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.
My Favourite Quotes:
“What did I want? What did it matter? Besides, that’s a treacherous question whose answer can never be trusted.”
“A lifetime of possessions, relationships, habits, comforts, prides, fears, hamster-wheel patterns of perception, thought, and feeling, compressing you from light to flesh to bone to stone to dust. When they’ve shattered, they leave you not in nirvana but naked, alone, and alive. And acutely aware of your worst defects.”
“‘A loved one can be someone you hate.'”
“You never know your innermost attachment, your core self-definition, the illusion that imprisons you and is you, because you’re too close to it to see it. Maybe all you can do is break every attachment you do see until only one remains, or maybe none.”
“‘You said you had a calling. Whatever you ascribe it to, what’s a calling but an intense, driving passion from something not completely rational?'”
“When people ask you to be honest with them about themselves, you have to wonder just how honest they mean.”
Monkey Temple is filled to the brim with a plethora of characters and the climax of a lifetime of friendship.
I found some great quotes which really resonated with me and I found myself drawn into those insights. The reflection of the two main characters on their past and current lives at times had a refreshing quality when a lot of the literature I currently read casts a much younger group of individuals.
In all honesty, this review has been a bit of a difficult one for me to write as I feel like the reflections and perceptions of the main characters own conclusions on life were of greater interest to me than the dialogue and interactions between the characters themselves.
I kept reading the last quote I included in the above section as I tried to write this review: “When people ask you to be honest with them about themselves, you have to wonder just how honest they mean.” For the purpose of the rest of this review, I might insert [their work] in place of themselves.
Writing a story like Monkey Temple which is a culmination of the life of an individual and their closest friends and what it means to reach this part of their lives is a foreign subject to me as I have yet to reach this particular destination myself. With this in mind, I often found myself at odds with the dialogue between the characters and felt disjointed in connecting with the characters.
I feel like there were some hidden gems in this novel which surprised me but overall it just wasn’t the read for me.
I would suggest dear readers for you to take a look at the reviews left by others on the Goodreads page of Monkey Temple. I feel like they give a broader and perhaps a better description of their thoughts on the book. You can find it here!
I heart Monkey Temple this much:
♥ ♥ !!
*** Copy received from the author in exchange for an honest review ***