Year of the Monkey
by Patti Smith
✅ Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Smith has proved to be more powerful than a prose writer as she is a lyricist and, in the Year of the Monkey, she is based on delicate rhythms and bravura style of Children’s, M-Train. A meditation on aging, politics, and the American Dream, this is another wonderful memoir from an icon of rock music. By the author of Children’s and M Train, a deep, beautifully realized book of memories where dreams and reality are vividly woven into a tapestry of a year of transformation. Following a run of new year’s concerts in San Francisco, the legendary Fillmore, Patti Smith finds himself tramping the coast of Santa Cruz, about to embark on a year of travel solitaire. Devoid of logic or time, she draws us into her private paradise, no planning, no listening signs, including a talking sign that looms over her, encouragement, and sparring like the Cheshire Cat. In the month of February, a surreal lunar year begins, bringing with it unexpected consequences, increased the evil, and inevitable pain. A stranger’s words, “everything is possible, after all, is the year of the monkey.” Patti Smith – inveterately curious, always searching, monitoring thoughts, write the year evolves as a showdown with the changes in the lives of the vortex: with the loss, ageing, and a dramatic change in the political landscape of America. Smith melds the Western landscape with its dream landscape. From Southern California to the Arizona desert, a Kentucky farm as the amanuensis of a friend in crisis to the hospital room of a precious mentor; and turns to remember and imagine the places – this disturbing memoir mixes fact and fiction poetic skill. The unexpected happens, the pain and the disillusionment. But as Patti Smith directs it towards a new decade in her life, she offers a balm to the reader: his wisdom, intelligence, gimlet eye, and, above all, a robust hope of a better world. Charming, elegant, often humorous, illustrated with Smith’s signature Polaroid, Year of the Monkey is a moving and original, a touchstone for our tur…
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