The Woman and the Ape: A Novel

Paperback | October 30, 2007

byPeter Hoeg

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The Woman and the Ape is the story of a unique and unforgettable couple--Madelene and Erasmus. Madelene is the wife of Adam Burden, a distinguished behavioral scientist. Erasmus--the unlikely prince--is a 300-pound ape. Brought to the Burdens' London home after escaping from animal smugglers, Erasmus is discovered to be a highly intelligent anthropoid ape, the closest thing yet to a human being. Madelene decides to save Erasmus, and between them blossoms a profound affection as deep as any human relationship. A fable for our time, The Woman and the Ape poses searching questions about the nature of love, freedom, and humanity.

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The Woman and the Ape is the story of a unique and unforgettable couple--Madelene and Erasmus. Madelene is the wife of Adam Burden, a distinguished behavioral scientist. Erasmus--the unlikely prince--is a 300-pound ape. Brought to the Burdens' London home after escaping from animal smugglers, Erasmus is discovered to be a highly intell...

Peter Høeg, born in 1957 in Denmark, followed various callings--dancer, actor, sailor, fencer, and mountaineer--before turning seriously to writing. He is the bestselling author of five novels and one short story collection. His work has been published in thirty-three countries.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:261 pages, 8.26 × 5.59 × 0.73 inPublished:October 30, 2007Publisher:Picador USALanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0312427123

ISBN - 13:9780312427122

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"The Woman and the Ape has many arrestingly stylish and inventive passages and an overall brilliance of tone that shows once again the originality of Mr. Høeg's voice." -The New York Times"A witty, compelling thriller that touches a primal nerve that has lain dormant since King Kong fell hard for Fay Wray." -Francine Prose, People"This decade's most offbeat love story . . . Funny, often touching, and definitely inventive." -David Walton, St. Petersburg Times"The Woman and the Ape is great fun to read. . . . Peter Høeg has written an intelligent novel of ideas and slyly disguised it as a lighthearted comedy. . . . He's figured out how to blend his various styles into a distinctive voice that's satiric, deadpan funny, at once warm and cool." -Brigitte Frase, Newsday"No imaginative writer working today is any more daring than Danish novelist Peter Høeg, any more willing to shock readers with something that is genuinely new. . . . He does it again with this utterly original mix of fantasy, fable, myth, and love story." -Bill Ott, Booklist (starred review)"This should confirm Peter Høeg's place as one of the most creative and interesting authors today." -Elizabeth D. Dickie, Richmond Times-Dispatch"One of the most griping books I've read in years. It moved me so deeply that by the end I found myself weeping." -Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, The Village Voice Literary Supplement"An engrossing fable." -Deloris Ament, The Seattle Times