of a chimpanzee into a human, I didn't find the protagonist hugely likeable, but appreciated his insightful comments about the quirkiness of humans. Still, not my favourite read.

Mar 30, 2012

A very well written book. However, the love of language exhibited by the narrator (and author) does get a tad long winded at times.

Otherwise, a very creative exploration of what it means to be human (from the perspective of a chimpanzee) and the relationship between love and language.

debwalker Feb 08, 2011

"A serious novel that manages to transform an interspecies love story into a journey into language, humanity, life and death. It cleverly challenges the reader to explore ancient philosophical themes while sharing a love story between a woman and a chimpanzee, which includes some very funny moments. The story leaves you thinking deeply about what it means to be human. Open the book--and your mind--and let Benjamin Hale take you away."--Ed Conklin, Chaucer's Books, Santa Barbara, Calif.


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