Monkey Grip (novel)
|LC Class||PR9619.3.G3 M6 1984|
|Followed by||Honour & Other People's Children|
Monkey Grip (1977) is a novel by Australian writer Helen Garner, her first published book. It initially received a mixed critical reception, but has now become accepted as a classic of modern Australian literature. A film based on the novel, also titled Monkey Grip, was released in 1982.
The novel is set in Melbourne in the mid 1970s. Nora is a single parent with a stable job as a teacher, but she lives in an inner-city shared house, part of a bohemia of students, musicians, and actors ...and junkies. Nora falls in love with Javo, an actor and a junkie. She drifts away from him, he drifts away from her. The harder they pull away from each other, the tighter the monkey grip.
Kerryn Goldsworthy writes that almost all of Garner's fiction addresses "the relationship between sexual behaviour and social organisation; the anarchic nature of desire and the orderly face of the institution of 'family'".
- Perry Middlemiss (1 May 2002). "Monkey Grip Helen Garner 1977". www.middlemiss.org. Retrieved 25 November 2008.
- Goldsworthy, Kerryn (1996) Australian Writers: Helen Garner, Melbourne, Oxford University Press, p. 28
- Goldsworthy (1996) p. 1
- Featured Modern Classics at Penguin Classics
- Monkey Grip at the Internet Movie Database
- Australian novels at culture.gov.au
- "Helen Garner's Monkey Grip", documentary about background and impact of the book
- Read an extract at Penguin Books Australia