"The Old Man and The Monkey: The story of a friendship." (Paperback) by George Polley.
I had until today not read any of George Polley's work. From today onward I will seek it out to read.
Every once in a while we are fortunate enough to come upon something unique, something that touches, provokes, and stirs us to action. This book, is one of those moments for me. It's sublety should never be overlooked. George Polley invites you into a world familiar, yet not necessarily comfortable.
Comfort is one thing you may seek, yet comfort without thought is not what he does here. He gently breaches that zone, making this reader smile wryly at the discovery of so many people I recognize, including myself.
An old man, and his relationship with a monkey...simple? No...No, not simple. For the friendship that is shared between this one man, and an animal, touches off a deep seated fear of the unknown in it's characters. The "What if" factor.
Lessons learned, lives changed. Oh yes.
Yet George doesn't thump a table, he doesn't raise his voice to gain your attention, he invites you, he gently challenges you, and he allows you to laugh and cry at the unveiling of yourself.
A marvelous, moving book. For this reader a sparkling moment of clarity found within its pages.
A FIVE STAR RATING.