Hanuman, the red-faced monkey chief and ninth grammarian of Hindu mythology, is the protagonist of this dazzling narrative - a mind-journey to the temple of Galta in India and the occasion for Octavio Paz to explore the nature of naming and knowing, time and reality, and fixity and decay.
A poetic and deeply surrealistic work, Octavio Paz’s The Monkey Grammarian - translated for this audiobook by Helen Lane - is an intricately woven tapestry of rich language and description, a whole world unto itself, in which you may, thanks to Daniel May’s lyrical performance of the text, linger for a while, fully immersed.
May has a wonderful sense of timing, and his voice ebbs and flows in perfect tune with Paz’s dense prose, which, in simplest terms, follows Hindu mythological figure Hanuman, the Monkey Chief, on a spiritual journey to the abandoned Indian town of Galta. The Monkey Grammarian requires careful attention; but it will prove an immensely rewarding work for the devoted listener.
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