Griever by Gerald Robert Vizenor
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By Gerald Robert Vizenor


An American Monkey King in China

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Griever by Gerald Robert Vizenor

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Weaving political commentaries, cultural adventures and Chinese and Native American Indian myths into stories rich in adventure and mystery, this tale is about Griever de Hocus, a reservation-born tribal "trickster" and his accomplice who decide to go to the People's Republic of China and create havoc there by flouting the rigid conventions of socialism is a series of outrageous acts. From his hijacking of a truckload of condemned Chinese prisoners to his daring escape in an ultralight plane, Griever personifies the character of the Monkey King, the cosmic tribal "trickster" common to Chinese and Native American mythology. This book was winner of the Fiction Collective Prize and the 1988 American Book Award.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780816618491
ISBN-10: 0816618496
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 13mm)
Pages: 238
Imprint: University of Minnesota Press
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publish Date: 1-Jun-1990
Country of Publication: United States

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US Kirkus Review » Academic but nevertheless entertaining adventures of an American Indian gone to China in an exchange program to teach. Griever de Hocus is a Native American raised on the reservation, a "mixed-blood tribal trickster," a kind of official cosmic clown. Through a government program, he heads off to teach at Zhou Enlai University, about two hours from Beijing, and there the fun begins. The lanky, irreverent Griever overwhelms the Chinese with his antics, as when he insists on freeing marketplace chickens due for the pot or helps condemned prisoners escape. Griever's antics do not endear him to Egas Zhang, the foreign affairs director at the school (a sinister type who is always asking Griever to get him bear paws for an aphrodisiac), but he does end up wooing the lovely translator, Hester Hua Dan, whom he unfortunately gets pregnant. Also unfortunately, she turns out to be Egas' daughter - and he drowns her. The bereaved Griever makes a fantastical escape to Macao on an ultralight plane, bringing with him another beautiful woman (also his lover) with whom he will presumably be spending some time in the free world. This is a socio/political novel, all about clashing cultures and the similarities between Chinese and Native American mythologies - and Vizenor can be didactic in teaching his "lessons." But there is humor here, and a great sense of playfulness, which makes for an unusual comic novel. (Kirkus Reviews)

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