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Mister Monkey

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Book Format
Original Languages
Prose, Francine
Publication Date
October, 2016
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
5.80 x 5.20 x 1.10 Inches (US)

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Mister Monkey is the s...

Mister Monkey is the story of a group of actors in a off, off, off, way off broadway play of a children's play called Mister Monkey written by a Vietnam Vet. Filled with various people like Margot the the middle aged actress in a career going no where, Adam the adolescent actor/monkey who is abandoned by his father and terrified by his fears of the end of the world, Edward's grandfather who misses his deceased wife and loves his grandson and is alone in his old age, Edward the child who is mature for his age and just wants to go to school and feels bad for his teacher Sonya, Ray who wrote the play, Mario the waiter who goes to the theater every chance he gets, Lakshmi the Indian orphan costume designer wanna be playwright, Eleanor the full time register nurse and part time actress, and Roger the director. All great characters but I really loved the grandfather and Eleanor the nurse. "Failures and disappointments make time go by so fast that you fail to notice your real life, and the past when I was so free seems to belong to someone else, not myself." from letter to Maxim Gorkey, by Chekhov. This really sums up the book which is consists of interconnected stories about how individual lives in their isolation, mediocrity, age, failure and alienation touch each other without awareness giving them a chance at a real life. I really liked this book and glad that it made it through the first round of Tournament of Books.

We get to go not only ...

We get to go not only backstage, but all the way home with a theater troupe (and audience members) trapped in a really awful production of a really terrible musical for children. It takes a monkey to make us realize that we are all human (in not humane).

Well-written, wistful,...

Well-written, wistful, funny and kind, Mister Monkey is one of those "light but good" books that are enjoyable to read and easy to recommend.

Had this book been wri...

Had this book been written by someone else, I would have abandoned it before the halfway mark. Francine Prose's Blue Angel is one of my favorite books, however (and I'm a fan of A Changed Man, as well), so I forced myself to push on, hoping for some kind of payoff. There was none; in fact, I found the final chapter, focused on Roger, to be the most irritating and pointless of all. On a sentence-by-sentence basis, the writing was good (hence the 2 stars), but the novel as a whole fell as flat as the performances of Mister Monkey it describes. This review was based on a free ARC provided by the publisher.

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