♥ Book Title : Monkey Grip
☯ Full Synopsis : "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"Article| Helen Garner| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : Monkey Grip
☯ Full Synopsis : "Helen Garner’s gritty, lyrical first novel divided the critics on its publication in 1977. Today, Monkey Grip is regarded as a masterpiece—the novel that shines a light on a time and a place and a way of living never before presented in Australian literature: communal households, music, friendships, children, love, drugs, and sex. When Nora falls in love with Javo, she is caught in the web of his addiction; and as he moves between loving her and leaving, between his need for her and promises broken, Nora’s life becomes an intense dance of loving and trying to let go. Helen Garner is one of Australia’s finest authors. In 2006 she received the inaugural Melbourne Prize for Literature, and in 2016 she won the prestigious Windham–Campbell Prize for non-fiction. Her novels include Monkey Grip, The Children’s Bach, Cosmo Cosmolino and The Spare Room. I rolled and rolled in the water, deafening my ears while I thought of, and discarded, all the reasons why I shouldn’t go. I popped up, hanging on to the rail, hair streaming on my neck. ‘OK. I’ll come.’ Javo was looking at me. 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. ‘Garner is a natural storyteller.’ James Wood, New Yorker ‘Her use of language is sublime.’ Scotsman ‘This is the power of Garner’s writing. She drills into experience and comes up with such clean, precise distillations of life, once you read them they enter into you. Successive generations of writers have felt the keen influence of her work and for this reason Garner has become part of us all.’ Australian ‘Its embattled characters are so real that by the last page you feel not just that you have read a magnificent novel but that you have experienced life itself.’ The Times on The Spare Room"Article| Helen Garner| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Monkey Grip
☯ Full Synopsis : "Inner-suburban Melbourne in the 1970s: a world of communal living, drugs, music and love. 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. 'A lyrical, rough-edged novel full of warmth and uncompromising feeling' The Sunday Age"Article| Helen Garner| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : Postcards from Surfers
☯ Full Synopsis : "These stories are about life and love; of looking back and longing; of what it means to be a stranger, on foreign ground and known, told with the piercing familiarity and resonance we have come to expect. Honest, often very funny and always woven in ways that surprise, the se stories tease out everyday life to show the darkness underneath."Article| Helen Garner| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Honour and Other People's Children
☯ Full Synopsis : "Honour is about a couple whose marriage, though abandoned in practice, persists in spirit. But the arrival of a new lover obliges them to make a proper separation and draw their child into the conflict."Article| Helen Garner| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Best Australian Essays 2002
☯ Full Synopsis : "Literary critic Peter Craven presents his selection of the year's best essays published in Australia. Contributors and topics include Murray Bail on translation, Helen Garner on the self and writing, Peter Conrad on Britney Spears, Thomas Keneally on what's gone wrong with the priesthood, Hazel Rowley on Christina Stead, Tim Flannery on Stephen Jay Gould, Adrian Martin on Larry Clark and 'Bully', Noel Pearson on white progressivists, and Peter Porter on literary classics. Other contributors include John Birmingham, Drusilla Modjeska, Don Watson, and Inga Clendinnen. Includes introductory essay by the editor, notes on the contributors and original publication details. Published annually."Article| Peter Craven| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Cosmo Cosmolino
☯ Full Synopsis : "He straightened his spine, raised his head, and extended his gun arm towards me in a slow, vertical arc. I saw then what he was, and stood still in front of him, for he was here on business. He was a small, serious, stone-eyed angel of mercy. Janet is a skeptic, a journalist; Maxine revels in New Age fantasies; and Ray, a drifter, is a born-again Christian. The common ground is the house they share. But their fragile domestic balance is about to explode amid the smashing of ukeleles, the unexpected ascension of an angel, and a sudden shower of jonquils."Article| Helen Garner| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Australian Voices
☯ Full Synopsis : "Contemporary Australian fiction is attracting a world audience, particularly in the United States, where a growing readership eagerly awaits new works. In Australian Voices, Ray Willbanks goes beyond the books to their authors, using sixteen interviews to reveal the state of fiction writing in Australia—what nags from the past, what engages the imagination for the future. Willbanks engages the writers in lively discussions of their own work, as well as topics of collective interest such as the past, including convict times; the nature of the land; the treatment of Aborigines; national identity and national flaws; Australian-British antipathy; sexuality and feminism; drama and film; writing, publishing, and criticism in Australia; and the continuous and pervasive influence of the United States on Australia. The interviews in Australian Voices are gossipy, often funny, and always informative, as Willbanks builds a structured conversation that reveals biography, personality, and significant insight into the works of each writer. They will be important for both scholars and the reading public."Article| Ray Willbanks| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Monkeys
☯ Full Synopsis : "Presents an introduction to monkeys, discussing their physical characteristics, different types, eating habits, communication skills, and future threats to their existence."Article| Christina Wilsdon| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Children's Bach
☯ Full Synopsis : "Athena and Dexter lead an enclosed family life, innocent of fashion and bound towards a disturbed child. Their comfortable rut is disrupted by the arrival of Elizabeth, a tough nut from Dexter's past. With her three charming, chaotic hangers-on, she draws the couple out into a world whose casual egotism they had barely dreamed of. How can they get home again?"Article| Helen Garner| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : His Monkey Wife
☯ Full Synopsis : "A schoolmaster in the heart of Africa takes his best and most attentive student, a chimp, to England. The chimp, Emily, has learned to read and obtained a classically trained mind. We listen as her thoughts become a searchlight upon the English culture of the 1920s. A remarkable social satire, and a best seller."Article| John Collier| Statement ..."