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Love in Infant Monkeys: Stories Paperback – September 22, 2009
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The book is very easy to read, all stories are pretty short and you can probably be done with it in a few hours. It was a Pulitzer Prize finalist too, so there's obviously going to be a lot of people that disagree with my review.
The result is a strong, if uneven, collection with the famous names at times proving to be a distraction and at other times an annoyance. The book opens with Madonna pondering a range of ideas as she looks over a dying pheasant she has shot in "Sexing the Pheasant." The animal here serves as a catalyst for her thoughts, but the focus is on Madonna and her musings on celebrity life, her husband's friends, and her attempts to conquer English phrases. Madonna is such an easy target to make fun of that she is hardly worth the effort; this story could be written by some talented undergrads with a sense of humor.
Such entries are frustrating when you see Millet's skills in a story such as "Sir Henry," a moving tale of a dog walker who is forced beyond his dog world when he suddenly recognizes humanity which rises to the level of, well, dogs. Sir Henry, a dachshund, belongs to a famous performer, but this means nothing to the dogwalker.Read more ›
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While many of the stories were depressing, and showed how foolish we humans are when interacting with animals, some were touching and even funny.Published 24 months ago by Claudia Tammen
Interesting juxtaposition of celebrities such as Madonna with animals...slightly depressing in most of the stories, but very well written, a great writer.Published on March 19, 2014 by Sam
Love in Infant Monkeys was a 2010 Pulitzer Fiction finalist so it probably goes without saying that the book is well written. Read morePublished on December 14, 2013 by Mike W.
I enjoyed this thought-provoking book by Lydia Millet. Love in Infant Monkeys is a compilation of the author's short stories and each is told from a different voice or perspective. Read morePublished on July 1, 2012 by Bob
This review concerns only the author's essay on Harry Harlow. Lydia Millet perpetuates a false understanding of Harlow's work. Read morePublished on May 4, 2012 by Rick Bogle
This is such a sweet collection of short stories. I loved them all, and so did my cat. If you like well-written, heart-felt stories featuring animals and celebrities, then this... Read morePublished on March 23, 2012 by The Spew Review
Each of the stories in Lydia Millet's Love in Infant Monkeys will remain in images long after you've read them, be it the dove, Madonna, or those infant monkeys. Read morePublished on January 13, 2012 by janice
I admire the way Millet writes so confidently about pop culture. I laugh at her portrayals of Madonna, David Hasselhoff, Noam Chomsky, Jimmy Carter, et al. Read morePublished on October 25, 2011 by Miles