The woman is Madelene, rich, beautiful and alcoholic; the ape, intelligent and illegally imported to London by Madelene's husband Burden. Burden has plans, so does Madelene, and so, as it happens, does the ape. This most controversial of Høeg's novels takes us from Society London, across its roof-tops to a forest idyll, to make for a fable at once hilarious and thought-provoking.
The Woman and the Ape has many arrestingly stylish and inventive passages and an overall brilliance of tone that shows once again the originality of Mr. Hoeg's voice
No imaginative writer working today is any more daring than Danish novelist Peter Hoeg... An utterly original mix of fantasy, fable, myth, and love story
Høeg is a writer determined to make new footprints in the snow