Mister monkey by francine prose is the best novel ive read in a long while character driven erudite witty well researched with allusions to theater and literature dare i say educational cleverly structured like a puzzle and wrapped up in a satisfying ending. Francine prose credit christine jean chambers the play within the novel has the blandly lurid plot of a certain period of childrens literature mister monkey is an orphan his parents killed by poachers. Mister monkey is a childrens musical adapted from a novel written by a vietnam vet with ptsd said novel was converted by i read mister monkey for an on line discussion group i have always meant to read francine prose but somehow never have. Book reviews mister monkey by francine prose channels disappointment in many voices francine prose takes a comparatively light comic turn in her new novel about the disappointing lives of a group of people involved in an off off off off broadway musical based on a childrens book. Mister monkey is the latest novel by award winning writer francine prose nprs scott simon chats with prose about the novel which was inspired after a seeing a play with her granddaughter scott simon host francine proses his new novel is the backstage story of a threadbare musical made from a
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