What is this sci-Fi book that disturbed me as a child?
July 15, 2012 10:04 PM   Subscribe

What is this horrible book about chimps that scarred me as a child?

So, when I was about nine, I found this novel in the children's section of the library. The story was set in a futuristic world, where the main character was in some sort of horrible accident, so her brain was transplanted into the body of a chimp. She went on to live with a community of chimps, and eventually became less and less human, and mated with the chimps.

I don't remember much more, except this story has scarred me for life, and I hate any kind of monkey, chimp, ape, etc. They all gve me the creeps because of this book.

So, do you know what book it was?
posted by catatethebird to Media & Arts (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Looks like that may be Eva by Peter Dickinson.
posted by Monsieur Caution at 10:11 PM on July 15, 2012

Definitely Eva. Maybe it was just that you caught the book at a particularly young age -- I had a group of mostly 13-year-olds read it, and I don't think any of them were scarred too badly by it.
posted by asperity at 10:47 PM on July 15, 2012

Oh no, that book was really creepy and awful, actually. But definitely Eva.
posted by corb at 1:08 AM on July 16, 2012

Yes, it's Eva!
posted by lokta at 4:22 AM on July 16, 2012

Response by poster: That is it for sure! AskMeFi, coming through as always. Thanks guys. Now, to reread it and relive the horror?
posted by catatethebird at 5:42 AM on July 16, 2012

Please reread it. It is beautifully written, as is all his books, and I think you will appreciate the story more as an adult.
posted by TWinbrook8 at 6:57 AM on July 16, 2012

Eva! I remember hating then loving that book. You have to check out the Amazon.com reviews for it - the outrage of the one-star readers is hilarious. It is worth rereading as an adult both for the skill of the writing and the many themes hinted at and interwoven.
posted by viggorlijah at 7:54 AM on July 16, 2012

Now, to reread it and relive the horror?

I recommend it. I read this book as an adult, so it didn't traumatize me. I found it fascinating. Maybe the issues it raises are better suited for adults? Since you're asking for our opinion, mine is: give it a second chance to intrigue you.
posted by slidell at 7:59 AM on July 16, 2012

Eva. Scarred me too.
I think I had to put it down because of nightmares.
Don't remember if I ever picked it back up!
posted by rmless at 9:15 AM on July 16, 2012

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