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Monkey Grip
Monkey Grip | Helen Garner
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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
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WanderingBookaneer
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CarolynM
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#CoolOldBooks #RomanAClef

A fictionalised account of Helen Garner's life in the early 70's in a share house in North Fitzroy with a young daughter and a heroin addicted lover. It caused a stir when it was published in 1977 but is now considered an Australian classic #ozliterature

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MrsMalaprop
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#ReadingResolutions #Journal
Garner‘s first novel Monkey Grip was basically a rewrite of her diaries at the time. She has copped a lot of flak over the years for allegedly confusing fact and fiction.

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MrsMalaprop
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1. So excited to be going to see Australian award winning authors, Helen Garner and Kim Scott talk to a sold out crowd about why literature matters TONIGHT as part of the #PerthWritersFestival2018 😍👏📚❤️.
2. 162cm
3. We moved to Perth, Western Australia from Melbourne in 1987, so...31 years. Current house for almost 10 years.
4. True Stories by Helen Garner & Midnight in the Garden Of Good & Evil by John Berendt for Book Club.
#friyayintro

Cinfhen Have fun tonight!!! 2y
mspixieears ha! I moved to Melb in 1987 (from London :D) 2y
CarolynM Would love to hear what you thought about your evening with Helen Garner and Kim Scott 2y
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CarolynM
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#spookyoctober #takesplacenearme

This is the Monkey Grip house, the share hose where Helen Garner lived when the events in the story happened. North Fitzroy has changed a bit in 40 years.

MrsMalaprop 😍 Huge Helen Garner fan here. Are you in Melbourne? I‘m in Perth, but from Melbourne. 2y
CarolynM @MrsMalaprop Yes I live in Melbourne, used to be just around the corner from the house, now a short stroll away in Northcote. 2y
Sue Monkey Grip ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
CarolynM @Sue absolutely 2y
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Michelle_mck
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Finished this on the plane coming home today I really enjoyed it, very intense, it's a time and a lifestyle so foreign to me. It's incredible to see how far Helen Garner has come as a writer but for a first book it's incredible. That's #1977 of #readmymilestone done

quirkyreader I keep seeing all these great books from Australia that I want to read. 🐨 3y
Michelle_mck @quirkyreader we are lucky to have so many great writers and publishers who value Australian stories ❤ 3y
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Michelle_mck
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We have had a family emergency and had to fly to NZ for the week - this is my first quiet moment - reading this Aussie classic for the first time. The red edges are amazing #helengarner

Shemac77 Hope everything is ok. 3y
MrsMalaprop Just finished and reviewed it about an hour ago! Hope all's ok in NZ. 3y
Theresa Sending good thoughts & best wishes that all is okay!! 3y
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Michelle_mck @MrsMalaprop I'm about 20% in and I'm enjoying it, not sure what I was expecting but it's good 3y
Megabooks I hope everything turns out okay! 3y
Cortg I hope everything is ok 3y
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MrsMalaprop
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Inner suburban Melbourne in 1975. Nora loves Javo who in turn loves drugs. I went along for the ride. Helen Garner is one of my absolute favourite writers and this, her first novel, has been on my TBR for some time. The book is based on her diaries and I enjoyed looking through this window into her bohemian early 30s. The book has a rambling, aimlessness about it and as always her writing is exquisite. 👏

britt_brooke Great photo! 📷👌🏻 3y
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MrsMalaprop
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Day 11. #setinabelovedlocation #17booklove The book I'm #currentlyreading just happens to be set in my beloved home town, Melbourne, Australia ❤. I was born and raised there, until my family relocated to Perth, Western Australia (incidentally, the most isolated capital city in the world) when I was 16. I still have friends and family in Melbourne and manage to get back there once a year 👍.

Reviewsbylola Love your bright blanket! 🌼 3y
LeeRHarry Good choice!! 😊 3y
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MrsMalaprop
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#LitsyPartyOfOne in a grandstand. This is how I spend most of my Friday nights in summer: watching my son compete in Athletics. I do try to bring my book along and sneak it out for a read (when he's not running of course!). Really enjoying Helen Garner's first book (1977), having read most of her contemporary stuff. Party on Littens around the globe 🌏 🎉🤓🎈🎊👍

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MrsMalaprop
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This. Nora, after Javo leaves. ❤

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MrsMalaprop
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Nora's love for the drug-addled Javo. Such writing ❤.

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MrsMalaprop
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#currentlyreading Starting this today. Helen Garner is one of my favourite authors and I have read most of her nonfiction. Monkey Grip was her first published book (1977). It's a novel but Garner has since admitted it was based on her diaries. As a child I remember my mum raving about it. I'll be interested to see what I make of it as an adult, about the same age as my mum would have been when she first read it.

LeahBergen Lovely photo (and I could just EAT the Penguin two-colour covers. I love them so)! 3y
Jeg I read this in the 70s and loved it. Have often thought about reading it again to see how I feel about it now. 3y
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Krysta
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Mehso-so

Have to be honest here, it took me months to finish this book. I actually don't dislike it; maybe I was just never really in the mood for it (read it for a reading challenge). Maybe it was because I was reading it digitally, which is usually fine but... Maybe it was that I could not identify with the drug use... I don't know.
I liked certain descriptions, the setting, and the overall idea; I just really could not connect. Maybe I will try again.

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EnidBiteEm
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When I was first thinking about how to pay tribute to Helen Garner's birthday, I wondered if I could emulate any aspects of her semi-autobiographical novels. I decided against moving into a share house with my daughter and falling in love with a heroin addict. Nevertheless, this 1977 #australianclassic is worth a read. For the Aussies amongst you, yes this is a photo of Noni from Playschool, who played Nora in the 1982 film adaptation 😀.

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Krysta
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#novembertbr Here are a few I'm looking at this month
#photoadaynov16
@RealLifeReading

Sweettartlaura In the Woods is great, & then you'll want to read the rest of the Dublin Murder Squad ❤️ 3y
Krysta @Sweettartlaura Haha probably! My tbr list is never ending anyway! 3y
Sweettartlaura I know, I know... There will never be enough time to read all the books I want to 😢 3y
Krysta @Sweettartlaura one of life's cruelties 3y
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shirabaharin
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"I wanted him to go away (he was carrying his belongings on his back: 'I'll stay away for a couple of days,' he said, 'and you can come and visit me.') because be was driving me crazy; but I wanted him to stay because when he was himself I loved him."

My copy is a bit worse for the wear, but I kinda like it. it feels like it suits the contents of the book.

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McFarchie
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I really liked this window into the life of the Australian 1970s bohemian ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Sue I love this book! 3y
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McFarchie
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Starting another Helen Garner. What a world 😊

Sue I love this one 3y
SusanInTiburon Helen Garner is so good! The Spare Room blew me away, and her nonfiction is strong as steel. 3y
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Sue
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It's #recommendsday!! I've been thinking about this book a lot recently. It's raw and awesome.

azulaco I need a book with a swimmer on the cover for a reading challenge I'm doing. This sounds way better than the other suggestions I've seen! 3y
Sue @azulaco Lol, glad I could help out 😁 3y
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