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Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book (1989)

Helena Grice

in Maxine Hong Kingston

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780719064029
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701003 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719064029.003.0004
Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book (1989)

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After Kingston's first two books, the quiet bemusement of critics which was the predominant response to Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book came as quite a change. Tripmaster Monkey actually only covers a two-month period in 1963 in the life of young would-be beatnik, Chinese American graduate Wittman Ah Sing, but through a series of nine relatively unconnected episodes, Kingston manages to capture the mood and tone of the whole era. The nine episodes or chapters which comprise Tripmaster Monkey track Wittman's literal journey through Berkeley and its environs, and his metaphorical journey in search of his identity. Along the way, he encounters a series of characters, including would-be sexual partners, his future wife Taña, soul-mates, friends and relatives, all of whom ultimately all come together to help Wittman stage a play at the culmination of the novel.

Keywords: Maxine Kingston; Tripmaster Monkey; Wittman Ah Sing; Berkeley

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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