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Kingdom of Monkeys

Kingdom of Monkeys

by Adam Lewis Schroeder
     
 

Charting the steamy jungles and murky depths of the South Seas, these stories dip into the lives of a Malay boy in 19th century Singapore, a Dutch painter in wartime Bali, and an opium-smoking porter in northern Thailand. In a brilliant reworking of Conrad's Heart of Darkness and Coppola's Apocalypse Now, the closing novella tracks a martyr to his lair and reveals

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Charting the steamy jungles and murky depths of the South Seas, these stories dip into the lives of a Malay boy in 19th century Singapore, a Dutch painter in wartime Bali, and an opium-smoking porter in northern Thailand. In a brilliant reworking of Conrad's Heart of Darkness and Coppola's Apocalypse Now, the closing novella tracks a martyr to his lair and reveals Kurtz alive and well and living among us. Cunningly exposing the tattered vestiges of colonial power in Asia, Schroeder reinvents the exotic, the exquisite, and the exiled. "Schroeder has a light, lucid touch; he resists ... heavy-handed condemnation of Western consumerism and ... goggle-eyed promotion of Eastern mysticism." -- Quill & Quire (Starred Review) "The texture and scents and colors -- the otherness -- of Indonesia, the Philippines, even 19th-century Singapore, shimmer on the page." -- Globe and Mail

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Colonialism, political strife and poverty inform the novella and six stories that make up Adam Lewis Schroeder's Kingdom of Monkeys, set in such locales as Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines. In the oddly touching "Seven Years with Wallace," an English naturalist prepares to return to England. His young assistant, Ali, who is from Borneo, yearns to go with him, even though such a thing "is not done." A desperate, opium-smoking river guide's assistant is moved to an act of violence against an English tourist in "Many Many Elephants." The novella, "Beautiful Feet," follows a family of missionaries, Barney and Melissa Jordan and their 16-year-old son, Graeme, from Vancouver to the Philippines. With varying degrees of conviction, they trek deeper into the jungles, looking for souls to save. It's an intriguing story, although it's derailed somewhat by flashbacks and Apocalypse Now references. This young Canadian author has a keen eye and a sense of empathy that helps to bring his diverse characters to life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781551924045
Publisher:
Raincoast Book Distribution
Publication date:
08/28/2002
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.46(w) x 8.04(h) x 0.56(d)

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