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"The truth is that though Will Self's stories are located in the modern world, his interest in it is a timeless one — to show, through satire, the preposterousness of the ways in which we live. To render, with a sympathetic but woeful chuckle, how we yearn to believe in things — and the ridiculous places to which our determination and folly lead us." —Details
Fans of Will Self's satirical fiction and stunning prose will not be disappointed in the latest from the author who brought readers through the bizarre war between the sexes in Cock & Bull and into the costly world of high-stakes business in My Idea of Fun. With Great Apes, Self takes readers into a sort of "Planet of the Apes" with a twist.
Simon Dykes is a London painter whose life suddenly becomes Kafkaesque. After an evening of routine debauchery, traipsing from toilet to toilet and partaking in a host of narcotics, the middle-aged painter wakes to discover that his girlfriend, Sarah, has turned into a chimpanzee. Simon is also a chimp, but he does not accept this fact — he is convinced that he is still human.
He is then confined to an emergency psychiatric ward and placed under the care of alpha-psychiatrist Dr. Zack Busner. Simon finds chimp behavior a bit unnatural; he can't bring himself to use gestures rather than speech to communicate. He also finds it difficult to mate publicly or accept social grooming. Dr. Zack Busner — also a medical doctor, radical psychoanalyst, maverick axiolytic drug researcher, and former televisionpersonality— is prepared to help Simon get used to "chimpunity." It is during Simon's gradual simianization that Self's true satirical genius shines, as he examines anthropology, the trendy art world, animal rights, and much more.
In Great Apes, described by Publishers Weekly as "one of the funniest and most perversely touching jests yet," Will Self turns his gift for satire on an all-time favorite victim — fellow man.