Mister Monkey

Mister Monkey

A Novel

Book - 2016
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Mister Monkey--a screwball children's musical about a playfully larcenous pet chimpanzee--is the kind of family favorite that survives far past its prime. Margot, who plays the chimp's lawyer, knows the production is dreadful and bemoans the failure of her acting career. She's settled into the drudgery of playing a humiliating part--until the day she receives a mysterious letter from an anonymous admirer. And later, in the middle of a performance, has a shocking encounter with Adam, the twelve-year-old who plays the title role. Francine Prose's effervescent comedy is told from the viewpoints of wildly unreliable, seemingly disparate characters whose lives become deeply connected as the madcap narrative unfolds. There is Adam, whose looming adolescence informs his interpretation of his role; Edward, a young audience member who is candidly unimpressed with the play; Ray, the author of the novel on which the musical is based, who witnesses one of the most awkward first dates in literature; and even the eponymous Mister Monkey, the Monkey God himself.
Publisher: New York : Harper, 2016
ISBN: 9780062397836
0062397834
Branch Call Number: PROSE, F
Characteristics: 285 pages ; 24 cm

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Telingro
Apr 24, 2017

Extraordinarily written, in a very unusual, unique format. Loved it~ shocking, sad-funny, and totally lovable.

"Failures and disappointments make time go by so fast that you fail to notice your real life, and the past when I was so free seems to belong to someone else, not myself.” What a very good quotable quote!

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/23/books/review/francine-prose-mister-monkey.html?_r=0

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Pressroom
Dec 22, 2016

This is a great book. I didn't want it to end, but I couldn't stop reading. Francine Prose is a real writer's writer. You can tell she loves words and the structure of sentences, and telling a good story. I won't give anything away, but "Mr. Monkey" is funny in parts, touching in others and thoroughly enjoyable. It's definitely an unusual format and I'm not sure she would have found a publisher with this concept if she hadn't already published a good 20 books. Anyway, I really liked it.

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Telingro
Apr 24, 2017

Telingro thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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Pressroom
Dec 22, 2016

Pressroom thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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