Year of the Monkey

Year of the Monkey

From the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids and M Train, a profound, beautifully realized memoir in which dreams and reality are vividly woven into a tapestry of one transformative year. Following a run of New Year?s concerts at San Francisco?s legendary Fillmore, Patti Smith finds herself tramping the coast of Santa Cruz, about to embark on a year of solitar From the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids and M Train, a profound, beautifully realized memoir in wh...

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Title:Year of the Monkey
Author:Patti Smith
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:Year of the Monkey
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:176 pages pages

Year of the Monkey Reviews

  • Alvin
    Oct 21, 2019
    A surreal, mournful, and charmingly aimless story full of poetic verbiage and (a first for Ms. Smith, I think) flashes of wry humor. As a professional cynic and self-deprecator, I am usually resistant to self-serious romanticism, but this book carries it off beautifully. ...
  • Kivrin Engle
    Oct 19, 2019
    "Smith melds the western landscape with her own dreamscape in a haunting, poetic blend of fact and fiction." (From the book jacket) How could I not fall in love with Patti?s storyscape which begins on New Year?s Day, in Santa Cruz, at our one beachfront hotel, Dream Inn? When I ...
  • Cheri
    Oct 04, 2019
    ?Marcus Aurelius asks us to note the passing of time with open eyes. Ten thousand years or ten thousand days, nothing can stop time, or change the fact that I would be turning seventy in the Year of the Monkey. Seventy. Merely a number but one indicating the passing of a significant...
  • Misha
    Sep 29, 2019
    While neither of her subsequent memoirs have, in my mind, held a candle to the consummately written Just Kids, Patti Smith is still a worthy literary companion. Smith is the endless wanderer, a writer and thinker who imbues every chance meeting with magic and grace, an artist who talks...
  • Kimley
    Sep 25, 2019
    Tosh and I discuss this on our Book Musik podcast. Tosh and Kimley discuss Year of the Monkey by Patti Smith. As a punk rock icon, she rocked our impressionable teenage souls and now she?s taking us on a dreamy literary excursion with her latest memoir. Patti Smith may be best kno...
  • Joseph Spuckler
    Sep 25, 2019
    Patti Smith is back with a story told in her own style --part real and part "dream." There is talk of books and old friends, talk of the past and politics, and mysteries and good books. Smith is quickly becoming the last (wo)man standing from the New York punk scene. In fact, she loses...
  • Chris
    Oct 02, 2019
    "We stood on either side of him, promising to mentally hold on to him, keep an open channel, ready to intercept and accept any signal. Not just shards of love, as Sandy would say, but the whole goblet." "This is what I know. Sam is dead. My brother is dead. My mother is dead. My fat...
  • Teri
    Oct 28, 2019
    I don?t think these should be reviews or book reports. I think our comments should be reactions, meaningful parts and takeaways. That said there is something about Smith?s books that totally suck me in. Partly because her life is so foreign to my own and partly because I often won...
  • Karen deVries
    Oct 15, 2019
    Seems like people either love this one or are bitterly disappointed. Count me among those who love it. For a few of my grad school years, I lived within a mile of Santa Cruz?s Dream Inn, which is where the story begins. Loved the way its sign signified so much throughout, especially ...
  • Mimi
    Sep 25, 2019
    More fiction-ish than her past books, with passages that might be dreams or might be real life. Her dark thoughts about the current administration, and concern about issues such as climate change and immigration, come through clearly, though. On a side note, it seems like Patti Smith d...
  • Sarah
    Aug 01, 2019
    Patti Smith's latest memoir recounts the happenings of her life in 2016, which, somewhat unsurprisingly, was the year of the monkey (??) in the Chinese zodiac. The reader follows Smith as she hitchhikes around the U.S. while grappling with the death and illness of two close friends...
  • aconeyisland
    Oct 15, 2019
    Detective stories again | I woke abruptly and checked the time, hardly a dent. Distractedly I picked up one of the Bible archaeology magazines. I?ve always enjoyed reading them, like offshoots of detective digests, always on the verge of uncovering an Aramaic fragment or tracking dow...
  • Angela
    Sep 30, 2019
    Patti Smith is the quintessential bohemian. When I read about the books and music and poetry and art and clothing she likes, it describes exactly what I would have pictured when I first learned that bohemianism was a thing. Even the places she chooses to live, with leaky roofs and weir...
  • Wm. Anthony Connolly
    Oct 02, 2019
    A far out farrago from our punk Rimbaud, Patti Smith. The book, a mix of fact and folly, charts 2016 and Smith?s sojourns, ruminations and her losses. A writer?s book. I listened to the audio book today travelling across the South narrated by Patti herself and it?s great even whe...
  • PorshaJo
    Oct 12, 2019
    I love Patti Smith. I got to see her talk on a book tour of her last book M Train. It was great, part lecture, part reading, and part concert of her singing some great music. Ha, that's lots of parts. She is a must read for me without even reading the book description. So naturally, I ...
  • Tyler Goodson
    Jun 19, 2019
    Alternating between lucid memoir and mystical, dreamlike sketches of the world around her, Patti Smith spends The Year of the Monkey dreading and mourning the loss of her friends and America as it once was. It's strange, beautiful, troubling, comforting. ...
  • Betty
    Sep 26, 2019
    I love a Patti Smith book. Getting to see the world through her eyes is a joy and I?m always very lonely and sad when her books end. The way she notices the world around her is true art and I?m so grateful she writes it down and shares it with us. ...
  • Tanya
    Oct 01, 2019
    "Nothing is ever solved. Solving is an illusion. There are moments of spontaneous brightness, when the mind appears emancipated, but that is mere epiphany." Since I've loved Patti Smith for as long as I can remember, it was clear that I would pick this new memoir up on release day...
  • Debbi
    Oct 01, 2019
    Brilliant and unpretentious, I love Patti Smith. This book, is more like a meditation than a memoir. It is a year of dreaming, death and change. Some of the sequences didn't speak to me, but in the end it didn't matter. It was wonderful to spend a few hours with such an amazing and wis...
  • Jules Kelly
    May 27, 2019
    It's Patti Smith's world, and we're just lucky to be living in it. ?Have actually you've seen it? I asked. ?You don't see things like that. You feel them, as in all important things; they arrive, they come into your dreams. ...
  • Todd Glaeser
    Oct 04, 2019
    There are very few voices as distinctive as Patti's, both as a writer and as a narrator. This is what I was looking for in her last poetry book. (Perhaps I should listen to the audiobook of that. My opinion could change.) I'd like to think that I have been a friend like Sandy Pearlman ...
  • Sandy
    Oct 13, 2019
    Short, sweet, dreamy and painful: just the way I like a book! ...
  • Manda
    Oct 06, 2019
    Oh, I really wanted to love this book but it wasn't anything like I imagined it to be. I adored 'Just Kids' and 'M Train' was just wonderful, they were both life-changing books for me but 'Year of the Monkey' was just too odd (and I like odd!) but this was almost like reading gibberish...
  • Leslie Ray
    Oct 22, 2019
    Reading this was like being apart someone's dream with insight into their reflections and thoughts while with the feeling of suspension in time that dreams often evoke. Patti Smith writes about the year 2016, which is the Chinese Year of the Monkey. She spends time hitchhiking and rela...
  • Chris Molnar
    Aug 22, 2019
    Just Kids is a romantic, bohemian coming of age memoir par excellence; I'm only slightly ashamed to say I moved to New York because of it. The follow-up M Train is not inspiring in the same way but still an interesting reflection of her peripatetic life as a respected middle aged artis...
  • Emily Rems
    Jul 09, 2019
    In the time since her exquisite memoir Just Kids won the National Book Award in 2010, godmother of punk Patti Smith has been documenting her travels with her pen and trusty Polaroid. In Year of the Monkey, her wanderlust drives her at age 69 from San Francisco to Santa Cruz to Arizona ...
  • Harry McDonald
    Sep 20, 2019
    ?It?s the dried-up-poet syndrome, necessitating plucking inspiration from the erratic air,? Patti Smith might be the great articulator of loss. So much of her work draws explicitly on it, all the way back to Horses. Her most famous book, Just Kids, was written out of a deathbe...
  • tortoise dreams
    Oct 13, 2019
    In her third memoir, Punk poet Patti Smith selects moments from 2016, an election year and the Year of the Monkey. Memoir Review: Year of the Monkey, as with her two previous memoirs, Just Kids and M Train, remembers lost friends and lovers. Just as she eulogized Robert Mapplethorpe...
  • Kevin Dickson
    Oct 13, 2019
    Truly beautiful. A kind and warm elegy to so many things. Age, love, friends, intellect, loss. The mystery of dreams and the mystery of life in trying times. This book is a blessing of insight and imagination. I loved it deeply and will return to it soon. ...
  • Richard Santos
    Jul 18, 2019
    Patti Smith is a poet warrior who's maybe reaching her peak as the country reaches a low point. This book is hypnotic and , as the title warns you, dream like. Long sections are hallucinatory, inspired, and it's impossible to tell what's real and what's not real but still truthful. Thi...