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“An hilarious, dark, brittle take on post-modern medicine, love triangles, the dense emptiness of contemporary life, and the power of contemplative self-discovery. Part magic realism, part science fiction, part theater of the absurd, and part over-the-top, unrepentant spoof, this novel packs more into its few short pages than do most epic trilogies. Graziano has fabricated the rare kind of tale that the reader can honestly say ends much too quickly. Perfectly woven, self-enclosed, multifaceted . . . Kosinski’s Being There sprinkled with a strong dose of Frankenstein. . . the kind of simplicity that speaks volumes.”—Michael Mirolla, author of The Formal Logic of Emotion

“An amalgam of fairy tale, satire, science fiction, medical thriller, and soap opera. . . . It is difficult to fathom that a novel so brief can be so epic in scope. Inventive and deftly crafted, The Love Song of Monkeyis a tale no reader will soon forget.”—Eric Linder, Yellow Umbrella Books, Chatham, Massachusetts

In a surreal exile on the floor of the Atlantic, a young man faces his own death and his wife’s infidelity. The Love Song of Monkeyis a meditation on the simple, inexplicable, and lasting power of love, cast in the metaphor of a journey to the depths of the ocean floor. Precise and beautifully crafted, this modern fable is rich with humor and deep thought.

Michael S. A. Graziano, professor of neuroscience at Princeton University, is the author of the novella Hiding Places(New England Review), The Seclusion Zone(2007 fi nalist in the William Faulkner–William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition), and The Intelligent Movement Machine(2008, Oxford University Press).

Review:

"Neuroscientist and author Graziano (Hiding Places) has crafted a compelling fantasy based on a semi-plausible 'what if': a physicist constructs a state-of-the-art machine in which a terminal patient undergoes a complete molecular rearrangement, coming out 'unbreakable.' Narrated by Jonathan, a married 20-something dying of AIDS, the novel begins with a trip to Dr. Kack, of the experimental, highly secret Kwark-King cure, which Jonathan's wife, Kitty, has insisted he try. The machine hasn't exactly been successful — the intense pain has driven patients to opt out, and animals to die — but Dr. Kack manages to get Jonathan all the way through. Jonathan does, indeed, emerge transformed, but in a kind of waking coma that looks a lot like death. As such, Kitty and Dr. Kack drop his body in the ocean, and the bulk of Graziano's imaginative, intelligent narrative chronicles Jonathan's ethereal voyage beyond civilization and back again as a kind of superhuman, sustained by his love for Kitty. Twin ideas of forgiveness and mercy twist through this strange, moving, patiently wrought novel, making for a trippy but charming read." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

A surreal, darkly comic take on postmodern medicine, love triangles, and the emptiness of contemporary life.

Synopsis:

"Neuroscientist and author Graziano has crafted a compelling fantasy based on a semi-plausible “what if.” Imaginative, intelligent narrative…Twin ideas of forgiveness and mercy twist through this strange, moving, patiently wrought novel, making for a trippy but charming read.”–Publishers Weekly

“An hilarious, dark, brittle take on post-modern medicine, love triangles, the dense emptiness of contemporary life, and the power of contemplative self-discovery. Part magic realism, part science fiction, part theater of the absurd, and part over-the-top, unrepentant spoof, this novel packs more into its few short pages than do most epic trilogies. Graziano has fabricated the rare kind of tale that the reader can honestly say ends much too quickly. Perfectly woven, self-enclosed, multifaceted . . . Kosinski’s Being There sprinkled with a strong dose of Frankenstein . . . the kind of simplicity that speaks volumes.”—Michael Mirolla, author of The Formal Logic of Emotion

“An amalgam of fairy tale, satire, science fiction, medical thriller, and soap opera. . . . It is difficult to fathom that a novel so brief can be so epic in scope. Inventive and deftly crafted, The Love Song of Monkey is a tale no reader will soon forget.”—Eric Linder, Yellow Umbrella Books, Chatham, Massachusetts

In a surreal exile on the floor of the Atlantic, a young man faces his own death and his wife’s infidelity. The Love Song of Monkey is a meditation on the simple, inexplicable, and lasting power of love, cast in the metaphor of a journey to the depths of the ocean floor. Precise and beautifully crafted, this modern fable is rich with humor and deep thought.

Michael S. A. Graziano, professor of neuroscience at Princeton University, is the author of the novella Hiding Places (New England Review), The Seclusion Zone (2007 fi nalist in the William Faulkner–William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition), and The Intelligent Movement Machine (2008, Oxford University Press).

About the Author

Michael S. A. Graziano, PhD, is a professor of neuroscience at Princeton University. He is the author of the novella Hiding Places (New England Review, 1997), the literary novel The Seclusion Zone (finalist in the Faulkner-Wisdom Novella Category, 2007), and co-author of the popular science novel Hell Creek. His scientific articles have appeared in many journals, including Science

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Grady Harp, December 26, 2008 (view all comments by Grady Harp)
Indefatigable Love

THE LOVE SONG OF MONKEY is a brief novel that is likely to be around for a long time, if word of mouth from those who have had the pleasure of reading it encourages a potentially wide audience to join the bandwagon. Author Michael S.A. Graziano happens to be a professor of Psychology at Princeton University and a composer of music, and probably these adjuncts to his considerable talent in writing help make this unusual, lyrical, challenging exploration into the mysteries of the durability of love so successful. This book glows!

Young Jonathan is dying from AIDS as his skittish skinny art director wife Kitty takes him to the offices of Dr. Kack for a treatment that appears to be Jonathan's only hope for survival. Dr. Kack has invented the Kwark-King, a machine that realigns molecules in living creatures making them impermeable to outside invasion and hopefully to cure them of invading organisms. To date Dr. Kack has used his machine on cats and mice but the degree of pain the machine inflicts during treatment has proven intolerable to the subjects and they die or enter a death like catatonic state Jonathan agrees to be the first human subject for the odd machine, sensing that his wife Kitty has connections with Dr. Kack. Jonathan proceeds with the treatment encased in a container that holds him stable for the entire perfusion of molecule changing energy: at the end of the treatment the still alive but the catatonic Jonathan is thought dead by both Kack and Kitty and Jonathan's quite aware body is dumped in the sea, anchored by an iron Venus sculpture. And there he remains, under the ocean, for years, able to remain alive because of the 'new' body and organ transformations - the monkey man of an experiment that actually worked!

Part II of the novel focuses on Jonathan's life beneath the earth's surface, a period of respite from the madness of civilization when he can put his life and his relationship with Kitty in perspective while observing the glories of life at the bottom of the sea. Eventually he encounters a touch of civilization and finds a crevice in the ocean's floor that happens to be a volcano of sorts: Jonathan is explosively cast a=back into civilization where he is mistaken for a 'found object of art' and eventually sold to a museum. In Part III Jonathan as art views the world now 55 years older - and among the thing he view is the aged Kitty (now comically Kitty Kack since she married the original Dr. Kack). The manner in which Jonathan encounters his life's love - despite all the passage of time and the acts Kitty has performed - reveals on of the more tender elegies of lasting love in literature.

Graziano writes with conversational ease that shadows the profound meanings present on every page, illuminated by a droll sense of humor and a magical realism type of style of writing that never leaves the reader unwillingly to believe this wonderfully implausible fable. This is a joy of a book to read and one that deserves an audience of readers who love literature and life - and still believe in love.

Grady Harp
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780981514802
Author:
Graziano, Michael S. A., Ph.d.
Publisher:
Leapfrog Press
Author:
Graziano, Michael S. a.
Subject:
AIDS (Disease)
Subject:
Patients
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Triangles (Interpersonal relations)
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Literature-A to Z
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Publication Date:
20081031
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English
Pages:
152
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Neuroscientist and author Graziano (Hiding Places) has crafted a compelling fantasy based on a semi-plausible 'what if': a physicist constructs a state-of-the-art machine in which a terminal patient undergoes a complete molecular rearrangement, coming out 'unbreakable.' Narrated by Jonathan, a married 20-something dying of AIDS, the novel begins with a trip to Dr. Kack, of the experimental, highly secret Kwark-King cure, which Jonathan's wife, Kitty, has insisted he try. The machine hasn't exactly been successful — the intense pain has driven patients to opt out, and animals to die — but Dr. Kack manages to get Jonathan all the way through. Jonathan does, indeed, emerge transformed, but in a kind of waking coma that looks a lot like death. As such, Kitty and Dr. Kack drop his body in the ocean, and the bulk of Graziano's imaginative, intelligent narrative chronicles Jonathan's ethereal voyage beyond civilization and back again as a kind of superhuman, sustained by his love for Kitty. Twin ideas of forgiveness and mercy twist through this strange, moving, patiently wrought novel, making for a trippy but charming read." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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A surreal, darkly comic take on postmodern medicine, love triangles, and the emptiness of contemporary life.
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"Neuroscientist and author Graziano has crafted a compelling fantasy based on a semi-plausible “what if.” Imaginative, intelligent narrative…Twin ideas of forgiveness and mercy twist through this strange, moving, patiently wrought novel, making for a trippy but charming read.”–Publishers Weekly

“An hilarious, dark, brittle take on post-modern medicine, love triangles, the dense emptiness of contemporary life, and the power of contemplative self-discovery. Part magic realism, part science fiction, part theater of the absurd, and part over-the-top, unrepentant spoof, this novel packs more into its few short pages than do most epic trilogies. Graziano has fabricated the rare kind of tale that the reader can honestly say ends much too quickly. Perfectly woven, self-enclosed, multifaceted . . . Kosinski’s Being There sprinkled with a strong dose of Frankenstein . . . the kind of simplicity that speaks volumes.”—Michael Mirolla, author of The Formal Logic of Emotion

“An amalgam of fairy tale, satire, science fiction, medical thriller, and soap opera. . . . It is difficult to fathom that a novel so brief can be so epic in scope. Inventive and deftly crafted, The Love Song of Monkey is a tale no reader will soon forget.”—Eric Linder, Yellow Umbrella Books, Chatham, Massachusetts

In a surreal exile on the floor of the Atlantic, a young man faces his own death and his wife’s infidelity. The Love Song of Monkey is a meditation on the simple, inexplicable, and lasting power of love, cast in the metaphor of a journey to the depths of the ocean floor. Precise and beautifully crafted, this modern fable is rich with humor and deep thought.

Michael S. A. Graziano, professor of neuroscience at Princeton University, is the author of the novella Hiding Places (New England Review), The Seclusion Zone (2007 fi nalist in the William Faulkner–William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition), and The Intelligent Movement Machine (2008, Oxford University Press).

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