The Finite Chimps By Tom Conrad

51Ic5CWV9hL__BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-52,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_‘Oo oo wah!’ Dylan Thomas sang some more, now toward both younger chimps, and his animal voice was so full of tangible joy.

William called back to the old alpha male, yet Samuel was somewhat lost in thought, merely gazing at a large oak tree with a sense of awe.

The sight was…sublime.

So tall and thick was the tree, and some innate feeling within urged Samuel Coleridge to climb, and so climb he did, taking to it so effortlessly.

I’ve often wondered what animals who are tested on, whether it be cleaning products, makeup or any other type of common things we use everyday, to testing for intellect (and maybe, hoping to make them smarter), what are those animals thinking as we poke, prod, injure, maim and God-only-knows what else to them? I couldn’t imagine working in a facility that would harm an innocent such as an animal.

The book starts out with the chimps not being able to figure out what the hell it is they are supposed to do. When after more than 50 years, one chimp in particular, Dylan Thomas, is able to make a discernable sentence on his Olivetti typewriter. And so it begins.

Chimp 33, Dylan Thomas as he is affectionately known as, escapes his cage, along with all the other chimps from the facility. The chimps go on a rampage, killing and maiming those that get in their paths.

And, it’s not just the chimps. Birds, deer, spiders and dogs…they begin to be able to communicate with each other, each species no better or worse than the other.

What have the animals, especially the chimps, figured out about mankind?  This book will surely tell you.

This book is completely different from the author’s other works. I daresay that I did like this book, but not as much as his otherwise funnier novels. However, that being said, this book will make you think twice about abusing an animal. How could we do such heinous acts towards our primate cousins? To any animal? They live in such a beautiful world, and mankind sometimes ruins that by being altogether mean. I don’t get it.

If you liked The Planet Of The Apes (newer version) and Doctor Doolittle (with a bit of The Birds and Arachnophobia mixed in as well), then you’ll enjoy this rather dark, but poignant novel. As I mentioned above, while I do prefer the authors other more lighter-style novels, this one is very good.

I give this book 5 stars!

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8 responses to “The Finite Chimps By Tom Conrad

  1. Great review! Sounds interesting! Sounds similar to a short story I read years ago, but it was about rabbits being tested on with variou shampoos and they were able to talk. Very unusual, but a great idea! Indeed, this type of story should awaken awareness about animal testing!

    • Thank you! I remember seeing something on tv about rabbits being tested on…shampoos in their eyes and stuff like that…they were crying, loudly…it was awful. I couldn’t watch it.

  2. The Desert Rocks

    Wow, this shows us a different side of Tom Conrad. I love animals and I’m sure I’d enjoy any book that puts them on a higher realm than homo-sapiens.

  3. Excellent review, Beth!

    I was watching one of these documentaries on the great apes recently, and once you’re seeing animals like this in the wild like that, you see just how sociable they are, and how they do need protection.

  4. I love the idea of his writing this book. We need more publicity. What makes us think we can treat another species this way? Great review, as always.

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