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The Love Song of Monkey Paperback – November 1, 2008
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This is a fantastic novel, and I mean that in the old-fashioned sense that the events are fantastic. And surreal and deeply human. I read it in one fell swoop. It runs. Fast. It's a little crazy and you can feel Graziano making it up as he goes along--which is a great way to write a novel since you don't know how it's going to end. If you're clever and naturally creative--as Graziano is--some beautiful effects can be achieved. I once wrote a novel this way. You start out at one place: here Graziano, who is a professor of psychology at Princeton, starts with his protagonist dying of complications from AIDS. He is being taken to the hospital by his anorexic wife. He's in a lot of pain and scarcely cares whether he lives or dies. And then you end up in another: at the bottom of the ocean, in a museum, as a cat burglar called the Monkey man, and all the while you sing "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T.S. Eliot.
I suspect that where Graziano thought he was going in the beginning is different from where he actually went. I also suspect that he had intended a realistic narrative but found himself constrained. And so he threw off the shackles and typed a tale incredible.
Graziano's strength is first in the rapid paced narrative and then in the great freedom he gives his story. Neither conventional reality nor scientific plausibility deters him from his fancy. The narrative is lean like something from James M. Cain or Cormac McCarthy, but without the strict adherence to realism.Read more ›
I don’t want to reveal much of the plot, because I think it’s much more satisfying to go into it knowing very little. Here’s what I’ll say: written by a neuroscientist, it’s a surreal, funny, introspective and deeply affecting tale about self-discovery and the lasting power of love. Even better, it’s inspired by T.S. Eliot’s poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock (if you couldn’t already tell from the title).
Graziano writes with a simple eloquence that leaves the reader feeling as though every word was in exactly the right place. An effortless read that captures your imagination and leaves you calm, satisfied and feeling thoughtful.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this book inspiring, although certainly not in the way the author or publisher intended.
What I found inspiring was the fact that somebody with so little could... Read more
In my mind it's not as impressive as the farce, but it was definetly enjoyable and worthwhile to me. Read morePublished on June 21, 2012 by jerrygarcia
Graziano's fabulist allegory begins with the opening lines from "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," but perhaps the more appropriate passage can be found later in the poem: "I... Read morePublished on June 6, 2009 by D. Cloyce Smith
As a former teacher, the first page of this book reminded me of some works by 8th graders. I thought the book had to get better . . . . I was wrong. It got worse and worse. Read morePublished on January 17, 2009 by William J. Eidam
What if you were utterly immortal and indestructible -- and cast into an airless void under the sea? Where would you go? What would you do? Read morePublished on January 15, 2009 by EA Solinas
When death is on the horizon, one wants to make sure everything is all right before they go. "The Love Song of Monkey" follows young Graziano as he embarks on a deeply spiritual... Read morePublished on January 7, 2009 by Midwest Book Review
I'd written non-fiction for decades somewhat successfuly before gathering the courage to attempt fiction. Couldn't do it. Just couldn't create a character with life. Read morePublished on January 3, 2009 by Robert C. Diefenbach
THE LOVE SONG OF MONKEY is a brief novel that is likely to be around for a long time, if word of mouth from those who have had the pleasure of reading it encourages a potentially... Read morePublished on December 26, 2008 by Grady Harp
Some call it New Wave Fabulist while others call it Slipstream--or perhaps even Magic Realism. Whatever you call this genre-defying subset of fantastical fiction, there is a... Read morePublished on December 8, 2008 by Janet Boyer