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2 May 2007 Reading Journal Dr. Sun Hee Teresa Lee Monkey Gibberish? I began reading Griever An American Monkey King In China with many reservations. Mainly because Griever is introduced through an almost psychedelic dream about a bear “wearing a small blue rabbit on a chain around her neck” (p.17) and flying over desert landscapes while Griever’s physical self flies on a plane. I thought this was an interesting way to introduce the novel, but it also provides insight on what Vizenor is commenting on in the novel. The pervasive theme of Native American and Chinese folklore play a large role in the novel and are delicately weaved into the plot almost like the entire story is a dream sequence in itself. I do think the novel is a dream sequence with fun and exciting twists that can be confusing but are also brilliant at the same time. In the introduction to part 2, Vizenor quotes Vera Schwarcz, “In a society where
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