The Ishmael Guestbook Archives: December 1996

I guess I'm on a sort of spiritual quest. I finished James Redfield's CELESTINE books and my wife suggested ISHMAEL. I only just began last night, but its been difficult to lay it down. I asked myself, "Why didn't I think to ask myself that question before?" Our culture certainly has lived with that myth long enough, and I'm looking forward to knowing what ape's knowledge can tell me about our real future.
Gary Weisenburger <>
Palo Alto, CA USA - Tuesday, December 31, 1996 at 17:16:09 (PST)
I have been reading the Story of B for the past few days. I am profoundly saddend by the immages of mass destruction which pass through my head. We (as Takers) are so conditioned and so removed from a healthy anamist view of the world, that I can only hope for some mass realization. When my head is more clear I will return and finish these thoughts. Woe to the being which carries the burdon of the realization he has destroyed not only himself but the whole of the world which created him. Only two generations!!
Jason Poley <>
Santa Barbara, CA USA - Tuesday, December 31, 1996 at 13:40:37 (PST)
(She recently lived out a fantasy, meeting Quinn at a book- signing in California!) I am grateful every day that these books came to be.
Jane Kenyon <>
Omaha, NE USA - Monday, December 30, 1996 at 18:09:00 (PST)
i was introduced to this marveouls book in my church (unitarian universalist) youth group. our church ordered a set and told us that we could borrow them or if we want purchase the book at the same price they paid. well i took the book and once i started i couldn't put it down. needless to say there wasn't a single person who read the book who didn't buy it. i loved the book and i am going to read it again. the only thing i didn't like is now mother culture won't shut up. thanks, Elizabeth Michalski p.s. i loved chapter 9
Elizabeth Michalski < or>
Baton Rouge, LA USA - Monday, December 30, 1996 at 13:28:44 (PST)
I posted not long ago, and have since been following along with the different readers' postings. Good stuff here, although I thought I would comment on the posting of Roger Karas on Dec. 22; I checked out his Web site, and found a typical radical reactionary response to a new idea. One particular example presented used a quote from, "Ishamel" (with permission??) out of context to try to discredit Quinn. I recently finished, "The Story of B," and it really drove home the message in, "Ishmael." It's amusing that Karas' basic assertion is in many ways correct: there IS a blasphemous tone in both, "Ishmael," and B, in that they propose that the humanocentric world view is not correct; all the major religions with which I have at least superficial familiarity (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, some Hinduism and some Buddhism) place humans in some sort of superior position in the grand cosmological scheme of things. And I guess we can't keep deceiving ourselves that way forever. Or for very much longer. Best wishes to all and hope for the future - tell all your friends, and as many strangers as you can, about, "Ishmael."
David Spaar <>
Oakton, VA USA - Monday, December 30, 1996 at 07:12:38 (PST)
For me, Quinn's work articulates things I have known since childhood but never had a name for. Nothing in his books came as a surprise to me, nothing was really "new", but it was deeply moving to see it all written down in one place. I'm at a point right now where I'm struggling to choose a new direction in my own life, find a way to live according to my values. Many readers here say their lives have been changed as a result of reading Quinn's work, but apart from one family lucky enough to be able to move to the mountains, no one has mentioned any concrete ways they've changed their lives. The changes required obviously go beyond the current well-intentioned but ultimately futile environmental movement (I'm a freelancer who writes about conservation & development, and just about anyone in the conservation biz will confirm a distinct lack of hope), but what does he suggest we in fact DO? As someone else mentioned, a few thousand Ishmael fans heading off to live in the bush will have little impact on the six billion or so who don't. Anyone have any concrete and original ideas? Cheers, Sue
Sue Sutton <>
Edmonton, AB Canada - Sunday, December 29, 1996 at 20:06:50 (PST)
Excellent book. Thought provoking, and rather depressing. Read it as part of a course on environmental and occupational health at St. Louis University. Have since passed it on to several friends--only two of whom took it to heart as I did. We'll keep trying!
S. Burgess-Griffin/David Griffin <>
Edwardsville, IL USA - Sunday, December 29, 1996 at 15:08:51 (PST)
Great book. It has been the focus of many discussions since I read it a few months ago.
Joe Austin <>
South Portland, ME USA - Sunday, December 29, 1996 at 14:05:13 (PST)
Brian J. Birmingham <>
Dallas, TX USA - Sunday, December 29, 1996 at 10:00:45 (PST)
I read the book in 1995 and enjoyed it, but I was already familiar with the themes, so that wasn't much new for me. I had not seen the interpretation of hunter-gatherers vs. agriculturalists before, however. I had the opportunity to meet Jonas Salk last year immediately before he died, and he had read Ishmael also. We didn't speak about it, however. Be well, Matthew
Matthew Shapiro <>
Boise, ID USA - Sunday, December 29, 1996 at 01:52:31 (PST)
Just read "What's that sucking sound on the prairie?" at Another voice of Mother Culture tells us that prairie dogs are "in the way" of ranchers, farmers and developers in the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains. A couple of enterprising takers have converted a sewer truck into a giant vacuum, and are sucking thousands of prairie dogs out of their tunnels and trucking them off to be food for endangered eagles, hawks and ferrets. It's a matter of responsible ecology, one of them is quoted. That's nice. Since reading Ishmael, I am so accutely aware of our stupidity that I am depressed. New Year's Day Theosophical Society in St. Petersburg, FL. is putting on a reading of Ishmael. That's my contribution. I wish I could think of more. Looking forward to postings of Friends of Ishmael groups in my area.
Susan Ham <>
Clearwater, FL USA - Saturday, December 28, 1996 at 19:17:41 (PST)
Ishmael and Providence have had an incredible influence on my life. I thank Quinn for sharing his knowledge and experience from life so that we can learn from it, as well. I found that the only think I disagreed with was his view on vegetarianism. Curios to know what others thought?
trisha Newton <>
Olympia, , wa USA - Saturday, December 28, 1996 at 19:12:07 (PST)
Reading Ishmael changed my life. I experienced a mind-shift which no longer allows me to be forgetful of the life on earth other than human life and the human life that came before the Agricultural Revolution.I will always be grateful to Daniel Quinn for what he is doing to help us. J.McCall
Jack McCall <>
Raleigh, NC USA - Saturday, December 28, 1996 at 15:17:53 (PST)
I was inspired to make a new vision even more a part of my life, and I look forward to working with others to do so.
Gabriel Greene <>
Healdsburg, CA USA - Saturday, December 28, 1996 at 08:15:57 (PST)
I don't recall another book which has so profoundly changed my view of the world. ISHMAEL is a remarkable piece of work that serves to reshape views on where human kind is headed. Kudos to Mr. Quinn for presenting his insights in such a delightful manner. My only regret in reading ISHMAEL is that I do not know as much as I would like about the historical, scientific, and religious content referred to in the book. I shall hopefully learn more and read the book again and I'm looking forward to reading more of Mr. Quinn's works.
Adrienne Steinberg <>
Charlottesville, VA USA - Friday, December 27, 1996 at 08:11:14 (PST)
I'm only 16 years old and I'm so glad that I read this book at this point in my life. I often feel the need to help the world around me. Somehow I view things differently than my peers. When I read Ishmael over Christmas vacation, it reassured me that my desire to help was not only OK, but necessary. I'd like to give my utmost thanks to Mr. Quinn. As sentimental as this sounds, he has truly changed my life in these past two days. I hope that I can give back to the world as much as he has given to me.
Anon <Anon>
Mission Viejo, CA USA - Thursday, December 26, 1996 at 23:31:57 (PST)
Hi all - Happy Winter Solstice to you all! We (in the Northern Hemisphere) are now on the upswing to Summer -- great news for those of you shoveling snow this morning! Hang in there friends, the Spring wouldn't be so sweet without the winter...of course, I'm in, all I shovel is... I break in on the guestbook not just to update you on the solar cycles, but to bring you news of new material added to this website and the Bnetwork at The link below will take you to the "What's New/Current Events" section of this website where you can see the details. Also, coming soon...a new division that will allow you all to find "Friends of Ishmael" in your area. We hope that this will allow you all to hook up with others that have a common vision for the future and maybe form some working relationships to make the changes that you see are reasonable for your area. I also want to remind you of what you are possibly missing on this site and so suggest that you visit the Ishmael Site Index at Alan
Webmaster <>
Houston, TX USA - Tuesday, December 24, 1996 at 14:31:00 (PST)
Discovered Ishmael a couple of years ago. Wow...!!! (Yesterday found "The Story of B"-- moving right along now...) Both books articulate matters I now realize I was 'feeling' but had not recognized. Both books also (implicitly) present an enormous question. There isn't enough room for all of us now. Less in future. Can anyone conceivably suppose that the present situation (based on massive technological exploitation) is likely to be abandoned by those now managing it? Campaign financing reform is considerably more likely, and that's not saying much. What possible modification of ANYTHING can offer a solution? Stop pumping oil? Stop mining coal? Stop generating electricity? Stop driving automobiles? Stop commercial agricultural production? There will be consequences. A thousand or ten thousand so-called "self-sufficient" homesteads in Montana or Idaho will have no noticeable effect on world-wide industrial pollution, on megacities, on environmental destruction. In this country (USA) we've already learned that power is not in the hands of the voters. Most other places it never was. As B. says-- we're not humanity. Life will go on. Human beings will be here. But first -- some serious downsizing, I think.
Tom Carey <>
Norcross, GA USA - Tuesday, December 24, 1996 at 09:27:00 (PST)
This is a book with "arguably blasphemous content (when compared to the Christian world-view)". Check out my Web page titled: "Ishmael: A Christian's Perspective" at
Roger Karas <>
St. Charles, IL USA - Sunday, December 22, 1996 at 21:33:28 (PST)
i am dumb
frank fruhauf <>
the pike, oh USA - Sunday, December 22, 1996 at 12:59:26 (PST)
What more is there to say about Daniel Quinn and Ishmael? Any thinking person who has read this book is now beginning his/her own evolution. Hope and love and SUPPORT to all of us!
Dawn Peel <>
Spring Lake, MI USA - Saturday, December 21, 1996 at 19:12:20 (PST)
We thought it was the most profound book we ever read. We are currently reading "The Story of B". WOW!! Food, the whole problem with Western/Eastern Civilizations. We should start networking by using bumperstickers. How can we get a "Friend of Ishmael" sticker? We suggest "Are You B?" and "I Am B". I would put them right next to my Darwin evolving fish sticker, and right next to my "Nothing Fails Like Prayer" and "No Gods, No Masters". Would like to hear from other readers of Quinn's books.
Marv Blackman and Kay Dickey and children <>
Diamond Springs, CA USA - Saturday, December 21, 1996 at 12:44:19 (PST)
We thought it was the most profound book we ever read. We are currently reading "The Story of B". WOW!! Food, the whole problem with Western/Eastern Civilizations. We should start networking by using bumperstickers. How can we get a "Friend of Ishmael" sticker? We suggest "Are You B?" and "I Am B". I would put them right next to my Darwin evolving fish sticker, and right next to my "Nothing Fails Like Prayer" and "No Gods, No Masters". Would like to hear from other readers of Quinn's books.
Marv Blackman and Kay Dickey and children <>
Diamond Springs, CA USA - Saturday, December 21, 1996 at 12:44:19 (PST)
A profound, thought-provoking read that may change a point of view or two -- and in that way change the world.
Myron Horbachevsky <>
New York, NY USA - Friday, December 20, 1996 at 10:44:48 (PST)
I was very moved by Ishmael, and intrigued by Quinn's idea of "species culture". I truly believe that, below the surface, people feel a lack of fulfillment because of their "disconnection from the natural world". I also appreciated that the book was written with a respect to the attributes of other beings, not the typically patronizing slant of their owing their existence to the benevolence of humans. In a nutshell, I felt as if I was reading the thoughts that had been in my head for a long time, but that I hadn't given a concrete form to.
Kimberly Kelly <>
St. Louis, MO USA - Friday, December 20, 1996 at 10:39:11 (PST)
Very enlightening although I disagreed with some of it. After reading it, I admit I was pessimistic about human beings even though I realize that wasn't the exact message.
Christine Beserra <cbeserra@ppldorg>
Colorado Springs, CO USA - Friday, December 20, 1996 at 10:33:09 (PST)
I've read Ishmael and so has most of my family. We decided to become as "leaver" as possible. We sold our house of eighteen year occupation and moved to Colorado, to a high mountain pass. Our house is small and gets what power we need from the sun and wind. This has taken all of our savings and profits from the old house but we could not be happier. I read some of the responses to Ishmael here in the guest book and see alot of people that have tied their noodles in knots thinking about how to save the world. I have this to say to that: Start small start with yourself- you can change the world but first you have to change yourself. Good luck.
Zack Zeiset <>
Salida, CO USA - Thursday, December 19, 1996 at 08:41:33 (PST)
A truly thaught-provoking novel, but then you allready know that.. It certanly made me re-think the way I conduct my affairs. SInce reading the Book myself, I have given it to several people to read. One of whom gave me 'The Book of B' this holliday season. I am now deeply enraptured in that fine novel. I can only hope that more people read Daniel Q.'s works and see the faults in thier ways. Only then can we truly be at peace with ourselves as a culture, and as individuals. Thanks Danielle G! ~John Z.~
John D. Zehnpfennig II <>
Big Bamberg, By Germany - Wednesday, December 18, 1996 at 07:24:05 (PST)
The first time I read, "Ishmael," it thoroughly depressed me. While I was spellbound by the elegant simplicity with which Ishmael untied the blindfold which has hidden my eyes my whole life, the realization that our lifestyle is WRONG, and will not likely change, made me sad, ashamed, and depressed. I was pleased to realize that although Taker culture, if it continues unabated, is doomed, LIFE is not necessarily doomed, not even human life! It is the death of a culture we may be heading for, not the death of the earth. I have read the December postings to the Ishmael web site and saw a writer refer to, "the virus of man," a sentiment to which I can easily relate. Our cities are teeming with apathy and pollution, like festering sores on the face of a leper, and from a cosmic perspective I can imagine how Mother Earth must feel compared to other planets. She must look like she has some disease which causes scaly abrasions and which ooze poisonous chemicals. And it HAS to be stopped! The truly maddening thing about the whole situation is being able to SEE the problem so clearly, thanks to Daniel Quinn, and yet be limited to this lifestyle nonetheless, due to the thirty-plus-years of conditioning I've already received. While I personally might be able to walk away from this lifestyle if I had the opportunity, where might I go? There is nowhere in the United States to simply go wander about and live as a hunter-gatherer; all the land is "owned" by someone or something; freedom in that sense is a complete myth, and as Ishmael explained, we are all prisoners of our society. I apologize for rambling on like this, I get heated up when I start thinking on this topic. If anyone reading this has any references for books or other information sources related to this topic, and has some idea of how to help spread the word (and I DO pass my copy of the book around as much as possible), please don't hesitate to email me. Thanks for your time, and thanks to Daniel Quinn for his most excellent effort!!
David M. Spaar <>
Oakton, VA USA - Wednesday, December 18, 1996 at 06:53:48 (PST)
I've read Ishmael twice, and expect to go back repreatedly. I found it revealing and inspiring and depressing all at once. And this should depress us all: I picked it for my book club, and all 4 other readers COULD NOT GET PAST the idea of some gorilla lecturing them on how they should live. Human superiority was a given, and I was unable to persuade them to think outside the box, even for a bit. Reading the other responses here does give me some hope. I am now reading "The Story of B", and may next go to "Ancient Futures: Learning From Ladakh."
Cheryl Gandl <>
Reston, VA USA - Tuesday, December 17, 1996 at 14:21:34 (PST)
Cuts to the heart of the matter. Required reading for h.s. or college graduation
Gary Smith <>
Anaheim, CA USA - Monday, December 16, 1996 at 16:39:03 (PST)
This book changed my life. I had always thought along the lines drawn in this book but was never able to tie them together as effectively as you have done. Thank you!!
Eric Austin <>
Dover, DE USA - Monday, December 16, 1996 at 00:17:19 (PST)
I feel that Ishmael was the first of many sources I have read lately that has a message that is more important than any other. I only wish that others could see it the same way.
Leigh Keller <>
Kingsville, Md. USA - Friday, December 13, 1996 at 21:36:21 (PST)
I read Ishmael over a year ago and have loaned out my copy every chance I can. Now with B out I find myself on the way to the USED bookstore to find a copy of B and Ishmael. With this I can both spread the word and be less of a taker. My view of the world as a whole living entity since reading Ishmael is that this planet will survive long after the virus known as manh as ran its corse. Earth will survive and evolve.
Bob Smith <>
Fort Worth, TX USA - Friday, December 13, 1996 at 19:27:53 (PST)
For me, *Ishmael*, *Providence*, and *The Story of B* are the most provocative, the most amazing, the most extraordinary books I have ever read. They have had an impact on my life like no others. They take my breath away. To Daniel Quinn, I can only repeat what many others are saying and have said... Thank you!! A deeply felt, from the center of my soul, Thank you!!
Sarah <>
Bay Area, CA USA - Friday, December 13, 1996 at 16:19:48 (PST)
One of the best books I ever read
Erik Glassman <>
Pepper Pike, OH USA - Friday, December 13, 1996 at 11:18:42 (PST)
This book really made me reevaluate my thinking and my beliefs about our society and culture. It was educational and informative and very enjoyable
Brian Belkin <>
Cleveland, OH USA - Friday, December 13, 1996 at 11:05:48 (PST)
I enjoyed the book,, thanks
M.Graines <>
cleveland, OH USA - Friday, December 13, 1996 at 09:05:35 (PST)
"Ishmael" was one of two assigned novels in my Philosophy and Human Destiny class at the University of Oklahoma--the other was Marlo Morgan's "Mutant Message Down Under". Both were worth the time spent, but Ishmael didn't just portray the Leaver lifes tyle as attractive--it showed why it's the way that works for humans. This book did initially cause me to feel very disturbed; it's not easy to accept the fact that you've been lied to all of your life. But i found comfort in Quinn's latest novel, "The Story of B". This latest novel does a very good job of presenting the message, but it also ends by making the focus of the story the reader. It not only gives the truth, it tells us what to do--give that truth to others--become B. If you've not yet rea d B, please do.
Heath Stevens <>
Norman, OK USA - Friday, December 13, 1996 at 01:16:45 (PST)
This is wonderful. It warms my heart to see the internet being used for something good for once. Thanks.
Sam Boone-Lutz <>
Walla Walla, WA USA - Thursday, December 12, 1996 at 23:36:16 (PST)
As a bookseller and spirituality/philosophy buyer for a large independent bookstore, I am presented with books containing all manner of "enlightened" teachings. Daniel Quinn has successfully written two novels of such profound depth that I feel sure, if given careful reading and consideration, will encourage and push new levels of philosophic, spiritual and environmental publishing. To see so many authors putting out works of argumentation concerning the future evolutuion of the human species and con sciousness, and still feeling the need to appeal to the larger culture by toning down their message is disheartening. We need people like Quinn to push the envelope and allow the message to flow throughout.
Derek Lawrence <>
Denver, Co USA - Thursday, December 12, 1996 at 23:26:36 (PST)
I 'found' this book at the bookstore of Lewis and Clark College. It seems it is one of the texts in a philosophy class. My son is a freshman and we have shared about the book, with my son looking to enroll in the class as soon as he is able. True t o the comment on the cover, my reading og Ishamel separates all books that I have read, and challenges all that I have believed. It has started me thinking that it is possible to make changes on a simple level, and, that it is the simple things that are easiest to lose sight of.
Richard J. Cook <cookrrneo>
Reno, nv USA - Thursday, December 12, 1996 at 20:44:33 (PST)
I love Ishmael. It changed my life, I think. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Daniel Quinn.
Nell Varn <>
Hartsville, SC USA - Thursday, December 12, 1996 at 17:15:47 (PST)
later this month i'll be taking place on a journey much like the one i experienced while reading ISHMAEL. the program is the Quest, at the LaTerre Bioreginal Institute in pass christian, ms... my reading of ISHMAEL is one of the reasons that i'll be there. i encourage all that who are interested in a better understanding of their place in the Universe and spirituality to explore this wonderful exploration into one's self. (feel free to contact me for more information) thank you daniel quinn, thank you ishmael.
n. jude suhor <>
new orleans, la usa - Thursday, December 12, 1996 at 17:05:00 (PST)
Without a doubt the best and most profound book I have ever read.
Robert G. Byron <>
Hardin, MT USA - Wednesday, December 11, 1996 at 21:06:28 (PST)
Feels like Paul on the road to Damascus must have felt - changed! The question is, how can I assure myself that this is fundamentally different from those who suddenly feel their lives changed by, say, a religious experience - like Paul? Gut says TRUE, mind says "probably". If true, what is first priority? Preserving Leaver cultures? Learning from them how to "walk away" from our own? Population reduction? Does Quinn drive a car or eat meat? How would one living under the Nazis have coped with that understanding?
Ting Barrow <>
New York, NY USA - Wednesday, December 11, 1996 at 15:40:23 (PST)
All I could manage last month was a breathless "wow." I have since completed the book and am ready to read "The Story of B." Ishmael articulated for me vague suspicions I've had about the Judeo-Christian programming that has been thrust at me since c hildhood. The part that's still missing is reconciling the spiritual place of humanity in the universe (see Deepak Chopra). Perhaps "B" will go there. I just hope I have the courage to DO something with this knowledge. I did not know how blissful my i gnorance was. I think I'll start with my bike.
Michael McKeown <>
Austin, TX USA - Wednesday, December 11, 1996 at 08:30:59 (PST)
I read Ishmael once a year. I'd vote for it as "book that has most influenced my life".
Cindy Goss <>
charlotte, nc USA - Tuesday, December 10, 1996 at 11:24:59 (PST)
I just found out about the book. Just the idea of it (from the summaries) and the hope it represents... well, I'm off to the library.
Anna Summers <>
Raleigh, NC USA - Monday, December 09, 1996 at 11:00:41 (PST)
Ishmael has enlightened my awareness about our existence here on this earth. It has given me hope that these insights will be shared by many and the takers may soon become leavers.
Howard Bright <>
Harpers Ferry, IA USA - Sunday, December 08, 1996 at 16:06:42 (PST)
Frist, I read the Tao Te Ching and I was inspired to change myself. Then, I read Ishmael and was inspired to change the world! Now, I am reading The Story of B and I can hardly wait.
David Etzold <>
milford, NJ USA - Saturday, December 07, 1996 at 19:23:04 (PST)
Ishmael changed forever the way I look at the world.
James S. Gilham <>
Miami, FL USA - Friday, December 06, 1996 at 16:42:01 (PST)
I am a student at Keene State College, it is a surprise to see the Novel ISHMAEL on the web. I'm now currently reading the book for a Macroeconomics class. The web site is great, thanks for the useful information.
Steve Bolduc <>
Keene, NH USA - Friday, December 06, 1996 at 08:47:47 (PST)
After reading this I feel very small, very ashamed of all of us, and sad. What a wonderful way to make a point--we are all pupils!
dcwilliams <>
Salem, VA USA - Thursday, December 05, 1996 at 18:07:07 (PST)
Inshmael is neat - B is better
Johan Johan <none>
seattle, wa USA - Thursday, December 05, 1996 at 10:38:27 (PST)
Daniel Quinn has laid out the problems we face marvelously but those ideas are now loose and it is up to us to turn them into some kind of dynamic force for change.We now need visionaries to take the next step and after reading Ishmael we are all now p art of the vision. Let's get organised.
Tom Foremski <>
Forestville, CA USA - Wednesday, December 04, 1996 at 21:34:34 (PST)
ishmael was the most amazing book ive ever read.richard bachs books-"johnathon livingstone seagull" and "illusions" were the first to inspire me but ISHMAEL conpleted rerouted my thought processes.i have an entirely new vision opf the the size of the responses list it looks like im not the only one.we have hope,and more importantly, a starting point to revolutionise our festering society.
rik <>
melbourne, vc australia - Wednesday, December 04, 1996 at 18:10:43 (PST)
It is my bible now. I needed a direction for my fruitless actions and now I have one
Matthew Branch <>
Mequon, Wi USA - Wednesday, December 04, 1996 at 11:50:18 (PST)
A life-altering book that we all need to re-read periodically to remind us where to center ourselves. I read it in one sitting--and that's not easy to do with three small children! I also tremendously enjoyed _Providence_. As an homeschooler who co nsiders myself an UNschooler, I especially appreciated Mr. Quinn's comments about education nestled in the middle of that book. It is, indeed, also my idea of a perfect educational setting, and one I hope I'll be able to arrange for my children one day. I direct you, Mr. Quinn, to works by John Holt and John Taylor Gatto. Thank you for sharing Ismael with the world!
Leslie Moyer <>
Skiatook, OK USA - Tuesday, December 03, 1996 at 22:35:00 (PST)
I liked it alot.....It made me think, something I don't like doing. I really liked the way Ishmael gradually made the student answer his own before he would answer them for the student ....and went on to letting him think!If I had a te acher like that maybe I would learn to like thinking!
Nicole S. <>
San Francisco , CA USA - Tuesday, December 03, 1996 at 20:25:25 (PST)
I must confess I have not read the books yet..I arrive here as a result of doing a search on Marlo Morgan, whose book Mutant Message Down Under I just finished last night.. It has affected me very much and still is making whirlpools in my mind.. I will read Ishmael and the Story of B next.
Chong See Ming <>
Subang Jaya , Malaysia - Tuesday, December 03, 1996 at 17:54:48 (PST)
The implications of human kind's thoughtlessness is made crystal clear. I used to lay most of the blame on our third-world neighbors, but after looking around for a while, I find that we're not doing that much better.
Bob Medlock <>
Denver, CO USA - Tuesday, December 03, 1996 at 13:55:27 (PST)
Excellent book! I haven't finished reading yet, but couldn't wait to find out more about the author. I am always impressed by people who don't follow the paved path and Quinn has certainly shown that he is capable of original thinking.
Leonard Rivers <>
Columbus, OH USA - Monday, December 02, 1996 at 20:06:18 (PST)
My entire high school sociology class read this book, and it really made us all think. We've had some interesting discussions about this book. I don't exactly agree with everything this book suggests, and some of the ideas have disturbed me a little. However, reading this book was truly an enlightening experience. I now feel that I have joined the ranks of the friends of Ishmael.
Meredith A. <>
Troy, OH USA - Monday, December 02, 1996 at 18:24:12 (PST)
I read Ishmael after hearing an interview with Daniel Quinn on public radio.I was moved enough to write to his po box listed in the back of the book (using snail mail - definately a special occasion!) It's really nice to see that his work has touched s o many people and I'm glad people are passing his message along.To get out of the mess we have made it is going to take a change in consciousness - and I think this page is bearing witness to the birth of this change. Thanks for giving us a place to share .
Randi Neff <>
Cullowhee, NC USA - Monday, December 02, 1996 at 12:07:36 (PST)
My favorite point was the one about Adam being the first of his culture, the first Taker, and not the first human and the end of creation.
Danielle Ginnard <>
Clinton Twp., MI USA - Monday, December 02, 1996 at 10:16:36 (PST)
Welcome to the December Guestbook...remember to check out the previous months worth of posts...
Webmaster <>
Houston, TX USA - Sunday, December 01, 1996 at 15:36:06 (PST)