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The Old Man & The Monkey [Kindle Edition]

George Polley

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'The Old Man & The Monkey' is a stunningly beautiful story of a relationship which develops between an old man and a creature which is regarded as a dangerous pest in Japan, a snow monkey, in George Polley's moving allegory of dignity in the face of racism.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 72 KB
  • Print Length: 62 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1451543778
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Taylor Street Publishing (June 17 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003T0GJ4E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Two elderly gentlemen May 9 2011
By Marj - Published on
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A story of only around 6,000 words, a children's tale with a more profound meaning than it at first appears. It is the story of a friendship between two elderly gentlemen, one human and one snow monkey. On one level, it is a simple and enjoyable children's story, and on another, it is almost like a parable, that friendship need know no bounds. Enjoyable, well written and of real value.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicate, yet powerfully moving July 29 2010
By Tiffany A. Harkleroad - Published on
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Yukitaro is a snow monkey who lives in the forrest outside the village. Genjiro and his wife, Harue, live in a little home on the edge of the village. One day, while sitting in his special meditation spot, Genjiro meets Yukitaro, and, together, they sit and look at the world. Over many months, Yukitaro and Genjiro strike up a strong, loving friendship, which many of the villagers criticize, but once they see the friendship in action, they eventually embrace Yukitaro.

Gorgeous. That is the only word that adequately describes this novella by George Polley. The story is set in Japan, where Polley now lives, and is a moving allegory for racism and excepting those outside your culture. The story is so delicate, yet powerful.

The characters of Genjiro and harue are relatable to many readers, because regardless of setting and ethnicity, this could be your grandparents. They are simple, living in their home, tending their garden, taking walks. They are ordinary, in a story that is extraordinary. I love watching the friendship between Genjiro and Yukitaro blossom, and seeing how others in the village are affected by their relationship. Each accepts the other into his life, regardless of what their peers may think, and in the end, they story inspires us to do the same.

Although I am not a student of music, I think this story, and it's message, would make for a moving opera or ballet. There is a powerful lesson to be learned here.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Treat May 6 2011
By Jean Sullivan - Published on
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Prepare yourself, dear reader, to enter the magical world of Yukitaro and Genjiro, and the friendship that develops between them. It is a story that reminds us of what true story telling, like true friendship, should be . . . it opens our eyes and our hearts and leaves us richer for having entered into their world.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Story For All the Ages June 14 2013
By Glenn A. Buttkus - Published on
Thanks for letting me read this lovely novella. It had all the ingredients of a fable, rife with both heart & morality. Somehow, without a lot of exposition, it gets to the marrow of our urban madness; it points the way to peace gently, quietly. It goes a long ways to explain the merits of inner silence, of meditation. For Yukitaro, whom I feel must have watched Genjiro at his "looking place" for years, to approach this man, to befriend him, to be his companion, was nothing short of miraculous, tingling with magic, with cosmic truth, with balance, with light & love. And of course, like any good fable, or tale, it speaks volumes about acceptance, paranoia, racism, distrust, selfishness, and the joy of letting another into our sphere, into our inner realm--and somehow to do so with silence, without specific language, without cajoling or begging or demanding--is a marvel of story telling.

As a film, and I think it would make a fine one, I see it, saw it in my mind as a hand-painted Anime by the master filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki. His films have thrilled me and touched me for decades. He is getting too old now to do the animation. He has a grandson to runs the empire now; has even allowed a bit of CGI to enter the stories. But as I read your book, I could see the rich colors, and the expressions, and the situations all happening in a Miyazaki film. Many of his films use the narrator too.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WE SHOULD ALL HAVE A FRIEND LIKE THIS May 6 2011
By Thomas W. Pope - Published on
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The delicate, long term friendship depicted in George Polley's "The Old Man & The Monkey" between a civilized man and a monkey from the wilderness reminded me of how important it is for human beings to stay in touch with the natural world. The story fulfils a dream and a desire to connect with the land we live in and the creatures who inhabit it. The monkey teaches us that if we wander through nature and explore it and love it and respect it -- it will offer us a freedom and fantasy, privacy and richness and energy that nothing else can. For our physical and emotional health, it would be wonderful to feel a kinship wth a being such as this marvelous monkey, this universal friend, who represents an older and larger world that is fast disappearing from the earth.

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