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Bad monkeys

Bad monkeys / Matt Ruff

Bad monkeys is a weird novel to categorize. The author describes it as being inspired by Philip K. Dick, and I guess the influence is there, but it is more heavily plot-driven than Dick’s work and thematically it’s completely opposed to Dick’s work. There’s something of a twist ending which I will discuss but I’ll save that part for the end and leave it clearly marked.

Plot summary

Jane Charlotte has apparently murdered a man named Dixon. The bulk of the book occurs in the context of Charlotte’s interview with a psychiatrist, Dr. Vale, as she explains the justification for her actions as she claims to be an operative of the Department for the Final Disposition of Irredeemable Persons. Charlotte explains significant events in her life with a special emphasis on her relationship with her younger brother.

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