Ape House: A Novel

by Sara Gruen | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 038552322X Global Overview for this book
Registered by Karenlea of Glendale, California USA on 7/22/2011
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Journal Entry 1 by Karenlea from Glendale, California USA on Friday, July 22, 2011
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 cliché 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, Gruen went to the Great Ape Trust ( a rare privilege) and had personal experience as part of her research.

I think this book may have been rushed. I am just guessing here, but I think Gruen’s publishers were rushing her to get her next book out and she didn’t have time to really work out the details. It’s a good idea that fell victim to poor execution. There were parts where I felt like the book might be headed in the right direction, but then somehow Russian strippers entered the story. Still scratching my head at that one!

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