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The Monkey Bible
     

The Monkey Bible

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by Mark Laxer
 
The Monkey Bible, a novel by Mark Laxer, is the story of Emmanuel, a deeply religious young man who suddenly has reason to suspect that his genetic make-up, and indeed the story of his creation, is not what he had thought it had been. Dismayed and seemingly alienated from his Church, Emmanuel journeys across America, to England, and through Africa and Asia in search

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The Monkey Bible, a novel by Mark Laxer, is the story of Emmanuel, a deeply religious young man who suddenly has reason to suspect that his genetic make-up, and indeed the story of his creation, is not what he had thought it had been. Dismayed and seemingly alienated from his Church, Emmanuel journeys across America, to England, and through Africa and Asia in search of his genetic and spiritual origins, identity, and community. The Monkey Bible is the story of Lucy, a young woman from Seattle with a love of science who guides Emmanuel on his quest and, as a gift for her confused friend, rewrites Genesis from a non-hierarchical, biologically inclusive point of view. The Monkey Bible is the story of Evelyn, a young woman from Washington DC, whose faith in Emmanuel and in the Roman Catholic Church remains rock-solid throughout his - and her - soul-searching ventures into the realm of evolution and the natural world. The science behind this work of fiction is accurate, up-to-date, and accessible, and the reader comes to understand evolution and life science fundamentals - the biological creation story - as the adventure unfolds. While The Monkey Bible can be seen as the latest chapter in the larger-than-life debate between Darwinists and creationists, the novel is respectful of both sides, and strives to provide a gentle supportive bridge across which people who disagree can communicate. Ultimately, the novel is an exploration of the line - both scientific and mythological - which separates humans from non-human animals. It is an exploration of the line which separates science from religion. It is an exploration of the need in humans for creation myths, constructive or otherwise, and for storytelling. It is an exploration of what it means to be human and an exploration of the hierarchical nature of our social structures. It is a timely and necessary plea to slightly alter the stories by which humans define themselves as a way to protect life, and in particular the human species, from extinction.

Editorial Reviews

Alexander von Bismarck
An extraordinary achievement...filled with stimulating ideas for practical actions to save our planet, all delivered by a natural storyteller...The album ‘The Line’ produces ‘Graceland’ like heights of eclecticism and inventiveness, and mirrors the book’s own already lyrical approach to philosophy.
Booklist Booklist
...funny, entertaining, informative, and accessible, a clever teaching story that gently raises crucial questions about religion, science, and how we treat not only apes but all of creation.
Dr. Richard Wrangham, Harvard University
[Mark Laxer]...brings Aldous Huxley into the genetic age.
Patsy Sims
... one of the most innovative books I have read in a long time...the writing is fresh and wonderful...This is the work of a very creative thinker and writer.
Reverend Jay Hartley
...introduc[es] new perspectives in a non-threatening, open-minded, playful format...

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780963810816
Publisher:
Outer Rim Press, LLC
Publication date:
09/16/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
File size:
11 MB
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Meet the Author

Long ago, Mark Laxer’s quest to understand the bigger world landed him in the inner circle of a brilliant, charismatic guru gone mad. After writing Take Me For A Ride and weath­ering a $30 million lawsuit, Laxer continued the quest by writing The Monkey Bible, which asks science, religion, and mythology what it means to be human. Laxer runs a software corporation, a storytelling gathering, and a wildlife conservation organization. In 2004, he invented virtual ecotourism.

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The Monkey Bible: A Modern Allegory 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
harjen82 More than 1 year ago
Very poorly written. The characters have no personalities and are incredibly underdeveloped. Everything that happens, every person they come in contact with, far too convenient and unbelievable. The author clearly has a point to get across but fails miserably in the execution.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago