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The novel Ishmael is told in the first person from the viewpoint of an unnamed narrator who engages in a Socratic dialogue with a gorilla.
Ishmael is narrated in the past tense.
The titular Ishmael is the gorilla who interviews the narrator throughout the book. In the Bible, Abraham's wife, Sarah, cannot bear children, so he produces an illegitimate son with his wife's servant and names the boy Ishmael. Later, Sarah bears Abraham a legitimate son, Isaac, who is the more beloved of Abraham.
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