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White Monkey Chronicles: The Complete Trilogy Kindle Edition
An air of mystical eternity permeates northern California's Humboldt County. It's not just the heady aroma of eucalyptus or the mist-shrouded sun floating silent over rolling hills at dawn. A pervasive spirit of ageless magic breathes soulful mantras beneath the surface of Humboldt's every nook and cranny, vista and shady grove, day and night. Small wonder that Dallas-based playwright and author Isabella Ides set her majestic work, White Monkey Chronicles: The Complete Trilogy, an original fable of transformation, hope and renewal, there. Where it belongs.
"Perhaps the most mind-altering of the many under-examined metaphysical axioms on the etheric shuttle is the proposition that Earth is the hope of heaven. Stop. Repeat.Earth is the hope of heaven."
Many beloved films emerge from critically acclaimed books. Ides reversed the process, developed her tale as performance art first, allowing it to emerge chrysalis-like after, in fully blown narrative form. What results is a work that vibrates in a detailed, sensuous and often sensual reality, where every facet, character and transition demonstrates a vividness drawn from the tactile stage. Plot arcs rise, resonate and resolve with ferocious dramatic intensity. It's hard to put the book down. Impossible to not fall in love with the eccentric, flawed, passionate, sometimes human and often godly characters, even the evil ones.
"Sister Merry Berry's heart went boom when Luce crossed the room to fill her cup...She knew that beautiful bad boy right off. He could have struck a match on the rock of her unreason, the moment was that combustible...."I see you've been enjoying the wines in our cellar. I have to ask: Did you or did you not also help yourself to Mother Mary Extraordinary's prayers?""
The trilogy's jubilant resolution will win readers' hearts. When Sister Merry Berry fires up her pink 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible, top down, in preparation for heavenly ascent, readers will aspire to hitch a ride with the unrepentant bohemian, relishing the mind-expanding experience the transit promises.
"Hear me out," Roica lifted her chin. "When my breath was torn to rags, I turned my ship around, defeated down to my boots and headed homeward - and there was my answer. I saw how close the angels linger to the Earth. Look," he turned her around. "One tiny planet haloed in light. Even angels look to the Earth for love."
White Monkey Chronicles is a book to cherish, to quote, to re-read, to laugh and weep over. Share it aloud with family and friends on chill winter's eve, most certainly in Humboldt County and realms beyond.
Alexandra Bonifield email@example.com
Posted on 13 April 2018, criticalrant.com/2018/04/13/heavens-hope-isabella-ides-white-monkey-chronicles/
- ASIN : B07B12FYJW
- Publisher : Lowell Street Press (March 1, 2018)
- Publication date : March 1, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 1537 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 658 pages
- Lending : Enabled
Best Sellers Rank:
#346,869 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #507 in Religious Science Fiction & Fantasy (Kindle Store)
- #861 in Metaphysical Fiction
- #1,011 in Metaphysical & Visionary Fiction (Books)
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Intensely original story with surprises throughout. An enlightened romp. There's sly social commentary, poetic prose, angels, a Lucifer, an amazing monkey, flawed humans with interesting, quirky superpowers... some truly beautiful scenes that are so descriptive, so painterly, the whole book is begging to be made into a movie.
The Cardinals (and all the other bird-men of their order) are fascinating villains except it's an oversimplification to call them that. The Sisters are wonderfully kind, clever and hard simultaneously. Both groups are depicted with fondness and hilarious detail by the author. And of course the protagonist stands in for every one of us, as we all awaken, trying to understand how the world works, and how we make our way in it.
I ended up reading it again. Well, what else could I expect. I cannot find it's match, so I found IT. I understand that this book has pierced my heart with cupids arrow, and that I am likely blinded in love! I would love for everyone to read it! Such wisdom! Such fun! Such love! I read it twice in under six months. And Isabella Ides', all I have to say to you, is THANK YOU. Thank you for putting pen to paper. The world is better for it. I cannot predict the future, but if I could, I would see myself opening this book on page one sometime out there, finding the monkey's blink and fall deeply in love all over again.
You have my deepest appreciation for your divine work. May it make the way into many hears, and shake many souls and fill countless bellies with laughter.
I am inspired by creatives such as George Lucas and JK Rowing, and I now add Isabella Ides into that elite group.
In a society that chooses words such as “bae” & “fleek” as place holders for language that people over 30 years of age might understand, I find Isabella’s writing in White Monkey Chronicles utterly refreshing. Her superlative use of the English language is only one of the ways her creative mind will entrance. Her delve into the mystery of how we imagine and create the divine is mind-blowing!
Admittedly, I initially found Isabella’s brilliance and writing style a bit intimidating, but I accepted the challenge. And once Conrad Eppler was introduced, the ride got wild in the most delightful way. My escape into the White Monkey Chronicles is a journey I needed to take and a place that I will revisit. It is thought provoking, intelligent, fascinatingly imaginative, and in a category of its own for originality.
I could say so much more about this trilogy, but I choose to end with this: I will never, ever see a 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible again without thanking Sister Merry Berry for allowing me to ride with her.