Book reviews

Monkey Temple by Peter Gelfan

4/5 stars

I received this book from Ryder Author Resources in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis:

A coming-of-old-age adventureTwo longtime best friends and rivals, 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 as the dreams of youth collide with the realities of a life lived.

My Review:

Reading this book felt like talking to my parents’ friends about some of their experiences in the 60s and 70s. The meandering tales of New York City’s East Village, Paris and London in the 60s and 70s that were formative for this merry band of friends is reminiscent of Kerouac or Orwell. This fun loving, introspective group does not want to be counted out yet and so set off on an adventure of a lifetime. When they first come across The Monkey Temple they are not sure what it is (a falling down chicken coup?) but soon become invested in mortgaging it and it becomes something that makes them passionate and reminds them what it means to be alive. A good read for anyone who feels their youth is in the rearview, but wants to remember that they are still alive.

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