The Monkey Bible: A Modern Allegory; Includes The Line, A Companion Music Cd By Eric Maring
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The Monkey Bible: A Modern Allegory; Includes The Line, A Companion Music Cd By Eric Maring

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The Monkey Bible is the story of Emmanuel, a young college bound Christian man who suddenly has reason to suspect that his genetic make-up, and indeed the story of his creation, is not what he had thought it had been. Dismayed and seemingly alienated from his Church, Emmanuel journeys around the world in search of his genetic and spiritual origins, identity, and community....more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 16th 2010 by Outer Rim Press, LLC (first published September 2010)
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I received this book as an ARC from the publisher and for some reason I thought it was non-fiction. It wasn't but I read it anyway. It's the story of a college student who believes he is the result of a gene-splicing experiment which added some ape DNA into his DNA. Once he learns this he feels the bible no longer applies to him as he is not fully human. He then travels the world in an effort to learn about and save apes. The storyline was not particularly believable and I can't say I really enj...more
Very poorly written. The characters have no personalities and are incredibly underdeveloped. Everything that happens, every person they come in contact with, far too convenient and unbelievable. The author clearly has a point to get across but fails miserably in the execution.
I couldn't get into this book and didn't finish. It feels like the author has a point of view to express and the story and characters suffer for this message. It's poorly written and boring. It doesn't have the stuff that makes a novel fun to read (for me).
I am frankly very disappointed in this book. It had so much potential, and I really enjoyed the first maybe two-thirds of it. Up to that point, Laxer posed questions that I personally thought were fascinating: What is the relationship between humans and the "non-human" world? Do we have any right to separate them at all [I don't think we do]? What does religion mean? How does the mental process of religion relate to the physical world? I was also impressed that there were no direct answers to th...more
Not everyone is going to love this book. Some, as reflected in the one review I've found so far, are going to hate it. I found the premise interesting but thought I might fall into the “hate it” camp.

The book is “a modern allegory,” a novel about a young man who discovers that he is part ape. Because he is an animal instead of fully man, a “manimal,” he believes his cherished Bible doesn't apply to him. He goes on a quest to find his ape family. And one of his friends decides to write a Monkey B...more
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The Monkey Bible promises to bridge the gap between religion and science, and to blur the line between fact and faith. I take the journey to see if author Mark Laxer delivers.

The novel begins with Emmanuel, a young Christian man, finding proof of his father's long buried secret in the attic - Emmanuel may have been the subject of genetic research, in which his genes were combined with those of a primate. This life-altering discovery l...more
This is a rather gimmicky book, but it hooked me in the beginning when the protagonist was presented as manimal; a great ape/human hybrid on a quest for his origins and questioning his place in the world. One of the principal tensions in the book is Emmanuel’s concern that, because he is not fully human, that the Bible’s promise of salvation does not apply to him. There are many, far more interesting issues that are introduced: habitat destruction, loss of biological diversity, extinction, waste...more
Julie Schoerke
Author Mark Laxer asks the question, where is the line between human animals and other animals. Emmanuel is a young Christian man who struggles with his identity when he comes to believe that he may not be fully human. Can you get to heaven when you're part ape? The author has created some fun and wildly imaginative off-shoots such as iRude phone app (to go with a theme of the book of about rude people using cell phones) - check it out:
I wouldn't bother with this pap. Normally I might be kinder to the author, but this prose is overcooked and underdone - in addition, way too many masturbatory moments in the first few pages. The accompanying CD contains everything that is wrong with "New Age" music. Everything.
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Oct 22, 2010 Peg marked it as to-read
I am always interested in reading materials that are pro-environment, pro-science AND pro-evolution particularly if it's tucked into religion (where it fits beautifully). I'm very curious about this review said it is not well written so that discourages me a tad but I still wish to check it out & see the message of the book. Have to get my hands on one without buying it first, though.....that won't be easy.
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Long ago, Mark Laxer's quest to understand the bigger world landed him in the inner circle of a brilliant, charismatic guru gone mad. After writing Take Me For A Ride and weathering a $30 million lawsuit, Laxer continued the quest by writing The Monkey Bible, which asks science, religion, and mythology what it means to be human. Laxer runs a software corporation, a free monthly storytelling gather...more
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