Chimpanzee PDF Ú Hardcover

Chimpanzee PDF Ú Hardcover

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  1. Jenny (Reading Envy) Jenny (Reading Envy) says:

    This is a review of the hardcover but I have to say I am really looking forward to listening to the radio play version that arrived in my mailbox on SaturdayWhat I need in my dystopia is realism and possibility that it could happen here in my lifetime That is the brilliance Darin Bradley brings to his novels both in Noise and in Chimpanzee The premise of Chimpanzee may be even chilling to those of us working in academia who have seen the impact of the various economic downturns on expensive liberal arts educations Now that there are no job guarantees and no guarantee on the investment made often by the students through hefty loans people are starting to uestion the benefit of the system we have maintained for so longI hate this conversation because I work at one of those schools and depend on it for my livelihood So did the author for a while And that's where reality and the terror of this possible future start to blur within the novel Benjamin Cade actually Dr Benjamin Cade can't find work teaching and can't pay back his student loans He is in the middle of having his education repossessed a treatment that deletes memories along with knowledge In the meantime he is reuired to pay back the cost of the treatments by working for Renewal the government structure that reigns in some of the chaos during the New Depression Cade's memories are included every once in a while between the text of the present day and the reader can see how the repossession has started to effect them I don't want to say about the story because I think the rest should be discovered by the reader Anyone else still paying off their student loans? Yeah

  2. Lori Lori says:

    Read 12316 21164 Stars Strongly Recommended that you pay your friggen school loans off because holy shit the government is gonna get theirsPages 216Publisher Underland PressReleased 2015Holy fuck you guys get those school loans paid off prontoIn a future dystopia America enters The Second Great Depression and people are losing their jobs left and right In an effort to maintain some form of control as college grads begin to default on their school loans the government starts forcefully removing their unpaid 'education' and the memories attached to that education from their brains through a process called Repossession Therapy A crazy underground movement emerges one that Dr Benjamin Cade finds himself pulled into when he begins holding free classes in the middle of a local park in a desperate attempt to pass on his knowledge before it's completely taken from him It's like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind only you don't get to choose what's taken from you And what's taken from you can be stored stolen and sold on the black market It's a fucking horror show I don't know about you but if my husband or I lost our job and could only afford to pay some of our bills I'd make damn sure we'd throw all of our money at the ones that would cause someone to come knocking on my door tie me to a couch and suck memories out of my brain Cell phone bill? Suddenly not important any Sell the shittin' things on Ebay Cable bill? Nu uh Screw that No Walking Dead and X Files It's a sacrifice I am willing to make Car loans? Welp one of us is out of work so we don't need to drive anywhere any They can repo the car Take it Have fun with it Credit cards? Ok come on over and take back the couch the TV since we won't be watching anything on it haha and whatever else we've charged But no fucking way are you putting that memory sucking freak cap on my head and messing with my mind Not having itThis is science fiction grounded in reality This is fright fiction because it's not so far fetched This is the kind of book we'll look back on in 20 years and say how the hell did Darin predict this? It's scary because it could happen It's scary because Darin could be writing about himself It's scary because it's something I could see our government doing when push comes to shoveAnd how strangely timely because have you seen the news? A man was just recently arrested for failure to appear in court for a school loan that went unpaid for nearly 30 years This future it's coming And it ain't looking too promising ya'll

  3. Yann Rousselot Yann Rousselot says:

    So if you took Twelve Monkeys add The Time Traveler's Wife but subtract the time travel multiply by 1984 factor in Strange Days and divide by Fight Club you get Chimpanzee Wow that reuired some intense concentration Had I had a PhD it would have been easier maybe I do and it was repossessedHonestly I fell into this novel with gusto The prose is tight so tight sometimes you wish he's just let loose with some florid flourish but Bradley's prose is straight edge sharp as a tack The narrator has a PhD in cognitive science and philosophy or something so a lot of the work is steeped in this first person's clever dick POV but it's not showing off it's central to the plot Well sort of The world is crumbling this sort of failed capitalist leading to failed socialist nightmare dystopia errday errthang is falling to pieces people are having their educations repossessed like some clockwork orange therapy and anyone defaulting on their loans becomes a slave to the state There is a revolution fomenting a black market currency rising censorship is the order of the day everyone is afraid of taxes and government intervention and there is no spoon and the cake is a lie There is not much action either but there is this love story That's one of the things that kept me going the love story is close to the bone tempered by the greyness of time and hardship a sort of realism a sort of deromanticising which is romantic in itself The flashbacks grow gap toothed memories collapse crumbling the foundations of a love story à la Eternal Sunshine truly poignantThe plot is dense moves along smoothly the prose is so clever and yet nebulous imagine a philosopher painting the world as his mind falls apart I found myself getting into it just because I like the sound of the guy's voice The thing about The Time Traveler's Wife Fight Club Strange Days and 12 Monkeys is that the ending was always so spectacular you were left kind of breathless gasping like a fish out of water The ending to Chimp is a little flat in comparison specially given the scale of the conclusion the actual events all seem muted by the character's distant POV That clinical distance is an interesting device and creates this space for commentary humour and poignant moments but also takes us away from the action a little I am a sucker for action but it wasn't a deal breaker this is a strong novel with rich characters who I wanted to understand wanted to see unfold Highly recommend I'll be keeping an eye out for Bradley's work in the future

  4. Jess Jess says:

    I didn't like this book because frankly I didn't understand it I don't know what happened in it and I don't know what it was trying to sayI was intrigued by the premise that if one defaults on his student loans the government could repossess the knowledge you had gained during your education That idea is tied up with what exactly constitutes the self our memories experiences associations or something concrete?However everything was far too vague to understand what the author was saying Even the basic plot is unclear to me as well as the mechanisms by which the repossession therapy and chimping are executed There are things that just don't make sense The main character has no idea what's going on and is constantly exhorted to figure it out It doesn't seem like he ever does and I certainly didn't Nothing was answered nothing was explained I don't know if the author really just didn't have any answers or thought that this style of obfuscating and implying was groundbreaking writing given that he has a PhD in literary theory I'm guessing a little of column A and a little of column B but whatever he was attempting was not successful

  5. Charles Dee Mitchell Charles Dee Mitchell says:

    In Noise Bradley's first novel groups of young people learned that in the static of now defunct analog television broadcasts some person or group was laying down rules for how to survive an imminent breakdown of society The rulebook lay out the necessary stockpiling of food and weaponry but its most important lessons were in ruthlessness When the collapse begins we see how well the group Bradley created has absorbed these lessons Chimpanzee is a not a seuel to the first novel but Bradley has stated it is part of a thematic cluster The collapse has not led to anarchy The world has settled into what is called The Second Great Depression and the government has taken the necessary measures to maintain a tenuous control Many of the unemployed find a place in government sponsored Renewel service But this is no WPA Renewel employees are working off debts by doing menial manual labor that is in stark contrast to the professions they once held They are also conscripted to become Monitors spies expected to report insurgent or merely suspicious behaviorCade the hero of the novel has learned that his PhD in literary theory did not guarantee him a job in academia He has been ordered to report to Renewal But in what is both Bradley's funniest and creepiest invention he must pay off his student loans by undergoing Repossession Therapy Over a series of sessions his therapist will use newly invented technology to remove everything that Cade learned at University starting with the most advanced work he did for his PhD Life in the Depression goes on Stores are seriously understocked but Cade his wife and their friends still meet in pubs for beers go to movies got to clubs to hear new bands and attend parties There are hiking trips to state parks And there is the new pastime called chimping Chimping incorporates goggles similar to what Cade wears in his therapy sessions When you chimp you put them on and choose from a menu of moods and experiences His first time out Cade learns that paranoia is not a good choice Meanwhile Cade's wife still has her mathematics professorship at the local university With her income they look to buy one of the many bargain priced homes among the foreclosed properties on offer They also plan to have a babyCade is bored He begins teaching impromptu classes in rhetoric and literary theory in a nearby park Informal outdoor classes have become something of a fad and he wants to make some use of his education before Repossession Therapy takes it away He attracts a crowd of young people surprisingly eager to learn what he has to say about rhetoric and literary theory Monitors observe but do not interfere that is until they do His young students introduce Cade to an underground society living in suats and developing their own monetary system Cade thinks of himself as an outside observer with this crowd but revolution is brewing Cade is getting pulled into its vortexBradley's has not titled his novel after the chimping technology that plays a larger and larger role in it Rather chimping itself seems to reference the stickers and spray painted stencils of a screaming chimpanzee head that have become a prevalent form of graffiti It's meaning remains elusive but it follows the first dictate of Cade's instruction to his students You begin by getting your audience's attention

  6. Philip Philip says:

    I'm not entirely sure what I just read but I think I loved it

  7. David David says:

    First of all the book has a clever concept Take the current topic of student loan debt then incorporate what lenders do when a borrower defaults on payments on a mortgage or car loan repossession The book doesn't assume this can be done the same way as a car repossession taking the car to a sales lot and selling the same car to another buyer Rather what is done is make the person who can't pay his student loan effectively unable to access and therefore unable to use the education related to the unpaid debt They impose unpleasant associations which cause the mind to suppress the learning experience Let's hope the book doesn't give lenders any ideasThe author is able to use words in an artful way This is not my top priorities but it's good if you can get that as well as the other things However I found one aspect of the text bothersome The book is a first person account by Ben who defaulted on his loans and is going through repossession therapy As he presents the story we often get a flashback in the middle of the current scene These don't always seem truly relevant or informative to the scene being interrupted And at least in the audiobook it's not always clear at first a flashback is being inserted rather than simply an abrupt change of scene The author may intend this to reflect Ben's mental state as a result of repossession therapy I'm not sure I think there are other less confusing ways the impact of the repossession therapy could be shown including some which the author used For instance having Ben telling us something but leaving blanks in the text for things he was no longer able to accessBen seems to be accepting of the repossession therapy to which he is reuired to submit Considering the facts that his background has given him much knowledge of cognition and therefore perhaps better understanding of the intended and unintended conseuences of the therapy that can made readers think about this The book conveys that the perspective on life understanding social interactions etc which Ben gained through his education is an important part of who he is was before therapy So one can imagine how much it will change BenAs the book progresses we see of a counter culture trying to provide some of what the mainstream culture is failing to do The significance of this grows perhaps than one would thinkAt the end of the book Ben appears to have discovered the answer to something which had previously eluded him Ben's answer is never explicitly stated I could suggest a few possible answers and I could suggest objections to each of them In that sense the ending was not satisfying On a larger scale the book suggests coming events which the reader does not actually get to seeThe book does give readers things to think about and a uniue vision of a possible future

  8. AudioBookReviewer AudioBookReviewer says:

    My original Chimpanzee audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook ReviewerThe economy has collapsed The government is overwhelmed crushed by national and personal debt and the corresponding lack of revenue Benjamin Cade has lost his teaching job and like so many others has defaulted on his student loans Technology and economics have come up with a solution If you don’t pay for your education you lose it Cade must now go through the grueling brain therapy that repossesses his PhD while simultaneously working in a government work detail – translation chain gang When they’re done he won’t be able to remember the things he learned or discovered during his doctoral programThis innovative novel is not for everyone but for the right audience is an exceptional work of fiction and performance Part pedagogy and part Sci Fi dystopia the listener is constantly challenged both intellectually and philosophically Is the American Dream really this banal?This is not simply a narrated novel; it is a performance piece with multiple voices music and sound effects It is generally well done and effective giving us ambiance when Cade goes to a party or static when Cade’s education is being blocked The production is odd at times however giving unnecessarily long pauses between character dialogue or scene changes This is sometimes confusing intentionally? but not enough to detract from an otherwise excellent and uniue performance audio book The author is the main narrator and does an excellent job reading his own novel No one knows the story better than its author The music is great and you will want to find out who the bands are listed at the end of the novelPick up Chimpanzee because you want to be challenged want to think about the future about real possibilities and important ideas If you are a lover of Philip K Dick’s last novels paranoid and identity confusing Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 or Cory Doctorow’s many near future dystopian novels you will likely enjoy this book At six hours it is a relatively short listen but packed with a lot of information Yes it is good enough to listen to several times and you will want to to catch the nuance and philosophical density It is not a light listen you have to pay attention stop what you are doing really listen and think about the author’s ideas You may not agree but you will appreciate the chance to use your mind for a changeAudiobook purchased for review by ABR

  9. Ruth Ruth says:

    Chimpanzee is an intelligent dystopian novel Bradley introduces a future where America is deep into a New Depression People are losing their jobs and struggling to survive Benjamin Cade a PhD in literature finds himself as one of the strugglers and can no longer pay on his student loans No problem his loan holders can now take back what he gained with their money in Benjamin’s case they are repossessing his education Through advances in cognitive science and chemical therapy Ben must undergo Repossession Therapy and “give back” his advanced degrees by surrendering his memory of graduate and doctorate school Not wanting to lose himself in this process Ben starts teaching in a public park free for everyone As his following grows he finds himself swept up in an underground counterculture that he was only dimly aware existedBradley’s writing is reminiscent of Orwell It is a commentary on current trends of society taken to an extreme If you are looking for a novel that will make you stop and think but yet still be entertained then read Chimpanzee

  10. Mary Mary says:

    Chimpanzee by Darin Bradley45 stars This first rate sci fi is reminiscent of Ray Bradbury's Farenheit 451 Benjamin Cade PhD is a former university professor whose position has been eliminated The US Economy is devastated and half the homes in the country have been foreclosed on Ben joins the millions of unemployed and is unable to pay back his student loans The Federal Govt is determined to reclaim their propertyBen's education Ben is forced to under go Repossesion Therapy a combination of advanced cognitive science and chemical injections which will strip him of not only his degrees but of his memories as well Determined to give his knowledge away before it completely disappears Ben begins teaching in the park and unwittingly becomes tied to a massive protest movement ChimpanzeeFascinating look into the future Highly recommended

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Chimpanzee ❰EPUB❯ ✰ Chimpanzee Author Darin Bradley – Unemployment has ravaged the US economy People struggle everywhere exhausted by the collapse that destroyed their lives Benjamin Cade is an expert in cognition and before the flatlined economy caught Unemployment has ravaged the US economy People struggle everywhere exhausted by the collapse that destroyed their lives Benjamin Cade is an expert in cognition and before the flatlined economy caught up to him he earned his living as a university instructor Now without income he joins the millions defaulting on their loans — in his case the money he borrowed to finance his degrees But there are conseuences Using advances in cognitive science and chemical therapy Ben’s debtors can reclaim their property — his education The government calls the process “Repossession Therapy” The data Ben’s repossession will yield is invaluable to those improving the “indexing” technology — a remarkable medical advance that has enabled the effective cure of all mental disorders By disassembling his mind doctors will gain the expertise to assist untold millions But Ben has no intention of losing his mind without a fight so he begins teaching in the park distributing his knowledge before it’s gone in a race against ignorance And somewhere in Ben’s confusing takedown Chimpanzee arrives Its iconography appears spray painted around town Young people in rubber Chimpanzee masks start massive protests As Ben slowly loses himself the Chimpanzee movement seems to grow And all fingers point to Ben.

  • Hardcover
  • 220 pages
  • Chimpanzee
  • Darin Bradley
  • English
  • 05 February 2016
  • 9781630230005

About the Author: Darin Bradley

Darin is the bestselling author of Noise Chimpanzee and Totem — and Light Both Foreign and Domestic a collection of short fiction He lives in Texas with his wife.