Heard It All Before?
The narrator of Ishmael begins his journey upon finding an ad in the newspaper
that reads "Teacher Seeks Pupil. Must Have An Earnest Desire to Save the World.
Apply in Person."
Save the world? Are you rolling your eyes yet? If this were a
late night infomercial, you'd hear the narrator begin to explain how thrilled
he is about this prospect of saving the world. But not this narrator. He throws
the ad down in disgust. He's sick of being given temporary answers that finally
prove to be incomplete, just like most of us are.
We live in a society that is
apathetic and sick of being offered empty solutions that fail year in and year
out. Daniel Quinn doesn't expect you to believe that what you are going to read
will change your mind. He expects you to be ready for another letdown. And then
he surprises you.