Monkey Grip

Monkey Grip✅ [PDF / Epub] ☉ Monkey Grip By Helen Garner ⚣ – Bluevapours.co.uk In Monkey Grip , Helen Garner charts the lives of a generation Her characters are exploring new ways of loving and living and nothing is harder than learning to love lightly Nora and Javo are trapped In Monkey Grip , Helen Garner charts the lives of a generation Her characters are exploring new ways of loving and living and nothing is harder than learning to love lightly Nora and Javo are trapped in a desperate relationship Nora s addiction is romantic love Javo s is hard drugs The harder they pull away, the tighter the Monkey Grip A lyrical, gritty, rough edged novel that deserves its place as a classic of Australian fiction.

Helen Garner was born in Geelong in She has published many works of fiction including Monkey Grip, Cosmo Cosmolino and The Children s Bach Her fiction has won numerous awards She is also one of Australia s most respected non fiction writers, and received a Walkley Award for journalism in Her most recent books are The First Stone, True Stories, My Hard Heart, The Feel of Stone and Joe Cinque s Consolation In she won the Melbourne Prize for Literature She lives in MelbournePraise for Helen Garner s work Helen Garner is an extraordinarily good writer There is not a paragraph, let alone a page, where she does not compel your attention Bulletin She is outstanding in the accuracy of her observations, the intensity of passionher radar sure humour Washington Post Garner has always had a mimic s ear for dialogue and an eye for unconscious symbolism, the clothes and gestures with which we give ourselves away Peter Craven, Australian Helen Garner writes the best sentences in Australia Ed Campion, Bulletin.

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  • Paperback
  • 245 pages
  • Monkey Grip
  • Helen Garner
  • English
  • 09 February 2017
  • 0140049533

10 thoughts on “Monkey Grip

  1. Suzanne says:

    My interest in Australian women writers has always been keen, and if anything, it is a genre that is growing with interest Helen Garneris an author I should have read by now, so I did borrow this from work with interest This is her debut, written in the 80 s about drugs, sex, anddrugs and sex.It is a meandering story that has no real clear storyline Communal living, the blurred lines between emotional love and sex all intertwined with addiction Everyone seems to be drug affected, most My interest in Australian women writers has always been keen, and if anything, it is a genre that is growing with interest Helen Garneris an author I should have read by now, so I did borrow this from work with interest This is her debut, written in the 80 s about drugs, sex, anddrugs and sex.It is a meandering story that has no real clear storyline Communal living, the blurred lines between emotional love and sex all intertwined with addiction Everyone seems to be drug affected, most of the time The protagonist, and young single mother of one, never seems to deal with her child where is she most of the time and there is no clear depth or oomph to the story This is an example of what it was likedanced till the floor was too packed for me to move, and then I danced on a chair I went to a party, ate some sausage rolls with tomato sauce, drank a plastic glass of punch, came home, made myself a glass of Tia Maria and cream fell into bedDo you see what I mean Maybe I m too young to get this one, I was a boring child of the nineties I will readof this authors work, I guess I am interested to see how she has grown with her craft I m just not sure about how I feel about it Perhaps the author scurrent work will beenjoyable to me

  2. PattyMacDotComma says:

    3I ve seen the way she comes on to him I just can t stand it You know what really s ts me is how you spend years working on yourself to get rid of all that stupid eyelash fluttering and giggling, and then just when you think you re getting somewhere, you find out that guys still like women who do that sort of thing I watch em fall for it, every timeYep Thethings change, thethey are the same which sounds prettier in French, but doesn t everything I m sure there were cave 3I ve seen the way she comes on to him I just can t stand it You know what really s ts me is how you spend years working on yourself to get rid of all that stupid eyelash fluttering and giggling, and then just when you think you re getting somewhere, you find out that guys still like women who do that sort of thing I watch em fall for it, every timeYep Thethings change, thethey are the same which sounds prettier in French, but doesn t everything I m sure there were cavewomen who were bemoaning the fact that some pretty girls in the clan weren t pulling their weight and the men rushed to help poor little them.I love Helen Garner s writing I did not love this Had I read it when it was first published in 1977, I might have beenimpressed with her first novel I found it true to life such as Nora s life was but repetitive Nora has a little girl, Gracie, and they live in a share house with another mother with a small child and assorted friends who drift in and out While Garner admits that much of it is autobiographical it never occurred to me that it wasn t , I imagine it was a lot harder to fit their activities in around children who were too small to leave alone And I don t think they did I think they took turns being in charge of kids, but it s very seldom mentioned.The story opens at the Fitzroy Baths Martin, Nora s current fella, who is teetering on the dizzy edge of smack says he s going back to the others at Disaster Bay National Park , why don t Nora and Javo, who happens to be sitting with them, go with him Okay, says Nora So, afterwards, it is possible to see the beginning of things, the point at which you had already plunged in, while at the time you thought you were only testing the water with your toe So off they go, driving at first and then trekking through the bush to the spot the others are camping and waiting for the food Martin was supposed to have gone to get He forgot People seem to forget to eat, and again, I started wondering what was happening with the little kids It s that kind of story Nora falls for Javo and his violent blue eyes , and Javo falls for her and there s lots of lazy, drug addled, sometimes explicit love making and it is love for them while it s happening , but we re not always sure if Gracie is in her bunk bed in another room or if she s camped on Nora s floor, as she often does.Javo is a hard core junkie Sweet, caring but addicted to heroin and thinking almost exclusively of his next score Nora uses coke and whatever else is araound, but mostly she talks and thinks about Javo, even when she s flirting with the other guys People like Javo need people like me, steadier, to circle round for a while and from my centre, held there by children s needs, I stare longingly towards his rootlessness This is one of the few times she seems to blame her daughter for tying her down She was married once, didn t like it, and dreams of making a life with Javo I was reminded of a cartoon I saw when I was a teen of two teen aged girls talking, and one criticises her friend s thoughtless boyfriend The friend says Sure, I know he s taking advantage of me But at least he chose ME to take advantage of That s Nora Likes to think she has a good life but is not really very comfortable in her own skin.This is studied as a classic of its time, now, but I was bored with those people back in the day, and reading about them is still boring to me Nora keeps switching from fitting in to standing out Loving everyone, being hurt by everyone, visiting her staid family in the country, taking off at a moment s notice to holiday with friends.If it hadn t been Garner and it hadn t been a famous book, I think I d have quit because I didn t care what happened.The stars are for her writing, which was wonderful even here

  3. James Noonan says:

    I first heard about this novel while at uni, when my professor was waxing lyrical about Helen Garner in his usual effusive way I didn t particularly like my professor so I didn t pay much attention to his suggestions Anyway, a couple years later Monkey Grip popped up on one of a best of list of Australian novels, and I remembered making a mental note that I d get around to it at some stage Fast forward to a week ago when I spotted it prominently displayed on a rack at the library, its cover t I first heard about this novel while at uni, when my professor was waxing lyrical about Helen Garner in his usual effusive way I didn t particularly like my professor so I didn t pay much attention to his suggestions Anyway, a couple years later Monkey Grip popped up on one of a best of list of Australian novels, and I remembered making a mental note that I d get around to it at some stage Fast forward to a week ago when I spotted it prominently displayed on a rack at the library, its cover that of a young woman in a bikini sprawled suggestively on a pool s surface piquing my interest I don t know why I remained hesitant to pick it up whether it was because it was written in the 70s and I didn t particularly much care for that period in Australia, or perhaps simply because of its odd title, surelyappropriate for a first year uni student s attempt at a short story than a great work of Aussie literature It was with such reservation that I opened the book and read the first page something I like to do with a lot of books I know I ll never continue with I think it s a wannabe writer s thing As someone who struggles to get many of their stories off the ground, I m interested to see how others have successfully done it I m a sucker for good writing, specifically rich, lyrical prose that runs off the tongue like honey It barely took a page for me to realise this would be a book I d stick with That s how quickly I was hooked I don t know if I thought the subject matter would be something I d have trouble relating to a seemingly dated world of drugs, fluid relationships and communal living in inner city Melbourne But I was smitten with Nora s voice from the get go, her honest and often pained accounts of her daily struggle of bringing up a young daughter while navigating a toxic, ambiguous relationship with a junkie a man furiously at odds with himself who she can t help but love deeply Her evocations of desire were some of the best I ve read, as were her depictions of sex These are merely two examples late in the book on pages I thought to turn down there are several others, probably better In the daylight I was careful to concern myself largely with my own affairs I was quite detached from him, or from my own feelings about him, and I thought it would never be the same again as if I had unconsciously, over the six weeks of his absence, come to terms with the ways in which we would never be able to be harmonious But occasionally I got caught out by his violently blue eyes, and the way he riveted me with them sometimes The old fantasies were still hanging aboutbut I let em boil away for a bit until I was left with a gritty residue, which could be rolled up in balls and stored in the bottom of my pocket He took off his clothes and I watched him out of my dozing eyes brown skin, hard body, healthier than I d ever seen him He came over to the bed and got in, and turned off the lamp, and our bodies moved towards each other as they had moved a hundred times before His skin felt burning, a fever from the first hit of smack in six weeks Our arms went around each other and I heard him whisper my name, Oh, Nora and again my heart turned to water I picked out in the dimness the bony lantern of his head and his eyes and teeth gleaming with that fierce smile, I came joyfully with no hesitation but then the fact of his being stoned made itself apparent, for he did not come, and his body went on trembling and burning, cock hard and face turning again and again to my mouth in the dark, long after my energy had been exhausted and I wanted to fall away and go to sleep I was really stunned by how contemporary this book is, how while reading it I constantly forgot it was penned nearly 40 years ago Nora could easily be describing relationships I m a part of bar obviously the sex part or bear witness to today Essentially I put the book down with a greater awareness of that most common of threads which has weaved itself endlessly throughout history the human experience, andspecifically, the desire to love, and be loved in return

  4. Andrew says:

    To start, I have to say that I think Garner has a magical way with words I felt transported to the scenes they were so well crafted I started out loving this book and then I got fifty pages in and was like, what is happening am I missing some major plot point here is my version missing pages Hence my problem with this book the story itself was a little too meandering for my taste.Don t get me wrong, I got the point of where why the story was constructed this way and I normally love op To start, I have to say that I think Garner has a magical way with words I felt transported to the scenes they were so well crafted I started out loving this book and then I got fifty pages in and was like, what is happening am I missing some major plot point here is my version missing pages Hence my problem with this book the story itself was a little too meandering for my taste.Don t get me wrong, I got the point of where why the story was constructed this way and I normally love open ended reflective pieces With Monkey Grip, the device didn t work for me I just got bored with how rudderless the whole thing was This was actually quite surprising because three of the reviews I read before I got it from the library used the words laconic and dark energy After I finished it, I got a dictionary and looked up laconic because I was thinking, and all these years I thought laconic meant straight forward and curt did I get that wrong Does laconic actually mean lazy and abstract And what energy are these people talking about So, great read for the transportative quality of the passages but I was expecting a littlethere there I felt tremendously sad for Nora at the end which, truth be told, must be a credit to Garner s style

  5. R Strange says:

    A real empath wrote this book The crystal clear memory, and the nature of that attention, tell the story of one of the classic personality types that are often among the arts Written in 77, despite becoming a rocker meme in 82, also is interesting for capturing pre tech western life The pacing, the dropping by and comings and goings, the phone as an extension of place, not person Many adults today do not have a memory of that way People who live by feeling in this way are often misread, but A real empath wrote this book The crystal clear memory, and the nature of that attention, tell the story of one of the classic personality types that are often among the arts Written in 77, despite becoming a rocker meme in 82, also is interesting for capturing pre tech western life The pacing, the dropping by and comings and goings, the phone as an extension of place, not person Many adults today do not have a memory of that way People who live by feeling in this way are often misread, but her tolerance is a dialectic that favors love, and she had an effect on me of literally wearing the shoes of others Recommended because the I Ching was used to write it, which turned out to be key to a brilliant moment in the author s lucidity

  6. Radiantflux says:

    29th book for 2020.A semi fictionalised account of Garner s life as a single mother, sharing houses and drugs in inner city Melbourne in the 1970s It s hard for me to give an objective review here too much of my own twenties is mirrored in its pages My shared houses were filled with university students, her s bohemian artists and con artists our drugs were somewhat different, but not too much and we occupied the same spaces read the same books, when to the same bars, cafes, parks, even the s 29th book for 2020.A semi fictionalised account of Garner s life as a single mother, sharing houses and drugs in inner city Melbourne in the 1970s It s hard for me to give an objective review here too much of my own twenties is mirrored in its pages My shared houses were filled with university students, her s bohemian artists and con artists our drugs were somewhat different, but not too much and we occupied the same spaces read the same books, when to the same bars, cafes, parks, even the same public swimming pool It was hard to read of her love affair with the junky Javo and not think of my good friend Lindy who overdosed a few years after I left Melbourne It totally weirds me out reading about her daughter s life someone the same age as me, who I knew from afar at university who while growing up only a few kilometres from me, lived in a totally different world 4 stars

  7. Bri Lee says:

    As part of the gradual hardcover re release of her entire catalogue, I was sent this new suprisingly clean and beautiful blue, considering the content copy of Monkey Grip for a re read and was just totally blown away all over again It s a love story I shouldn t be able to relate to at all I ve never dated a junkie, never been polyamorous, and have never dated with a child, and yet I am aching and gutted for Nora The voice is so no bullshit and yet there are moments of transcendental beauty As part of the gradual hardcover re release of her entire catalogue, I was sent this new suprisingly clean and beautiful blue, considering the content copy of Monkey Grip for a re read and was just totally blown away all over again It s a love story I shouldn t be able to relate to at all I ve never dated a junkie, never been polyamorous, and have never dated with a child, and yet I am aching and gutted for Nora The voice is so no bullshit and yet there are moments of transcendental beauty in her lyricism Truth bombs about human nature are sprinkled effortlessly here and there, as though they are like any of the other simple observations for which we ve come to know and love Garner Apparently divisive when it was first released, this reprint marks its status as an Australian classic

  8. Ailsa says:

    Australia in the 1970 s, what a time to be alive I suffered from some painful emotion towards them, something to do with Rita s daily struggle to live, and the fact that I had been through this struggle myself with Gracie, years before hating her because her existence marked the exact limits of my freedom hating myself for hating her loving her all the while, gut deep and inexpressibly and beginning each day with the dogged shouldering of a burden too heavy for one person the resp Australia in the 1970 s, what a time to be alive I suffered from some painful emotion towards them, something to do with Rita s daily struggle to live, and the fact that I had been through this struggle myself with Gracie, years before hating her because her existence marked the exact limits of my freedom hating myself for hating her loving her all the while, gut deep and inexpressibly and beginning each day with the dogged shouldering of a burden too heavy for one person the responsibility for the life of another human being 171 172

  9. Beth says:

    Having just finished Monkey Grip, I am feeling suitably provincial Garner s 1970 s story is utterly urban, and incredibly hipster it would break the hearts of modern loose fringed copycats People ride their bikes around from one inner city Melbourne share house to another, swapping beds, children and needles, and rarely seem to go to work There is no internet You go to a bank to collect your dole money The writing is rich and sensual and the supporting characters are rain, sun, wind, heat Having just finished Monkey Grip, I am feeling suitably provincial Garner s 1970 s story is utterly urban, and incredibly hipster it would break the hearts of modern loose fringed copycats People ride their bikes around from one inner city Melbourne share house to another, swapping beds, children and needles, and rarely seem to go to work There is no internet You go to a bank to collect your dole money The writing is rich and sensual and the supporting characters are rain, sun, wind, heat, the feel of a dark backyard and that moment of falling in to bed, exhausted and drunk Drugs are central to everyones lives, whether they use them or not Everyone hates the drugs, the users and the fallout but no one will say so The rhythm of the book is uncertain, and moves with frequent ebb and flow, disaster and requiem, rather than the requisite minor climax times two, followed by prolonged pause then major climax It s like flipping between ABC and SBS late at night rather than watching a James Cameron film People change their hair Junkies steal things from their non junkie lovers.Garner does not introduce characters they just walk into the room and she continues talking as if we ve already met They have names like Georgie, Paddy, Chris and Joss, and she often leaves their gender hanging for some time Often you aren t sure if they are children or adults Edgy, perhaps, but for me it s a bit presumptuous It means they don t make an impression and I have nothing to which to refer when they re enter later It also means I don t care too much about them.Nothing seems to work, no one ever quite gets there Happiness found is always pending further grief Best laid plans always fail, but poetically so and occasionally someone learns something If you can forgive and tolerate and be patient and not expect too much, it s incredibly rewarding Which is the theme of the story, really

  10. Zuzu Burford says:

    I cannot see what all the fuss was about when this was first published in 1977.What a slog Repetitious, boring, cliched To think this book launched Helen Garner s career is astounding.

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