Patti Smith – Year of the Monkey


Bloomsbury presents Year of the Monkey by Patti Smith, read by Patti Smith.

From the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids and M Train, a profound, beautifully realised memoir in which dreams and reality are vividly woven into a tapestry of one transformative year.

Following a run of New Years concerts at San Franciscos legendary Fillmore, Patti Smith finds herself tramping the coast of Santa Cruz, about to embark on a year of solitary wandering. Unfettered by logic or time, she draws us into her private wonderland, with no design yet heeding signs, including a talking sign that looms above her, prodding and sparring like the Cheshire Cat.

In February, a surreal lunar year begins, bringing with it unexpected turns, heightened mischief and inescapable sorrow. In a strangers words, ‘Anything is possible: after all, its the year of the monkey.’ For Patti Smith – inveterately curious, always exploring, tracking thoughts, writing the year evolves as one of reckoning with the changes in lifes gyre: with loss, aging, and a dramatic shift in the political landscape of America.

Smith melds the Western landscape with her own dreamscape. Taking us from Southern California to the Arizona desert; to a Kentucky farm as the amanuensis of a friend in crisis; to the hospital room of a valued mentor; and by turns to remembered and imagined places – this haunting memoir blends fact and fiction with poetic mastery. The unexpected happens; grief and disillusionment. But as Patti Smith heads toward a new decade in her own life, she offers this balm to the listener: her wisdom, wit, gimlet eye and, above all, a rugged hope of a better world.

Riveting, elegant, often humorous, Year of the Monkey is a moving and original work, a touchstone for our turbulent times.

Author: Patti Smith
Narrator: Patti Smith
Duration: 3 hours 49 minutes
Released: 19 Nov 2010
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Language: English

User Review:

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Wonderful story and wonderful life. I have loved his music my whole life and now I know the Man behind the music.