Woman and the Ape
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The ape, named Erasmus, is actually more intelligent than the men who are testing him secretly at the estate of Adam Burden, a zoolological research director. When Madelene, Burden's alcoholic wife, discovers Erasmus, she helps him escape, and the two go off together. Establishing their own Garden of Eden in a protected forest outside of London, Erasmus and Madelene enjoy seven weeks of mutual discovery, learning, and eventually love, hidden from the outside world. When Erasmus learns to speak English and Madelene's native language, Danish, the two return to London.
Hoeg is brutally satiric of British society and academia as Adam Burden, his evil sister Andrea, the scientific community, the smuggling network, and virtually all other humans are shown to be arrogant in their assumptions about the relationship of men and animals. They will be taught an object lesson, and Madelene and Erasmus are only too happy to provide it. Themes of freedom vs. captivity (real and symbolic), man's role in the evolutionary scheme of things, and the fragility of the environment are developed, none too subtly, as the ape proves his superiority to "civilized" humanity. When asked what he calls the other members of his species, Erasmus replies, "People," indicating that humans would be considered "animals" where he lives.
This satire/sci-fi novel, though intriguing, is strange, becoming even stranger with its interspecies love affair.Read more ›
The amazing portrayal of the central characters and their twisted lives was not only clever but brilliantly written.
I found myself truly wondering about the world, I urge you to as well.
It is unique and exciting and gives us a great fly on the wall view of contempoary society. Even makes you re-evaluate what you consider is your own humanity and think about mans treatment of other sentient beings.
The situation can be absurd, as long as the people have depth. The the lack of depth of the characters is demonstrated by the woman curing her alcoholism on a whim.
All that and it's still an OK book, a fine narrative, but somehow I expected more from Hoeg.
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Very well written and once one got over the intimacy between ape and women and realised the message behind it it was a gripping ready PennyPublished on 26 Aug. 2013 by Mrs P J Lloyd
This novel started off very intriging and I soon become interested in the main characters, however, I found it taking a twist that I personally found a bit off. Read morePublished on 18 Dec. 2007 by Philip Thompson
The Woman and the Ape starts out as a scientific mystery, and turns into a sharp societal critique couched in a dreamy, quirky story. Read morePublished on 17 Jun. 2003 by Irreverent Wench