Mister Monkey

Thoughts mmbyfp by Francine Prose, Harper 2016, 285 pages

Challenge: TOB Short List
Genre: Adult Lit, connect short stories
Type/Source: Hard cover / Library
 Why I read this now: up next…

WHAT’s it ABOUT: These are connected short stories that revolve around a children’s musical play being produced off off off off off Broadway. We first meet an actress who feels frustrated with where she is in her career and we meet the 12 yo child actor genius who plays the chimp role. We meet a little boy who spoke too loudly during a performance and we meet his grandfather. We are introduced to the little boy’s new kindergarten teacher who happens to be on a blind date while the author of the book the play is based on is seated at the next table over. We meet the waiter who receives tickets to the play from the author as part of his tip. The play isn’t going well; the motivations and perspectives of the cast and audience shine a prism of realities onto the experience.

WHAT’s GOOD: The stories are poignant and funny, sad and insightful to the human condition. We feel the regrets, embarrassment, love and hope.

What’s NOT so good: I really enjoyed these and I was impressed by the deft handling and skill of the writing.

FINAL THOUGHTS: A pleasure.

RATING: Four to five slices of apple tart.

 

 

 

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11 thoughts on “Mister Monkey

  1. I can’t believe how fast you are reading and reviewing these TOC books. Yay you!!

    On another note…

    I’m not sure I can catch-up with you (Bone Clocks) since I am about to start UIysses and have a couple of books to finish first.

  2. Wasn’t it wonderful, the way the story built? I liked the way a character you’d barely glimpsed in the corner of the frame suddenly got center stage and you saw it all from a different perspective.

  3. Since they are extremely connected short stories, I am much more inclined to read this one. And since you have nothing bad to say about any of those stories, it makes me want to read them even more!

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