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"Wonderfully earnest and engaging. Think of Robert Persig in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance or B.F. Skinner in Walden Two."
— Los Angeles Time Book Review
"A thoughtful, fearlessly low-key novel about the role of our species on the planet"
laid out for us with an originality and an clarity that few would deny."
— The New York Times Book Review
"Deserves high marks as a serious—and all too rare—effort that is unflinchingly
engaged with fundamental life-and-death concerns."
— The Atlanta Constitution Journal
Daniel Quinn's novel Ishmael is one of today's most beloved novels of spiritual adventure. Winner of the half-million dollar Turner Tomorrow Award, the book has become a backlist bestseller and garnered rave reviews. "From now on," wrote Jim Britell in the Whole Earth Review, "I will divide the books I have read into two categories—the ones I read before Ishmael and those read after." Thousands of readers have responded to this unique and captivating story of a man who enters into a dialogue with a full-grown gorilla about humanity's place in nature. Now Daniel Quinn follows Ishmael with another story of a spiritual quest—this time his own—in PROVIDENCE: The Story of a Fifty-Year Vision Quest.
Posted December 11, 2001
This book won't shock and intrique like his other books, but if you are interested in his ideas, this book will shed some light on where they came from.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 8, 2001
For all lovers of Ishmael, this is necessary. Having studied Quinn, I attest that a full understanding of his arguments cannot be obtained without examining who he is as an individual. Highly recommended for all who read his other works.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 5, 2000
This is an intriguing book because it is about a terribly intriguing man. It would be crucial to and useful for educators and men and women of religion. These people would need to remember, however, that challenging something is not a bad thing and it is not for the sake of an argument. It is for the sake of betterment. Quinn shows in the book that he has been on both sides of religion and education. He wants to use these experiences for positive change. Through this book, he wants to benefit the reader and push towards this change. It is important that the change is not forwards or backwards, necessarily- but it wants a change in society to what works.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.