The Ishmael Guestbook Archives: 2-15 May 1997

Thank You for such a wonderful experience! I read Ishmael in my Social Ethics class here at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Ca! Great literature!! I plan to read more of your work, Mr. Quinn, as soon as I am done with grueling finals!! Thank You!!!
Amanda Svensson <>
Santa Barbara, Ca USA - Thursday, May 15, 1997 at 21:03:26 (PDT)
How quickly the ideas have become commercialized.
Dr. David Simpson <>
Waukesha, WI USA - Wednesday, May 14, 1997 at 18:00:14 (PDT)
I have never been the same since I read all three of Daniel Quinn's books. I think he is a genius for telling it like it is. It is just the truth and nothing more. I think that I must scare people when i recomend the books to them, because I feel so strongly about the message that i get carried away trying to explain it. How can I summerize it into a neat little package that makes sense and also sounds apealing? Never the less, I do recomend them to almost everyone I meet.
Amy DeLong <>
Los Altos , CA USA - Wednesday, May 14, 1997 at 17:59:57 (PDT)
Daniel Quinn put into words thoughts and emotions I've always had. I would love the opportunity to meet him in person, or to hear him lecture. His book has become something of a bible for me.
Robert Sacks <>
Portland, OR USA - Tuesday, May 13, 1997 at 10:00:06 (PDT)
I read this book in 2 days, just couldn't put it down! Recently finished "The Story of B" in 3 days and can't wait for the new one! I got my B.A. in Anthropology a couple of years ago and think that this book should have been at least recommended rea ding for all Cultural Anthropology classes. It seems like Anthropologists as a whole have a great interest and respect for tribal cultures of today and obviously for previous homo sapien cultures, but that nobody wants to take it as far as Mr. Quinn has. If only I could afford to send this book to all my old professors.....
Holly Deibel <>
Orange County, CA USA - Sunday, May 11, 1997 at 17:17:27 (PDT)
An opener. My ancient history instructor, Bill Secrest, gave me this book to read. I want to pass it on and help open other minds.
Maria Reyes <>
Melvindale, MI USA - Friday, May 09, 1997 at 12:57:47 (PDT)
This book is great!!!! Being in Highschool(MHS) and having a lot of work to do , I never am able to put the book DOWN!!!! Now I just have to wait for the sequel!!
Courtney <>
Hershey, pa USA - Friday, May 09, 1997 at 11:03:48 (PDT)
yesterday I signed and told a bit about myself and my family mentioning having 5 children. Today I got a nasty hateful letter from a pam out of Tucson telling me they dont want BREEDERS of 5 children in Tucson that destroy their desert. My 9 year old was very upset reading the mail to be referred to as a bred thing notknowing how we got those children we find it very rude to get such a reply from this site. So now we have to move to Tucson to educate a few more people - no way around it now. and to Pam reacting the way you did will not further your cause at all, to act rude and immature will only hurt you and your desert. with love no matter what, to all beings - a hurt Mother
Christine Skarin <>
USA - Friday, May 09, 1997 at 09:28:25 (PDT)
During the reading of Ishmael I had the impression that perhaps my reading comprehension or my concentration had improved, due to the amount of reading I have been doing for the past several months. To my surprise I realize that it was the clearness of Mr. Quinns message that caused such a strong feeling of comprehension. I have to say that Ismael had my full attention and The Story of B has proven to be every bit as enjoyable to read. Thank you Mr. Quinn.
Roger Butler <>
Leander, Tx USA - Thursday, May 08, 1997 at 20:22:15 (PDT)
TERRACE, BBC CANADA - Thursday, May 08, 1997 at 13:23:35 (PDT)
Ishmael asked the questions I knew where out there but I couldnt put them in words. I was born and raised in Europe were people are more out spoken about the world around them. My American husband and I and our 5 children are atheists and living in the US (since 89) as such, is much harder than in Europe. After we found Ishmael, Providence and B we knew there are like minded souls who care about the world and dont see themselves as superiour beeings. Our children 21,18,15,9,9, have either read or have been introduced to Ishmeal, B, and the thoughts it provokes. We will move to Tucson soon, if there are any friends of Ishmael out there please Email. To Mr Quinn - Dankeschön ( thank you) for having the patience to wait until Ishmael was ready to be written and not giving up on life. It gave our family hope, now we dont feel quite so lost with all these religious maniacs around us. I feel like B at times, shunned by many but always pushing the thought, trying to pull the blinds off peoples brains, which can be quite an undertaking in the midwest. It is hard to B in the USA many glass ceilings if you dont belong. Think about it - How long could B survive in this country where everybody pushes their religion like a microsoft product???? Well I am rambling take care of yourself and please keep writing!!!!
Christine B Skarin <>
Dunlap, IA USA - Thursday, May 08, 1997 at 11:56:42 (PDT)
I've said my say about _Ishmael_, and _The Story of B_ too, in the B-net guestbook. Nuff said. Others here may be interested in this link:, a review of the book _The Final Empire_, by William H. Kotke. From the re viewer's introduction, I quote: "Any honest appraisal of the way modern society enters the twenty-first century must indeed be glum. So dark is the human stain upon the planet, one must wonder if some retrograde virus has invaded our consciousness. Certai nly brilliance has shown through periodically in the ten thousand years of human civilization, but voracious urban expansion and unconscionable waste have ravaged the living surface of the planet." \snip\ "No sudden mutation, no global epidemic, no catas trophic earth event would be a surprise. We have erred. We have lost our way. The Empire has failed." I haven't read this book as yet. Has anyone?
Thomas E. Carey <>
Norcross, GA USA - Wednesday, May 07, 1997 at 19:11:08 (PDT)
This is the second time I write in this guestbook. I think that it is sad that it is only Americans who have discovered Ishmael. The book concernes the whole globe. After I read the book I have been more thoughtful to the nature and I think that every one that have read it, will react the same as I did. If any Swedes sees this, please don´t hesitate to mail me. Öhman
Michael Öhman <>
Bollebygd, Sweden - Wednesday, May 07, 1997 at 15:25:23 (PDT)
I'm only in the 6th chapter but this book has made me look at evolution in a whole different perspective and it's amazing how true the bok seem but I do believe a lot of what the book has to say about how we are lying to our selves and that we are capt ive also that we will never get any where if we don't shape up. I feel that we need to forget our anthroposentric veiw of life because I have a really big feeling that we arn't it.
Alicia Hughlett <>
Camphill, PA USA - Wednesday, May 07, 1997 at 10:41:35 (PDT)
It is true
Jason Huberty <>
Madison, WI USA - Tuesday, May 06, 1997 at 09:15:48 (PDT)
Have connected with several people in the Portland area that would like to form an "Ishmael" salon, using the Utne Salon as a model. Would love to hear from other Oregon readers (or SW Washington) that would be interested in a discussion group. As a very spiritual, but not religious, person, I was profoundly affected by this book. The fact that I just recently discovered and read it means, right now, in this place, in this mind frame, I was ready to hear the message...... and I am ready to take action.
Sonja Lee Svenson <>
Salem, OR USA - Monday, May 05, 1997 at 10:59:44 (PDT)
This book, given to me by my son, has changed my life spiritually, changed the way I live and think. It has put me on a quest for more information. Having been brought up in a "christian environment" and and nine years of "religious grade schoo l", my new beliefs have schocked quite a few believers. If people would allow themselves to evolve, it would be a much simpler world. I thank you from my whole heart and soul.
Ernie Vieluf <>
Fredericksburg, Tx USA - Sunday, May 04, 1997 at 13:25:21 (PDT)
As a person who studies the Bible as a body of literature and, in a greater sense, a kind of history, I found this book to be fascinating and unforgetable. So many points in Ishmael made me question how we got here and where we are going and every ques tion I had produced more questions. When I saw that a critic said that he will now divide the books he's ever read into the ones he read before Ismael and the ones he's read after, I thought, "sure, whatever." But now I am in the same situation. Thank you for changing my comfortable world! (And for clearing up so many questions and giving me more.)
Linda Nager <>
Dallas, Tx USA - Saturday, May 03, 1997 at 18:25:44 (PDT)
Hi all --

Just checking in to let you know that I am still here and still keeping up with the website. In case you have not noticed, the focus around here is shifting to the Bnetwork -- not because Ishmael doesn't still have a lot to teach us (indeed, My Ishmael will prove that he does have a LOT more to say!), it's just that The Story of B is what's out in the public right now -- on the shelves.

That said, there are lots of new things on the horizon at the room, a people-information-service-support directory of the Bnetwork (we will let you know when we are ready to accept new records...), ne ighborhood meetings, and a lot more. Not to mention Daniel's new book (My Ishmael) due out in November.... Keep your eye on the Bnetwork!

p.s. Need a webmaster (who is B)?

The Webmaster <>
Houston, TX USA - Friday, May 2, 1997

This book was the second book that has stirred deep and profound feelings within my soul. I keep thinking: Something needs to be done, but what can I do? I must say I have been forming my own thoughts about the Earth and my own ideas about how things came to be and Ishmael solidified each thing. Its all connected. I don't know... I am alittle apprehensive about huge causes to undertake, its my nature. I question everything. But there is something deep within me saying "This is true". I guess I am trying to say thank you for putting these words into print ,for trying to make a change. I am asking now- What can I do? Thanx.
Joseph Derer <>
Port Huron, MI USA - Friday, May 02, 1997 at 16:42:51 (PDT)
I read this book for my Theories of Human Nature Englsh class. The other things we read, books like The Stranger, The Sea Wolf, short stories by Flannery O'Connor and In Dubious Battle all these seem irrelevant now that I have read that there is no "r ight way to live" and that much of what we think is human nature is not at all. It's also a good thing to read to go along with another course I am taking: Intro to Religious Studies, a Philosophy class. It helps me further my knowledge of religion being twisted to fit the greed of many within our culture. It's one of those books that applies to just about every thing you can think of.
Bridget Madden <>
Weymouth, MA USA - Friday, May 02, 1997 at 16:42:16 (PDT)
My name is Alnisa M. Webb. I go to a private school in Hershey,PA called Milton Hershey School. I'm a 9th grade student and my teacher Susan Arnold has introduced me to the book Ishmael. have found the book very intriguing and it has made me think about the way live and about how we as a human race lives. I just wanted to let you know what an impact this book has left on me and haven't even finished it yet!
Alnisa M. Webb <>
Hershey, PA USA - Friday, May 02, 1997 at 16:41:33 (PDT)
I am currently reading Ishmael in class. My friends and I are experincing the strange phenomena that goes along with the book. I would highly recommend this book to my friends and family. I would just like to thank my teacher, Miss Arnold, for givi ng this book to us and Mr. Quinn for writing the book.
Jamal Smith <>
HERSHEY, PA USA - Friday, May 02, 1997 at 16:40:22 (PDT)