The Monkeys Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and Monkeys study guide contains a biography of Susan Minot, literature essays, quiz . Dive deep into Susan Minot’s Monkeys with extended analysis, commentary, and discussion. 7 May A rather well-off family in Massachusetts with seven children (the “”monkeys”” of the title) has a father who drinks too much, a mother who dies.

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Reading, for example, of a dinner party in one chapter and then a family outing several years later kept all of the characters at too much of a distance. The monkejs stand up to their alcoholic father, pleading with him to receive help for his disease. A quick, brutally sad little story.

Minot gives us an interesting example here, and I argue that the distinction admits of degrees and that Monkeys is closer to the novel than to the short story cycle. See all 29 reviews.

Starting with the first chapter, each chapter is separated into different interconnected aspects of the Vincent family life. Get to Know Us. The tone throughout the short story is one of sympathy and faith, sympathy for the family. CXI, April 15,p.

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Una breve raccolta di racconti, al centro una famiglia con sette figli: Also by Susan Minot. Much, though, in the stories is tone-perfect, and much, escaping convention, will bring moments of recognition to readers, and feeling.

Learn more about Amazon Prime. In Monkeys, Susan Minot explores with startling honesty the tragedies and blessing that can affect a monoeys family. Even at their young ages the children know that their father has a problem, and wish to save their mother and themselves by pleading with him to stop.


Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations. The characters are numerous and there are a couple with zusan, but they’re not properly developed.

Published August 8th by Vintage first published May 14th I much prefer an miont that tells me as it is, and tells me beautifully. The rest of the novel is a s cold and flat as a gray winter’s day over the New England coast.

View all 4 comments. Monkeys, therefore, is not as novelistic as The Women of Brewster Place.

It seems like it would have caught someone’s eye. Adesso, la memoria mi rimanda un piccolo libro carino, ed evanescente. To summarize, a novel in stories may have the following characteristics: When you click on a Sponsored Product ad, you will be taken to an Amazon detail page where you can learn more about the product and purchase it. They bury themselves in their stupidity, and one can’t help but scr There are writers who make mistakes.


In a very monkwys sense, the range of observation and perception in Monkeys is childlike. Honestly, I don’t know. Susan Minot writes with delicacy and a tremendous gift for the details that decorate domestic life, and when tragedy strikes she beautifully mines the children’s tenderness for each other, and their aching guardianship of what they have.

The Call of the Wild. Aug 08, Pages. Nov 04, Nancy rated it really liked it. Monkeys also illustrates the importance of communal actions when looking at novels in stories. Minot chronicles the mundane and miraculous moments that characterize family life, in prose that is exactingly realistic, yet delicately lyrical Salinger has an American writer so feelingly evoked the special affections and loyalties that may develop among children in a large family.


Feb 12, Sherri rated it did not like it. I should have realized from the length of the book that this was a different approach. They bury themselves in their susa, and one can’t help but scream, “How could you not see that?

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The narrator focuses on Mum and the children Caitlin, Delilah, Sophie, Gus Jr, Donald, and Chase in great detail about not disturbing their father, thus painting a picture of a quick-tempered and alcoholic father figure. Then we watched “The Great Santini,” which is also about a dysfunctional nuclear family, but the movie’s even BETTER, because a nice young man is shot and killed in his trailer and his racist yuppie murderer is torn apart by dogs.

Loved this book – right up there as one of my favorites. Minot truly helps the reader see into the mind of the children. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. See and discover other items: