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by Peter Høeg,Barbara Haveland

Free eBook The Woman and the Ape: A Novel download ISBN: 0312427123
Author: Peter Høeg,Barbara Haveland
Publisher: Picador; First Picador Edition edition (October 30, 2007)
Language: English
Pages: 272
Category: Imaginative Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Size MP3: 1788 mb
Size FLAC: 1952 mb
Rating: 4.7
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Peter Høeg, Barbara (Translator) Haveland. This is a very bizarre book that explores what it means to be human, and the nature of love

Peter Høeg, Barbara (Translator) Haveland. Barbara Haveland (Translator). The Woman and the Ape is the story of a unique and unforgettable couple-Madelene and Erasmus. Madelene is the wife of Adam Burden, a distinguished behavioral scientist. This is a very bizarre book that explores what it means to be human, and the nature of love. Not sure if it will be everyone's cup of tea, but it is worthy of consideration. She turned to face the ape.

Peter Høeg; Translated by Barbara Haveland. Funny, often touching, and definitely inventive. David Walton, St. Petersburg Times. The Woman and the Ape is great fun to read. Peter Høeg has written an intelligent novel of ideas and slyly disguised it as a lighthearted comedy. He's figured out how to blend his various styles into a distinctive voice that's satiric, deadpan funny, at once warm and cool. Brigitte Frase, Newsday. No imaginative writer working today is any more daring than Danish novelist Peter Høeg, any more willing to shock readers with something that is genuinely ne. .

Peter Høeg, born in 1957 in Denmark, pursued various interests-dancer, actor, sailor, fencer, and mountaineer-before turning seriously to writing. His work has been published in 33 countries. demands to be read aloud and savored. The New Yorker on Smilla’s Sense of Snow.

Both these books hope that higher primates will supply the required pivot. The Woman and the Ape looks up to them for moral edification; Great Apes looks down on them for comic relief. Each is, in its own way, amply unsuccessful. However, his assertion that putting a fulcrum sufficiently far out would increase the leverage of one’s voice would have made Archimedes leap out of the water and run naked through the streets.

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Other articles where The Woman and the Ape is discussed: Peter Høeg. nd Kvinden og aben (1996; The Woman . nd Kvinden og aben (1996; The Woman and the Ape), in which the wife of an esteemed zoologist works to save an ape from death at the hands of the scientists studying him. After a decade during which he virtually disappeared, Høeg published Den stille pige (2006; The Quiet Girl) .

In London, a housewife repays her scientist husband for making her life miserable by releasing an equally unhappy ape on which he was experimenting. Together they take off to a wildlife reserve where they have an affair and she teaches him to talk. Part comedy, part study of animal exploitation, by a Danish writer, author of Smilla's Sense of Snow.

The Woman and the Ape is the story of a unique and unforgettable couple--Madelene and Erasmus. Madelene is the wife of Adam Burden, a distinguished behavioral scientist. Erasmus--the unlikely prince--is a 300-pound ape. Brought to the Burdens' London home after escaping from animal smugglers, Erasmus is discovered to be a highly intelligent anthropoid ape, the closest thing yet to a human being. Madelene decides to save Erasmus, and between them blossoms a profound affection as deep as any human relationship. A fable for our time, The Woman and the Ape poses searching questions about the nature of love, freedom, and humanity.

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I bought this as a Kindle download after flicking through a second hand copy at a recycling center. I didn't buy it at the time, but the passages I read stuck in my mind and I just had to read the whole thing.

The story has been outlined in sales blurbs and in other reviews, all which are readily available elsewhere on the internet, so I will not offer one up here.

What's it like? Well, it's clear that this is one of those uncatorizable works that either grabs your imagination [at so many different levels] or leaves you wondering why you paid the tax on stupidity that was its purchase price. In my case, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and now wish I run into Peter Hoeg earlier. Probably the easiest way to approach this fun novel is from a postmodern angle: you are free to dive in and see deep allegory in every act or character [as per an earnest university first-year course in modern lit] or you can simply run through it as a light-hearted, amusing yarn with a few sideglances up the "deep and meaningful" alleyways [as you will inevitably do anyway]. In this regard I enjoyed the way Hoeg pokes the borax left, right and center at the pretentious empty shell that is contemporary neo-Blairist Britain with even The Last Night of the Proms and the Queen getting tickled.

Sure, the early parts do chug a little and this is probably the reason why some reviewers opinions curdled, but persevere, the story really crackles from the around the halfway mark.
Little Devil
If you have issues with inter species relationships, it's not for you. If you enjoy a good story and awesome writing, go for it, you will be delighted.
It is such a pleasure to read elegant gramatical prose, skillfully translated, and not have my inner editor raise a fuss. A story of great sensitivity and perception on many levels; humour, sometimes tongue-in-cheek, sometimes a hearty guffaw, and always a novel plot line pulling one along. ("no!no! I can't put this down. Go fix your own dinner") I would not for all the world reveal the plot. Why spoil someone else's fun.
I've read most everything Peter Hoeg has written. He has a different way of viewing the world that enables you to see the world in a new light as well. Try some of his other works also. You will be intrigued and delighted.
Peter Hoeg makes me think - and laugh. What else would more worthy of five stars. The Woman and the Ape weaves a tale of relationships between humans and presumed animals with trafficking, greed, longing, and loving included. I'm now working my way through all Hoeg's work and he does not disappoint
An interesting allegory with realistic problems, a love story. Shows not only that love can rescue the human race but our span can be limited by our inability to see the values that destroy us.
And I've read copious amounts! Peter Hoeg is a brilliant writer. _The Woman and the Ape_ is exciting to read for its character development, story structure, unexpected and climatic ending,the astounding questions it poses about humanity, and the sense of wonder that will stay with you for forever.
Sorry to have missed this delightful book until now. Find it at times brilliant re its central theme of organism vs. mechanism, or man/animal vs. machines, or in Erasmus’ own words, ‘where what you call mankind stops and where what you call animals begins’. It is a thoroughly enjoyable novel of ideas about man’s treatment of animals that borrows from fables and fairy tales as much as from the world of professional animal catchers and traders, zoologists, zoo directors and myriad well-heeled agencies looking after animal welfare and -rights. Is this a shrill rant from an activist? No, not at all. It is often very funny, full of brilliant observations and a cast of well-drawn characters.
Such as London zoo director Dr. Adam Burden, spider in the web of animal-related institutions and research groups, his powerful sister Andrea, and his spoilt and alcoholic Danish wife of 18 months, Madalene. All three machines about to become unstuck... Smaller parts are played by animal hunter Bally, his London accomplice Johnny and his Doberman dog Samson. The lead part is played by Erasmus, 150 kg of muscle, agility and brains, member of a newly-discovered great ape species thriving in temperate climes. Readers have to be patient for an answer to their throbbing question, “Where was Erasmus discovered and caught?”.
This reader cannot judge the veracity of Hoeg’s zoological and scientific data or how he described London geographically, but suspects it is very high. The same applies to e.g. his lyrical description of London’s huge numbers of free and kept animals and, by its hosting the Houses of Windsor and Lords, being the largest aristocratic gene pool on earth. There are plenty more outbursts of such wit and genius in this rich and re-readable novel.
Apparently, this novel was poorly reviewed upon publication and Hoeg, probably stunned and disgusted, did not write another for ten (10!) years. Were these reviewers Danes, Brits or both? What for? For mixing genres, being flippant about capitalism, outrageous about linked upper-class elites championing lofty ideals? Couldn’t find an answer on the net. Would welcome any further insight from readers.