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Read Ó PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Æ Patti Smith 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 yearFollowing a run of New Year’s concerts at San Francisco’s legendary Fill 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 Year of PDFE. Surrealism in words Free flowing thoughts a fever dream all can be used when experiencing this latest voyage through Smith's thoughts An experience it is interpretations sometimes in dreams sometimes in reality non linear but her words descriptions are poetic Starting with an old friend who is in the hospital dying what he meant to her taking her back to the past comparisons with all she sees Her last year before turning seventy in the year of the monkey Her husband gone twenty years now her friend Sam Shepherd struggling with ALS her past her dreams all blending into the present the future A little talk of music books but mostly of signs how things can be interpretedLike Ali Smith the nearest comparison i can make though Ali is fiction this Smith non memoir but both are uniue in the writing field Sometimes it was hard to decipher what was the dream the actual experience How does it apply to her reality now as it is or was Still can't uite figure Ernest's part but despite that her words the way she uses them often had me transfixed Does her mind ever shutdown her thoughts stop I listened to this she reads her own book and it was wonderful to hear her recent musings thoughts in her own smokey voice

Review Year of the Monkey

Year of the Monkey Review ´ 0 È [EPUB] ✸ Year of the Monkey By Patti Smith – 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 yearFoll From the National Book Award winnin PUBCheshire Cat In February a surreal lunar year begins bringing with it unexpected turns heightened mischief and inescapable sorrow In a stranger’s words “Anything is possible after all it’s the Year of the Monkey” For Smith–inveterately curious always exploring tracking thoughts writing–the year evolves as one of reckoning with the changes in life’s 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 California to the Arizona desert to a Kentucky farm. This is a year in the life of Patti Smith and it’s wrapped up like a dream We start out and she is on the California coast at the Dream Inn Her life friend Sam I'm not sure if they’re married or not is dying She wraps her life up with this ‘life is but a dream’ imagery I love her prose and how she entangles all these events together She is moving about the country She goes to San Francisco and Kentucky and New York and ends up in Virginia Beach She is a ramblerThis is 2016 the year of the Monkey and the Monkey is about the trickster She brings the election of Trump into this mischief but she never names himShe is trying to make sense of her world and I feel she is taking stock of the life she has lived and boiling her life down to essentials She has lost a lot of people in her life at this point of being 70 She has a way with ideas and words This was an enjoyable read for me I’m so glad I picked it up I want to read M Train by her Maybe Woolgathering as well She puts you in a different headspace It’s not about plot or conflict It’s philosophy it’s prose it’s ideas and it’s people and what she can make out about that I generally read very plot driven stories I do love a plot driven story but sometimes that gets old and this is a breath of fresh air for me Life doesn’t always need to be driven by plot and neither does fiction Sometimes people are interesting enough on their own I think I might be a character driven reader

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Year of the MonkeyAs 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 set in But as Smith heads toward a new decade in her own life she offers this balm to the reader her wisdom wit gimlet eye and above all a rugged hope for a better world Riveting elegant often humorous illustrated by Smith’s signature Polaroids Year of the Monkey is a moving and original work a touchstone for our turbulent times. Patti Smith is nothing if not a wordsmith I would love to spend a day in her head because her brain is a fascinating one Year of the Monkey is kind of a memoir of Patti living a kind of vagabond existence for one year of her life 2016 I believe but it also veers into an area where reality and fiction are blurred It becomes uite odd at times and I can't say I loved all of it But for the most part I was in such a uiet little zone reading this I felt really detached from reality like I was wandering the streets with Patti herself and that was great There is something so comforting about her describing something as mundane as getting breakfast and endless cups of coffee and I can't imagine ever not enjoying that