The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore

The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore

by Benjamin Hale
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The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore by Benjamin Hale

Bruno Littlemore is quite unlike any chimpanzee in the world. Precocious, self-conscious and preternaturally gifted, young Bruno, born and raised in a habitat at the local zoo, falls under the care of a university primatologist named Lydia Littlemore. Learning of Bruno's ability to speak, Lydia takes Bruno into her home to oversee his education and nurture his passion for painting. But for all of his gifts, the chimpanzee has a rough time caging his more primal urges. His untimely outbursts ultimately cost Lydia her job, and send the unlikely pair on the road in what proves to be one of the most unforgettable journeys — and most affecting love stories — in recent literature. Like its protagonist, this novel is big, loud, abrasive, witty, perverse, earnest and amazingly accomplished. The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore goes beyond satire by showing us not what it means, but what it feels like be human — to love and lose, learn, aspire, grasp, and, in the end, to fail.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781848875333
Publisher: Atlantic Books (UK)
Publication date: 04/28/2011

About the Author

Benjamin Hale is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, where he received a Provost's Fellowship to complete his novel, which also went on to win a Michener-Copernicus Award. He has been a night shift baker, a security guard, a trompe l'oeil painter, a pizza deliverer, a cartoonist, an illustrator and a technical writer. He grew up in Colorado and now lives in New York.

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The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
crazyladyteacher More than 1 year ago
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.
Heavensent1 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Aceskeno More than 1 year ago
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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