"The plane had yet to take off, but Osgood, the photographer, was already snoring softly. He was in the center seat, wedged between John Thigpen and a woman in coffee-colored stockings and sensible shoes."Ape House ~ by Sara Gruen, 2010, fiction
Isabel Duncan, a scientist at the Great Ape Language Lab, doesn't understand people, but apes she gets — especially the bonobosI've read almost a third of the book. Yes, it's as interesting as I thought it would be. I've learned that bonobos would rather make love rather than war, and that some people's idea of "helping" the bonobos is very cruel and destructive, indeed!
who are capable of reason and communication through American Sign Language. Isabel feels more comfortable in their world than she's ever felt among humans — until she meets John Thigpen, a very married reporter writing a human interest feature. But when an explosion rocks the lab, John's piece turns into the story of a lifetime — and Isabel must connect with her own kind to save her family of apes from a new form of human exploitation.
- Bonzi, the matriarch,
- Sam, the oldest male,
- Jelani, an adolescent male,
- Makena, the pregnant one,
- Lola, the infant, and
- Mbongo, the other adult male,
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