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Wild Man from BorneoA Cultural History of the Orangutan$
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Robert Cribb, Helen Gilbert, and Helen Tiffin

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824837143

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824837143.001.0001

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Close Encounters and Dangerous Liaisons

Close Encounters and Dangerous Liaisons

(p.128) 6 Close Encounters and Dangerous Liaisons
Wild Man from Borneo

Robert Cribb

Helen Gilbert

Helen Tiffin

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter asserts that the fictional orangutans discussed in Chapter 5 offer commentary on Western society, either by directly addressing a human audience or by behaving in ways that highlight human shortcomings. Most of these apes have been removed from their original environment, and even Pierre Boulle's advanced apes live in a world that is functionally similar to the human world of the twentieth century rather than the jungle world of their ancestors. Other orangutans in fictional works either remain in their original habitats or bring their jungle wildness into contact with human society, often with catastrophic consequences for both. These orangutans are presented as clever creatures, but for the most part not as near-humans.

Keywords:   fictional orangutans, Pierre Boulle, habitats, orangutans, environment, apes

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