|Plot Summary of Some Novel Monkey|
|"Martin Ralsey is a trust funder ineptly attempting to fulfill his parents' constant admonishments to make something of himself. Strangely enough, he decides it would be a good idea to commission a study to see if enough monkeys at enough typewriters really will write a great novel. Monkey number fifty-two writes and narrates Some Novel Monkey.
Fifty-Two wants only to escape the typing lab alive. Returning to his natural habitat would be a big bonus. Martin Ralsey's hired researcher, the overly ambitious Assistant Professor Bighorn, will do anything for tenure. He believes that having tenure will allow him to make the world a better place at some undetermined future date. Bighorn embezzles Martin's money and steals Martin's monkeys for use in Bighorn's cosmetics-testing project. Along comes Julie Mandril, a new undergraduate lab assistant who believes that the only way to save the monkeys is to bomb the monkey labs in an act of ecoterrorism.
In Some Novel Monkey, Fifty-Two attempts to understand the societal forces that have led Martin, Julie, and Bighorn to recklessly jeopardize the lives of Fifty-Two and his fellow lab monkeys.
David Kovsky, Resident Scholar
|"Fifty-two, the narrator of the novel, is number 52 out of 200 monkeys chained to typewriters. They are there because Martin Ralsey, a trust-funder trying to make something of himself, gets the bright idea that he is going to fund research to find out if the old adage is true: if you put enough monkeys at enough typewriters, one is sure to write a great novel.
Fifty-two is the monkey that writes the novel, and "Some Novel Monkey" is the product. Fifty-two has a unique, cynical, and hilarious view of the people around him and the state of the world. 52 makes fun of President Bush and homeland security.
The novel also speaks loudly about animal rights, and will appeal to people interested in this as well as politics, monkeys, and humor."
Lauren Bond, Resident Scholar
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|Review Analysis of Some Novel Monkey|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
- present (2000-2010)
- general liberal/left wing activism
Kind of animal:
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
- hard edged
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- Very much smarter than other characters
- average physique
- politician/elected ruler
How sensitive is this character?
- mean, arrogant
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 5 ()
Small town people:
- nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee
- scientific labs
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Lot of foul language?
- a lot of play on words
- a lot of flashback and forwards
- a lot of stream of consciousness
- No single main character?
- written like a journal/diary/letters
Is this an e-book?
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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