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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA; Bantam Trade Pbk. Ed edition (1 Jan. 1920)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553379658
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553379655
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 1.7 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" Enthralling, shocking, hope-filled, and utterly fearless, Quinn leads us deeper and deeper into the human heart, history, and spirit. Thank God the gorilla is back! In My Ishmael, Quinn strikes out into entirely new territory, posing questions that will rock you on your heels, and providing tantalizing possibilities for a truly new world vision."
--Susan Chernak McElroy, author of Animals as Teachers & Healers
" Irresistible...[Quinn's] ideas are as thought-provoking as ever."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Enthralling, shocking, hope-filled, and utterly fearless, Quinn leads us deeper and deeper into the human heart, history, and spirit. Thank God the gorilla is back! In My Ishmael, Quinn strikes out into entirely new territory, posing questions that will rock you on your heels, and providing tantalizing possibilities for a truly new world vision."
--Susan Chernak McElroy, author of Animals as Teachers & Healers
"Irresistible...[Quinn's] ideas are as thought-provoking as ever."
--Kirkus Reviews

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Sequel to the bestselling Ishmael, soon to be made into major film, which teaches us how we can live our lives for the better --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I enjoyed this, but, as Ishmael is philosophy for simpletons, this is philosophy for immature simpletons. Someone once said to me that he divided the world between those who'd read Ishmael and those who hadn't, but, if there is one person whose opinion I least admire, it's him! I recommended Ishmael to my kids.
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Format: Hardcover
First off, let me say why I gave this book an 8: In the Daniel Quinn/Ishmael scheme of things, it's a 10, but overall, an 8. There were only 2 things I didn't like about this book (but not enough to really matter - 1. I think Julie, the 14 year old main character is more than a little unbelievable. It doesn't matter, however, because she's really just the medium for Ishmael to speak through. 2. In the last 10-20 pages Quinn sort of compares the 3 students in the 3 books in a somewhat irritating fashion that really rubbed me the wrong way. I probably shouldn't write what happens, so, unfortunately, you'll have to read for yourselves. (again, not a big deal overall) My Ishmael is more like Ishmael than The Story of B. I loved all 3, and I'm impressed how Quinn keeps the common theme running while simultaneously covers new ground. Bottom Line: If you liked the first 2 books, you won't be disappointed.
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The ideas Daniel Quinn restates in My Ishmael once again color the way all of "civilization" and it's antics can be viewed. We are not the superior race we dream we are. The craving to slow down is an ancient drive to return to living within the "leaver" laws. But it is hard to substaniate Quinn's comments on ancient societies unless you have studied them extensively (there is a lot of speculation but little "fact" available.) Quinn's ideas are unique, profound and well stated in Ishmael's sequel but they could use some fleshing out. His characters are cute but give no real challenge to his philosophies. I liked the book because I like Quinn's philosophy, not because it is a literary masterpiece.
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Okay so you've read Ishmael (if you haven't read it) and you're wondering if My Ishmael is just the same book with a different cover. I asure you it isn't. My Ishmael brings new ideas and insights to Quinn's philosophy and explores possible action we can take more than Ishmael ever did. One thing we have to remember is that we can't all be like Alan Lomaxs and expect this teaching to be with us until we die. We can't keep waiting for Quinn novels to pop up like lawyers wait for Grisham novels. Unfortunately we don't get feed back like his students but we all have our own "Ishmael".
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By A Customer on 12 July 1998
Format: Hardcover
I am a great fan of Ishmael and as such was shocked by the lack of content in "My Ishmael". The book is disjointed and suggests an emotionally disturbed writer. The thought provocking portion of the book could have been written in five pages. The main character challenges believability more than a talking gorilla. This 12 year old girl puts James Bond to shame. The purpose seems to be creating excitment rather than communicating thought provocing questions as in "Ishmael". The two books are so different that I question whether Daniel Quinn actually wrote this book.
The one redeeming point is his perspective on our educational system.
To summarize: The book was so lacking in content that I would never have finished it had I not read Ishmael first. To the very end I hoped that there was some purpose in the direction that the story was taking -- but I found none. I felt deceived and cheated.
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Having first read Ishmael and now this book, I have just started on my third Daniel Quinn book "the Story of B". I have always thought along similar lines as the philosophy set out in these books, but now find that they are shaking my foundations: I am a teacher and have started to question the whole educational system as a result of reading this book. Where do I go from here? As Ishmael says: You may reach one or a million people with the message. And that's what I'll try.
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My Ishmael is a better novel than Ishmael, but not as good of a book. Ishmael was nothing short of life-changing; the revelations of My Ishmael are significant, but less of a surprise. Quinn's The Story of B was a tremendous disappointment because it did little more than retell Ishmael, and in a somewhat heavy-handed manner. In My Ishmael, Quinn spends little time refashioning the morals of the first book. Instead he focuses on addressing the misconceptions that many readers had of Ishmael (e.g., that he is anti-technology, that the answer is to revert back to the Stone Age). In short, Quinn answers the incessant question asked of him, "What can I do?"

Why do I only give it a 9? Minor qualms like the unrealistic depiction of the 12-year-old narrator who seems more like a 30 year old than anything else.

On the other hand, bravo to Quinn for writing a story that intertwines so neatly with the original, a concept he didn't originally intend.
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As much as I hate to admit it, Daniel Quinn has not succeeded at his most recent attempt to "save the world" . In his efforts to write a compelling story, he focuses far too much attention to the details of the story itself and leaves many of his ideas without support. It's one thing to denounce organized education as we know it, however, to substantiate this claim by saying that " for thousands of years before schools people had been reading..." is simply preposterous. You don't need a degree in anthropology to know that until quite recently actually, most of the world was not literate. Perhaps the author meant to say that in tribal cultures reading was and is less NECESSARY ? Another example of an unsupported argument in the book is Quinn's use of contemporary gangs and cults as paradigms of functional tribal systems. While these groups meet some of the criteria for so- called tribal communities, the fact that these societies are overwhelmingly destructive to many of the individuals they serve makes them antithetical in nature to the
possibility of an harmonious world. I loved Ishmael and The Story of B and found the ideas therein to be both challenging and intelligent. This sequel, however, is just not up to par.
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