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Neuroscientist and author Graziano (Hiding Places) has crafted a compelling fantasy based on a semi-plausible what if: a physicist constructs a state-of-the-art machine in which a terminal patient undergoes a complete molecular rearrangement, coming out unbreakable. Narrated by Jonathan, a married 20-something dying of AIDS, the novel begins with a trip to Dr. Kack, of the experimental, highly secret Kwark-King cure, which Jonathan's wife, Kitty, has insisted he try. The machine hasn't exactly been successful—the intense pain has driven patients to opt out, and animals to die—but Dr. Kack manages to get Jonathan all the way through. Jonathan does, indeed, emerge transformed, but in a kind of waking coma that looks a lot like death. As such, Kitty and Dr. Kack drop his body in the ocean, and the bulk of Graziano's imaginative, intelligent narrative chronicles Jonathan's ethereal voyage beyond civilization and back again as a kind of superhuman, sustained by his love for Kitty. Twin ideas of forgiveness and mercy twist through this strange, moving, patiently wrought novel, making for a trippy but charming read. (Nov.)
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Neuroscientist and author Graziano has crafted a compelling fantasy based on a semi-plausible "what if." Imaginative, intelligent narrative...Twin ideas of forgiveness and mercy twist through this strange, moving, patiently wrought novel, making for a trippy but charming read. --Publishers Weekly, October 2008
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 149 pages
  • Publisher: Leapfrog Press (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981514804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981514802
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,875,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dennis Littrell HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 17, 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.
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THE LOVE SONG OF MONKEY is a wonderful, thought-provoking read. It doesn't fall into my normal realm of books that I would read, but it leaves me with lasting thoughts and makes me think about relationships in my own life. I find myself continuing to reflect on the ideas presented days after finishing it. THE LOVE SONG OF MONKEY pulled me in and I just couldn't put it down. I kept wanting to know just how Michael Graziano would wrap it up and put it all together. I wondered how the title fit with the book, and voila! MG does just that in a surprising twist in the book. This book is magical with elements of science fiction but through it all, you will find yourself laughing at times, wanting to cry at times, and looking into yourself for how you relate to others and where things will go in your own life. I felt like I was right there, experiencing the events right along with the main character in the book... even to feeling claustrophobic during the kwark-king experience (wondering what that is? You'll need to read the book!) Michael Graziano is an amazing author and pulls off a great read. I hope he continues to write for years to come.
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What an interesting, fulfilling read! This is the kind of book that you can easily devour in one sitting in about an hour and a half, which is pretty cool considering its incredible depth.

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).
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Light and Charming, Love Song of Monkey takes you away and makes you want to sit quietly and think about the world. A blend of funny and dark, the story is wonderfully light, yet, at the same time deeply thought-provoking.

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.
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The Love Song of Monkey may be my favorite read this year. Michael S.A. Graziano does an amazing job of creating characters so real and vivid, they carry the surreal aspects of the story perfectly. While the book is short, I hesitate to call it a quick read. I plowed through it simply because I couldn't put it down, but then I went back and read it again. The Love Song of Monkey is rich with layers of meaning and stop-and-think moments. This is love as Ian McEwan might conjure it, something complex shared by deeply flawed people, and yet something ultimately beautiful. I'm glad to have discovered a new favorite writer.
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I read this short book in one sitting, and it instantly became a Top 5 pick. I've read it several times again since then and it never loses its shine. This might possibly be my #3 book, behind _Cat's Cradle_ and _Stranger in a Strange Land_. Definitely worth a read.
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This book was recommended to me by my uncle. It has become my favorite. The book ends well but once it's over you want more. I have read it several times now and I am planning on making it a book my kids will read in the future as apart of their homeschool curriculum.
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