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Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book

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Publisher Comments:

Wittman Ah Sing is a young Chinese-American hippie in San Francisco during the late sixties. Named after America's quintessential poet, indomitably garrulous and free-spirited, Wittman is as American as James Dean. Yet he also bears a striking resemblance to Monkey, the trickster-saint of Chinese legend who helped bring the Buddhist scriptures from India. Driven by his dream of writing and staging an epic production of interwoven Chinese novels and folktales, his life becomes an extraordinary journey through an era as fantastic as his ambition — told in a novel by turns surreal, exuberantly charged with spectacle, violence, and Chinese "talk-story," and wildly, bitterly funny.

Review:

"A novel of satisfying complexity and bite and verve." Anne Tyler, New Republic

Review:

"A dazzling leap of imaginative sympathy [and] narrative magic." New York Times Book Review

Review:

"It moves forward with a wild energy and generous fury...a truly syncretic American work." Village Voice Literary Supplement

Review:

"The long-awaited novel...is outrageously clever, surrealistically imaginative, mordantly witty and funny — in spots. It is also densely overwritten and tedious." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"A remarkable display of wit and rage." Washington Post Book World

Review:

"Unfortunately, the book's great weakness is Wittman Ah Sing himself — a hippie stereotype difficult to feel for because he does not seem real, certainly less real than some of the characters surrounding him." Library Journal

Synopsis:

Driven by his dream to write and stage an epic stage production of interwoven Chinese novelsWittman Ah Sing, a Chinese-American hippie in the late '60s.

About the Author

Maxine Hong Kingston is Senior Lecturer for Creative Writing at the University of California, Berkeley. For her memoirs and fiction, The Woman Warrior, China Men, Tripmaster Monkey, and Hawai'i One Summer, she has earned numerous awards, among them the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, the PEN West Award for Fiction, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, and a National Humanities Medal from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as the title of "Living Treasure of Hawai'i."

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679727897
Author:
Kingston, Maxine Hong
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Chinese americans
Subject:
Chinese Americans -- Fiction.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reissue ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Series Volume:
857-D
Publication Date:
June 1990
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.01x5.25x.79 in. .63 lbs.

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Product details 352 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780679727897 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A novel of satisfying complexity and bite and verve."
"Review" by , "A dazzling leap of imaginative sympathy [and] narrative magic."
"Review" by , "It moves forward with a wild energy and generous fury...a truly syncretic American work."
"Review" by , "The long-awaited novel...is outrageously clever, surrealistically imaginative, mordantly witty and funny — in spots. It is also densely overwritten and tedious."
"Review" by , "A remarkable display of wit and rage."
"Review" by , "Unfortunately, the book's great weakness is Wittman Ah Sing himself — a hippie stereotype difficult to feel for because he does not seem real, certainly less real than some of the characters surrounding him."
"Synopsis" by , Driven by his dream to write and stage an epic stage production of interwoven Chinese novelsWittman Ah Sing, a Chinese-American hippie in the late '60s.
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