Monkey Beach

Robinson, Eden

Book - 2000
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Monkey Beach
As Lisamarie travels by speedboat, five hundred miles north of Vancouver, searching for her drowned brother's body, she recounts her life which has included visits by ghosts and shapeshifters and tormenting premonitions.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2000
ISBN: 0618073272
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 377 p. ; 22 cm


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Dec 07, 2014
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Once again, Eden Robinson has portrayed her native community with honesty, humour and intelligence. (Traplines, her first collection of stories, was selected as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.) This novel focuses on the northern coast of B.C., in the Haisla territory near Kitamaat, where Lisamarie and her family are coming to terms with the news that Jimmy, her younger brother, is missing at sea. Through flashbacks and spirit insights, Lisamarie looks at her life and begins to understand past events; to understand that meeting and leaving, living and dying come at their own time and in their own way.

Nov 16, 2014
  • kelsijatk rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book features a gutsy heroine who is torn between the spirit world and her physical reality as she desperately tries to save her brother. It has a spooky, dream-like quality to it that is eerie as well as beautiful.

Dec 26, 2011
  • starman77 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Brilliant. Thought it started out slow, but really glad I kept reading because it gets more and more interesting as the book goes on. I was getting serious shivers down my spine toward the end. Writing style was creative and engaging- I especially liked how memories and events unfolded.

Oct 07, 2011
  • LisaChamps rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Fabulous book! With a captivating combination of humour and seriousness, along with a bit of the supernatural, I had a tough time putting this book down. Monkey Beach is a great book to read closely as there are quite a few details that could be missed--it's definitely more than a typical coming-of-age story.

Jul 20, 2011

This was a great book - especially for anyone from Vancouver Island and can relate to these memories!

Jun 11, 2010
  • damation rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I liked this book, serious subjects but a good story with a balance of the modern and traditions of this community.


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Jun 04, 2013

Eden Robinson's Monkey Beach opens with twenty year old Lisa Hill waiting for news of her little brother, Jimmy, who has been lost at sea. As the Coast Guard searches for the missing salmon fishing boat, Lisa ruminates over their shared childhood. Full of unforgettable characters, Monkey Beach is an exploration of Haisla traditions and the challenges Lisa and her family face as they struggle to commingle First Nations and Western influences.

Lisa comes of age in Kitamaat, B.C., where her Haida community includes uncles involved in First Nations warrior movements, industrious grandmothers with one foot in the grave and the other in various spirit worlds, and the long-armed specter of residential schools.


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