Evolution of Bruno Littlemore
By Benjamin Hale
(Atlantic, Paperback, 9781848875340)
Publication Date: April 2012
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“The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore is a serious novel that manages to transform an interspecies love story into a journey into language, humanity, life and death. It cleverly challenges the reader to explore ancient philosophical themes while sharing a love story between a woman and a chimpanzee, which includes some very funny moments. The story leaves you thinking deeply about what it means to be human. Open the book - and your mind - and let Benjamin Hale take you away.”
-- Ed Conklin, Chaucer's Books, Santa Barbara, CA
Bruno Littlemore is quite unlike any chimpanzee in the world. He 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.