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One of the most beloved and bestselling novels of spiritual adventure ever published, Ishmael has earned a passionate following among readers and critics alike. This special twenty-fifth anniversary edition features a new foreword and afterword by the author, as well as an excerpt from My Ishmael .

Must have an earnest desire to save the world. Apply in person.

It was just a three-line ad in the personals section, but it launched the adventure of a lifetime.

So begins an utterly unique and captivating novel. In Ishmael , which received the Turner Tomorrow Fellowship for the best work of fiction offering positive solutions to global problems, Daniel Quinn parses humanity's origins and its relationship with nature, in search of an answer to this challenging question: How can we save the world from ourselves?

Praise for Ishmael

"As suspenseful, inventive, and socially urgent as any fiction or nonfiction you are likely to read this or any other year." -- The Austin Chronicle

"Before we're halfway through this slim book . . . we're in [Daniel Quinn's] grip, we want Ishmael to teach us how to save the planet from ourselves. We want to change our lives." -- The Washington Post

"Arthur Koestler, in an essay in which he wondered whether mankind would go the way of the dinosaur, formulated what he called the Dinosaur's Prayer: 'Lord, a little more time!' Ishmael does its bit to answer that prayer and may just possibly have bought us all a little more time." -- Los Angeles Times
Publisher: New York : A Bantam/Turner Book, 1992.
ISBN: 9780553375404
Characteristics: 266 p. ;,22 cm.


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multcolib_susannel Jan 18, 2018

This story is about a man searching for someone to teach him the meaning of life. What he finds is quite different that what he expected.

May 29, 2017

Blew me away. (Yes, it is clunky style-wise, but who gives a damn about the style when ideas are great?)

Aug 29, 2016

Blew my mind. I will definitely share this book with my children when they are old enough.

Jul 27, 2016

I'd suggest reading with a shovel and a gas mask because this book is so full of excrement. On the plus side, super intelligent, philosophical gorilla!

Jun 20, 2016

Excellent book.

Jul 05, 2015

This book has caused me to look at environmental issues in a way I haven't ever examined them before. I liked this book so much in fact that I've read it multiple times. I love how the book successfully attempts to put you into the narrators place, further making you feel like you're a student learning.

May 25, 2015

Fantastic read, changed my view on a number of things in the world. It's not long, and regardless if you agree or disagree with the ideas, it will make you think!

Chapel_Hill_KenMc Dec 22, 2014

I wish everyone could read this book. Though its impact is probably somewhat less than a reading in 1992 would provide, it still crystallizes a powerful critique of modern society and the quest for domination, power, and conquest that characterizes so many human endeavors. Quinn's ecological message is probably more easily accepted than it was twenty years ago, but is still just as radical. Using an analogy in the novel, we're still plunging off a cliff, but we still are apparently too unconcerned with the inevitable outcome.

May 13, 2014

This book contains a very profound examination of modern civilization contained in an dialectic narrative. The challenge that modern technological society is not necessarily the best and inevitable and only way to live gives much to think about.

Feb 27, 2013

Excellent book. Important perspective. The synopsis provided above is for the book My Ishmael. This original book (Ishmael) is about a different pupil, a middle-aged man.

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