Top positive review
on 3 April 2017
Written in 1972 with the US war in Asia fresh in the mind, this short novel is about humans landing on a forest world inhabited by peaceful, intelligent green monkeys. Or short, green, furry humans, depending on your point of view. Deforestation starts, the monkeys are subdued and enslaved. Some of the women monkeys are raped. Some of the men are pubicly castrated. The monkeys are different, in that they have waking dreams and sometimes the dreams become reality. One monkey in particular, whose wife was raped and killed by a macho racist bigot soldier rebels and 200 humans are killed. From there, there is a tense stand off, with the humans having helicopters and fire power and the monkeys having numbers and the benefit of local knowledge.
It's a quiet, thoughtful book. Definitely worth a read.