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Dream on Monkey Mountain, and other plays.

Author: Derek Walcott
Publisher: New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux [1970]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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On a Caribbean island, the morning after a full moon, Felix Hobain tears through the market in a drunken rage. Taken away to sober up in jail, all that night he is gripped by hallucinations: the impoverished hermit believes he has become a healer, walking from village to village, tending to the sick, waiting for a sign from God. In this dream, his one companion, Moustique, wants to exploit his power. Moustique  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Drama
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Walcott, Derek.
Dream on Monkey Mountain.
New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux [1970]
(OCoLC)760270827
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Derek Walcott
ISBN: 0374143684 9780374143688 0374508607 9780374508609
OCLC Number: 111060
Description: 326 pages 22 cm
Contents: What the twilight says : an overture --
The sea at Dauphin --
Ti-Jean and his brothers --
Malcochon, or the six in the rain --
Dream on Monkey Mountain.

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On a Caribbean island, the morning after a full moon, Felix Hobain tears through the market in a drunken rage. Taken away to sober up in jail, all that night he is gripped by hallucinations: the impoverished hermit believes he has become a healer, walking from village to village, tending to the sick, waiting for a sign from God. In this dream, his one companion, Moustique, wants to exploit his power. Moustique decides to impersonate a prophet himself, ignoring a coffin-maker who warns him he will die and enraging the people of the island. Hobain, half-awake in his desolate jail cell, terrorized by the specter of his friend's corruption, clings to his visionary quest. He will try to transform himself; to heal Moustique, his jailer, and his jail-mates; and to be a leader for his people. Dream on Monkey Mountain was awarded the 1971 Obie Award for a Distinguished Foreign Play when it was first presented in New York, and Edith Oliver, writing in The New Yorker, called it "a masterpiece."

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