Monkey Grip: Popular Penguins

Author:   Helen Garner
Publisher:   Penguin Books Australia
ISBN:  

9780143202714


Pages:   256
Publication Date:   29 June 2009
Format:   Paperback
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In this acclaimed first novel, Helen Garner captures the fluid relationships of a community of friends who are living and loving in new ways. Nora falls in love with Javo the junkie, and together they try to make sense of their lives and the choices they have made. But caught in an increasingly ambiguous relationship, they are unable to let go - and the harder they pull away from each other, the tighter the monkey grip.

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Author:   Helen Garner
Publisher:   Penguin Books Australia
Imprint:   Penguin Books Australia
Dimensions:   Width: 11.20cm , Height: 2.30cm , Length: 18.00cm
Weight:   0.146kg
ISBN:  

9780143202714


ISBN 10:   0143202715
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   29 June 2009
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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Stephanie writes: "Smack habit, love habit - what's the difference? They both can kill you." This book seethes with youth: it's the seventies and Nora lives in a big old share house in Melbourne with her kid Gracie, falls in love with junkie Javo, is part of the underground theatre scene, and frequents the Fitzroy pool. It's an ode to love, and Melbourne, and being alive. Much of the material for Monkey Grip (1977) comes from Garner's personal diaries; the boundaries between fiction and non-fiction are warped here in a thrilling encounter with the sometimes self-obsessed yet enticing Garner/Nora. The reader is privy to Garner/Nora's most raw emotions - it is a highly intimate reading experience. Garner/Nora's voice is sensitive and frank, the sentences are pared down. This clarity of prose makes for invigorating reading. When I read Monkey Grip I was living in a share house in the same suburbs Garner writes about and was cycling the same streets, and the book entered my imagination's blood stream and continues to pulse through me. This book is a wonderful insight into bohemian 1970s Melbourne and also a great book for young people engaging in the turmoils of house-sharing and falling in love.


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Helen Garner was born in Geelong in 1942, and has been writing and publishing since her first book, Monkey Grip, came out in 1977.

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