Monkey Temple is a coming-of-old-age adventure about two longtime best friends and rivals who, determined to "not go gentle into that good night," set off on a final road trip. Their efforts to face past failures and give meaning to their dwindling futures change their lives forever but not at all as they had envisioned. It's a buddy story with strong female characters and plenty of dark humor."Peter Gelfan's Monkey Temple is a rollicking journey down a winding road to a dubious paradise. I took a lot of pleasure in it. So familiar, the riffs and issues and experiences and characters-talkin' 'bout my generation-and I reveled in so many of the choices the author made in rendering them. Rich in insight and humor, it is, in the end, a story about stories themselves." - Tony Cohan, bestselling author of On Mexican Time
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I had a hard time getting into the first few pages of Monkey Temple, but I was soon captivated. As a woman of a certain age (roughly the same age as Jules, the protagonist of Monkey Temple), I found myself both living the story and reliving my own past as a child of the Age of Aquarius. I appreciated Jules’s lifelong search for himself and for enlightenment. He and various characters he’s met on his journey and remained at least on-again, off-again friends with for decades, are staring into the face of death. Scenes in the present pull up memories of the past and trips to Spain, Kathmandu, India, Morocco, sometimes using drugs, sometimes not. Jules, unsure of what he wants to do with whatever time he has left, and seeing his friend Ralston’s despair over a cancer diagnosis, embarks on a chaotic, aging-hippie road trip with all the wit of Kerouac and Kesey.
A well written tale, told by an expert writer, of old folks trying to add a bit of adventure into their lives. They manage it all right. Quite an adventure and one those over sixty will enjoy. It is also a tribute to friendship and its place in our lives.