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Product Details

  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (February 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481849689
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481849685
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,311,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

About the Author ABOUT THE AUTHOR Hugh Gilmore lives in Philadelphia, where he owns and operates an old and rare book business, and also writes a weekly newspaper column called "The Enemies of Reading." He is the author of "Malcolm’s Wine," a noir crime novel and the just-published "Last Night on the Gorilla Tour," a quirky romance/adventure tale. Just when he entered his thirties, Hugh Gilmore developed a yearning for adventure. He pursued a degree in anthropology, focusing on apes and monkeys. He spent extensive time in both Africa and the Caribbean doing field studies. His special interest was social communication, including the question, Do apes and monkeys have language? Hugh writes: “My studies back then led me to develop a deep and lasting interest in the work of a strange, American original – Richard Lynch Garner (1848-1920), a self-taught, pioneering researcher of gorillas and chimpanzees in French Equatorial Africa. Garner was a colorful and interesting character who led several Smithsonian Institution expeditions back in the days when hardly anyone in America had ever seen a live gorilla. Zoos and museums worldwide were competing to be the first to bring back specimens, dead or alive. “I knew that Garner died during a fund-raising tour in Tennessee in 1920, and I felt compelled to write a story based on creating a backstory to that event. While the essence of Garner's research efforts is portrayed accurately in this book, many of the plot details are purely inventions of mine. “Both I and “Professor” Garner were doing fine with this book until certain characters like Clara Talbot and Linder and Eddie Charles crawled into the story. All hell broke loose after that.”

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I thoroughly enjoyed the pace as well.
Ms. Phipps
I just love it when I find a book I cannot put down until I've finished reading it.
TWEAK
All in all, a great deal of sophisticated fun.
Lynn Hoffman, author:Radiation Days: A Comedy

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TWEAK on February 12, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I just love it when I find a book I cannot put down until I've finished reading it. This was so with "Last Night On the Gorilla Tour". Not what I had expected at all, knowing the author had studied primates in one of his previous incarnations, I expected a scientific and dry treatise on the Great Apes. To my surprise, I found an intriguing tale of love, lust and deceit. My interest was piqued right from the start with the development of the characters and the subsequent unravelling plot. I spent a pleasant weekend with these folks from a more genteel and simpler time only to find they share twenty-first century desires and motivations. I highly recommend this book as a study in character and time, and look forward to more from this talented author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Hoffman, author:Radiation Days: A Comedy VINE VOICE on February 27, 2013
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I'm a fan of Gilmore's fiction. I loved Malcolm's Wine and I've given several copies of Tales from a Bookshop as gifts. But Last Night is a different animal: the characters are so beautifully alive that I feel like they're with me even after I close the book. The dialog is particularly seductive: you can hear it as you read it.
All in all, a great deal of sophisticated fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tim Muessle on January 26, 2013
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Good read...interesting characters and inner dialogues. Plot moves along at a nice pace. Not too fast. Not too slow. The story is interesting and unusual without being overly so. It is entirely plausable. Just a good, solid, and enjoyable read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Phipps on March 5, 2013
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After "Malcolm's Wine", I was looking forward to "Last Night on the Gorilla Tour", and I wasn't disappointed. Very intriguing story, with characters that stay with you long after you finish the book. Realistic and often beautiful dialogue, that will alternately tug at your heartstrings, then set your teeth on edge. I thoroughly enjoyed the pace as well. The small town characters remind me of folks that Eudora Welty often chose to write about, except this time they have a lethal edge. Fine book!
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By Sam C. Masarachia on March 20, 2013
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I found this book to be an engaging read. It has been written well, it has some very nice twists and turns during its course; more than once I found the plot turned away from what I had been expecting in my own mind, which made it all the more enjoyable. A worthwhile use of my reading time and a pleasurable experience.
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