Mister Monkey

Raging Biblio-holism

monkeyThe Short Version: A misfit company of off-off-off-Broadway actors present a treacly children’s musical called Mister Monkey. A child in the audience asks his grandfather: “Are you interested in this?” The novelist who wrote the original book (which was then adapted into this play) considers his life, decades after success. And all the while, the monkey watches…

The Review: My friend and co-host Christopher told me, as he finished this book, that he was reminded of A Visit From the Goon Squad both in structure and aim – except that where Time was the Goon Squad of that novel, Ambition is the ethereal antagonist here. This was ringing in my mind when I picked up the book, and while I’m perhaps a bit more reluctant to agree about the aim (Goon Squad both seeks and achieves a greatness of scope that I don’t think Mister Monkey is as interested…

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