Jonathan is dying of AIDS (as unusual as that would have been in 2008, when this book was published). In a last-ditch effort to save him, his wife takes him to undergo an unorthodox, and largely untested, procedure that might cure him, if he can stand the pain. The procedure sets the man on a journey of introspection that makes for quite and adventure.
“The Love Song of Monkey” construction is a very different kind of story-telling. There is virtually no introduction to the characters or their background. Even though it's narrated by Jonathan in the first person, and we get a deep insight into what he is feeling at the moment, there is almost nothing to give us insight into why he feels that way.
The writing style won't appeal to everyone. It creates a sort of blank canvas onto which you have to place a lot of personal interpretation. If you expect well developed characters, with understandable motivations, you're going to be disappointed.
This is a book that different people will view very differently. Personally I fall in the slightly disappointed category. Whilst I admired the writing and the unusual structure of the story, I still would have preferred more character development. I also found the ending less than satisfactory. Still, it is an interesting experiment and was glad I read it.
“The Love Song of Monkey” is available from Amazon.