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    mountaingoat's book review was featured in The One and Only Ivan.
    This book revolves around hope. At first, Ivan had little hope left, and had decided that the hope would only kill him. Then he had received someone to fight for, a purpose for his being. The simple, sad language causes readers to ache at his misfortune and cry at his success. It's heartbreaking to hear the story of a gorilla in such hostile conditions. Applegate shows the dreadful life of creatures who are forced to consider little patches of hell as home. Ivan is not even a gorilla anymore after being imprisoned, and is very reluctant to become one. He has accepted his fate of misery, and so is not used to fair treatment at all. The short sentences have powerful connotations and complex meanings, allowing the true wonder of words to explode in a cascade of emotion. Ivan will never be a true gorilla, never be a real silverback, and will live his life inside Atlanta Zoo, which has good living qualities, but Ivan has experienced hardship and the evil of the world. He has come close, but he will never receive the wild home or the wild true heart of a gorilla that he deserves, which brings out the immense sorrow and the spark of hope of it all.
    Over 2 years ago
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    mountaingoat added a book review.
    This book revolves around hope. At first, Ivan had little hope left, and had decided that the hope would only kill him. Then he had received someone to fight for, a purpose for his being. The simple, sad language causes readers to ache at his misfortune and cry at his success. It's heartbreaking to hear the story of a gorilla in such hostile conditions. Applegate shows the dreadful life of creatures who are forced to consider little patches of hell as home. Ivan is not even a gorilla anymore after being imprisoned, and is very reluctant to become one. He has accepted his fate of misery, and so is not used to fair treatment at all. The short sentences have powerful connotations and complex meanings, allowing the true wonder of words to explode in a cascade of emotion. Ivan will never be a true gorilla, never be a real silverback, and will live his life inside Atlanta Zoo, which has good living qualities, but Ivan has experienced hardship and the evil of the world. He has come close, but he will never receive the wild home or the wild true heart of a gorilla that he deserves, which brings out the immense sorrow and the spark of hope of it all.
    Over 2 years ago
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    mountaingoat's book review was featured in Wishtree.
    There are many ways to write a book. Some write it from the perspective of an old person, and some write it from the eye of a child. Whether from the view of the old, young, girls, boys, babies, or the dead, most books are written from the perspective of people, or sometimes animals, since we are humans ourselves and understand humans and animals best. Catherine Applegate's depiction of the mind of a tree has rarely been seen before. As normal beings stroll across lawns, past tens and hundreds of trees, we all take it for granted. They are just there, born to become chairs or assistants of mother Earth, but hardly appreciated at all. There are many conservation programs that tries to save the trees that are being cut down, but they are all looked upon as objects. In Wishtree, Applegate brings life to trees, gifting the readers with an memoir of a tree as an actual independent being full of hope and life. It allows readers to gaze upon trees and see them in a whole new light, marveling at their abilities and sometimes whispering softly to them. Red, the tree, brings a new perspective into life, appreciating things that are wholesome, and making unfulfilled things whole. Applegate's simple language brings out the beauty of words, with complexity beneath seemingly easy sentences. Her words bring a stirring to the heart livening every word. It brings together the most complex of human nature, and shows the perception of it all in a simple way. The leaves rustling in the wind, the birds chirping in the bushes, we are all alive, but sometimes it is forgotten that the trees breath with us and the birds sing along our tunes. The world has been reborn in this book, and now after reading the book, everything has come alive again.
    Over 2 years ago
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    mountaingoat added a book review.
    There are many ways to write a book. Some write it from the perspective of an old person, and some write it from the eye of a child. Whether from the view of the old, young, girls, boys, babies, or the dead, most books are written from the perspective of people, or sometimes animals, since we are humans ourselves and understand humans and animals best. Catherine Applegate's depiction of the mind of a tree has rarely been seen before. As normal beings stroll across lawns, past tens and hundreds of trees, we all take it for granted. They are just there, born to become chairs or assistants of mother Earth, but hardly appreciated at all. There are many conservation programs that tries to save the trees that are being cut down, but they are all looked upon as objects. In Wishtree, Applegate brings life to trees, gifting the readers with an memoir of a tree as an actual independent being full of hope and life. It allows readers to gaze upon trees and see them in a whole new light, marveling at their abilities and sometimes whispering softly to them. Red, the tree, brings a new perspective into life, appreciating things that are wholesome, and making unfulfilled things whole. Applegate's simple language brings out the beauty of words, with complexity beneath seemingly easy sentences. Her words bring a stirring to the heart livening every word. It brings together the most complex of human nature, and shows the perception of it all in a simple way. The leaves rustling in the wind, the birds chirping in the bushes, we are all alive, but sometimes it is forgotten that the trees breath with us and the birds sing along our tunes. The world has been reborn in this book, and now after reading the book, everything has come alive again.
    Over 2 years ago
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    This guy could be my ancestor. Rest in peace, (great great great great great great) x 10000000000000000 grandfather! May your soul be rested.
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