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The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

An Intellectual and Provocative Read~!!

The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore is a highly intelligent and provocative piece of literature that is not for the faint of heart. Its pages are filled with wit, humor, sadness, mortification and ingenuity. The imagery between Darwinism and Creationism is detailed in t...
The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore is a highly intelligent and provocative piece of literature that is not for the faint of heart. Its pages are filled with wit, humor, sadness, mortification and ingenuity. The imagery between Darwinism and Creationism is detailed in this highly imaginative tale.

Bruno Littlemore, the narrator of the story, is a chimpanzee who has learned the ability to communicate, not with his hands, but with his voice. He is articulate, knowledgeable and extremely well-read on an academic level while maintaining his animalistic tendencies. Bruno is in love with all things human and after being "rescued" from the zoo by Dr. Lydia Littlemore, he comes to realize that he could never go back to that kind of life. After spending many years as a test subject for a research department at the University of Chicago, Bruno goes to live with Lydia and they fall in love. Their life borders on the idyllic and for years they grow together, under the radar, until the headaches that Lydia suffers from become unbearable. After heading back to the "real" world, their lives begin to unravel and Bruno is forced to flee for his life. He meets many interesting characters along his journey, who help to shape and mold him to be a better "person". However, all things come full circle and Bruno decides to go back to his past in order to correct all the wrongs done to him.

Bruno shares with us his passions, his loves, his reasons for being and the similarties between his species and humans. Even though there were a few passages that will stay with me forever, I loved reading his story and for a first time author, Benjamin Hale, has written a remarkable piece that I would recommend to others to read. It has moderate to heavy expletives, scenes of morbid violence and sexual intimacies.

posted by Heavensent1 on February 15, 2011

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Stopped after 150 pages

When I initially started reading this book, I was floored by how intelligent I am. I understood almost all of Hale's big words (great use of a thesaurus). I found Bruno to be an interesting character, and I could even hear him speaking to me. But after awhile, it seemed...
When I initially started reading this book, I was floored by how intelligent I am. I understood almost all of Hale's big words (great use of a thesaurus). I found Bruno to be an interesting character, and I could even hear him speaking to me. But after awhile, it seemed as if the storyline was going absolutely nowhere. Yes, the foreshadowing told us what was going to happen, but the overdevelopment about every little aspect of Bruno's life was becoming tedious. By the time I got to Bruno's sexual arousal over Lydia while she was passed out on sleeping pills, I had had enough.

posted by crazyladyteacher on July 10, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore is nothing short of a masterpi

    The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore is nothing short of a masterpiece. The language is fluid, specific, and profound. The concepts are controversial, imaginative, and beautiful. Told from the first-person perspective of Bruno himself, this book is a true work of art. If you enjoy contemporary literature I promise this book will rise to the top of your list before you even finish it. If it does not win you over with its pure creative intelligence (which it will) the humanity of the story is sure to send you through a whirlwind. I personally enjoy authors such as Tom Robbins, Chuck Palahniuk, Haruki Murakami and Edward Albee (playwright). Benjamin Hale effortlessly finds himself amongst these great literary talents in my eyes. The book is great.

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  • Posted August 21, 2012

    An astonishing read! It is not for everyone with the long descr

    An astonishing read! It is not for everyone with the long descriptive
    passages and classical references. Since I grew up in Chicago near the
    Lincoln Park Zoo it was especially nostalgic for me. Aside from that
    the plot moved along smoothly but at a leisurely pace. It could have
    been shortened, but the mood would have suffered. If you are looking
    for an exceptional, thought-provoking novel, read a few pages. That
    will set the tone for the whole book. I was hooked on the first page!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2011

    A most enjoyable and stimulating read!!

    This is a wonderful book that deftly illustrates how the meaning of our lives is sculpted through language. Those who love the study of linguistics and/or developmental psychology will find much to stimulate their thinking. Whether describing our crudest thoughts or most divine experiences the author' s words resonate with our own truths. I will definitely be recommending this book to my psychoanalytic study group. SJS

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