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Griever: An American Monkey King in China Paperback – June 14, 1990


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press (June 14, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816618496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816618491
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #994,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jim Dwyer (jdwyer@oavax.csuchico.edu) on May 13, 1998
Format: Paperback
What, no reviews for a book which emerged from a tiny small press collective to become an American Book Award winner? Griever is a delight, a postmodern absurdist melange which offers a scathing indictment of suppression of human rights in China, and, more broadly, government and individual hypocrisy and the manner in which both big business and big government degrade human experience. Vizenor uses the common thread of the trickster in Native American and Chinese culture to present a fantasized version of his travels to China on an academic exchange program. He becomes a trickster Monkey King and all sorts of hell breaks loose. You can bet that the Chinese government will not be inviting Vizenor back soon, but I invite you to read Griever. It's a hoot! (Jim Dwyer is author of Earth Works: Recommended Fiction and Nonfiction about Nature and the Environment. Buy it here at amazon.com.)
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Vizenor's book examines the interesting question of cultural parallelism, as he explores the similarities between Native American trickster traditions and the Chinese Monkey King tradition. Vizenor creates a wonderful double structure in which Griever's "Journey to the West" has two components--a Native American journey and a Chinese journey--and therefore requires that all the analogies to the Chinese Monkey tradition take two different forms--one for Griever and one for his Chinese colleagues. Fans of Journey to the West or Monkey should be interested in how he re-interprets these characters in light of the modern re-colonization of China by the West, while fans of Native American literature will enjoy seeing how he connects his own Indian tradition to its Chinese analogue.
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By bookwormMN on May 28, 2008
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Vizenor writes with humor, sophistication, and captures the issues of Native American life, or more specifically mixed-blood Native American life in allegories that are akin to Jonathon Swift! Fun, and mind challenging!
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