>>7597293 I've only read the first one. It was a very basic, but fundamentally quite intriguing, idea. But, it was explained in a really off way, and could have been much shorter. Simply put, its a man having a long conversation with a talking gorilla, about how humans grow food in order to have more babies and have more babies in order to grow more food.
It's not necessary to read the sequels if you've read the first one, they're all generally saying the same thing. Ishmael is definitely worth reading, even if you don't agree with its message, it's an easy read.
>>7597293 I remember being really impressed by these books after a friend let me borrow them in high school. A lot of the material was too vague or too dense for my mind to grasp at the time, and I only understood enough to feel that there was a real, profound message that I was missing. I thought I'd be able to understand it if I were only a little smarter, a little more analytical, but by the time I reached the climax of the third book, I realized that the message was a pretty simple truism and the books were clever frames crafted for the purpose of displaying that truth.
It's been years since I last read them, but I have The Story of B with me so I'm curious to see what I'll take away from it this time.
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