The narrator of this extraordinary tale is a man in search
for truth. He answers an ad in a local newspaper from a teacher looking for
serious pupils, only to find himself alone in an abandoned office with a
full-grown gorilla who is nibbling delicately on a slender branch. “You are the
teacher?” he asks incredulously. “I am the teacher,” the gorilla replies.
is a creature of immense wisdom and he has a story to tell, one that no other
human being has ever heard. It is a story that extends backward and forward
over the lifespan of the earth from the birth of time to a future there is
still time to save. Like all great teachers, Ishmael refuses to make the lesson
easy; he demands the final illumination to come from within ourselves. Is it
man’s destiny to rule the world? Or is a higher destiny possible for him—one
more wonderful than he has ever imagined?
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