Talk to Me by T.C. Boyle
Talk to Me is a straightforward look into Aimee’s obsession with a chimpanzee that she starts working with while in college. This particular chimpanzee is learning sign language and is just as obsessed with her as she is with him. When the program ends & Sam is taken to live in a cage, Aimee can’t take it. She takes some pretty drastic measures to help Sam.
I enjoyed reading Talk to Me. The premise of chimpanzees being able to communicate with humans is exciting. Although fictional, it feels like much of the detail is accurate.
Chimpanzee strength and behaviors were clearly expressed. The caged chimpanzees saddened me & the reference to lab research was disheartening. It is hard to imagine using such smart animals in such a vile way.
I felt where Aimee was coming from, but her good intentions weren’t well thought out.
The characters weren’t especially likable, even Aimee. She is not your happy-go-lucky type of gal. The professor in charge is a misogynist. Aimee’s love interest is another professor who is in charge of Sam and is much older than her. He is a pompous self-serving ass. Sam is my favorite character by far.
Although this story is a bit of a downer, it is a great story. It is well written and Sam’s antics are quite amusing. Life is not all roses. 🌹Talk to Me isn’t all roses either. Life doesn’t always go the way it is planned and good intentions sometimes fall short.
Thank you NetGalley, T.C. Boyle, & Ecco Publishing for providing an ebook to read and review.
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