The Monkey Grammarian by Octavio Paz

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 1 Critic Review



Written while the Nobel Prize-winning author was the Mexican ambassador to India, this is a dazzling mind-journey to the temple city of Galta, "a sumptuous feast of visual imagery" (SFChronicle). Hanuman, the red-faced monkey god and ninth grammarian of Hindu mythology, is the protagonist, offering an occasion for Octavio Paz to explore the nature of time and reality, fixity and decay, and the question whether language and grammar are god-given, or an invention of man with powers borrowed from the divine realm?

About Octavio Paz

See more books from this Author
Octavio Paz (1914-1998) was born in Mexico City. He wrote many volumes of poetry, as well as a prolific body of remarkable works of non ction on subjects as varied as poetics, literary and art criticism, politics, culture, and Mexican history. He was awarded the Jerusalem Prize in 1977, the Cervantes Prize in 1981, and the Neustadt Prize in 1982. He received the German Peace Prize for his political work, and nally, the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1990.
Published October 1, 1981 by Grove Pr. 162 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Law & Philosophy. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for The Monkey Grammarian

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

At his best—which flares out here about half the time—Paz (Labyrinth of Solitude, A Draft of Shadows) writes a kind of philosophical/poetic essay which, seeking to recreate the dilemma of reality objectively, is most clearly associated with the work of such Frenchmen as Gaston Bachela...

Sep 28 1981 | Read Full Review of The Monkey Grammarian

Rate this book!

Add Review