For Reading Monday this week, I’m taking part in the Favorite Summer Reads Blogfest organized by Cherie Reich.
The rules are simple.
Cherie says. “All you have to do is post on your blog between August 24-27 and tell us what is your favorite summer read. Please post a picture of a book’s cover art, a description of the book and why it is your favorite summer read. Then we can hop around and find great books.”
It is hard to choose from the books I’ve read in the past few months, but if I had to absolutely choose one, it would be one I have not talked about so far: The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore.
This is not a small book, and with my current attention span, it is a miracle I managed to finish something this big. What kept me hooked was the voice, the chimpanzee Bruno’s voice, that is.
To give you an idea of what I’m talking about, here is an excerpt from a description in the
An enlightened chimp goes on the wildest adventure since Every Which Way but Loose in Hale’s mischievous debut. Bruno Littlemore, the narrator chimp, eventually lands in a research lab at the University of Chicago, where he falls in love with Dr. Lydia Littlemore, who, shortly after hearing Bruno speak his name, takes him first to her apartment (sex is had, much later) and later to the quietude of a Colorado ranch owned by a couple of odd animal rights advocates. It is in this environment that Bruno becomes a fully articulate and artistic being, but the idyll does not last.
I don’t want to give out spoilers, and I recommend you pick up the book if you want to know more. There is a mixture of chills and reassurance in Bruno’s sardonic humor which I love. He makes us question what it means to be a human as only a creature that believes itself to be human can, and for that alone this book is worth a read.
And while your arms might ache with the weight of the book while reading this book on the beach, I have a feeling your mind would thank you.