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Bring The Monkey
Miles Franklin
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Bring The Monkey

2.73  ·  Rating Details ·  15 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
When the adventurous Zarl Osterley is invited to an English country house for the weekend, she is told to bring her monkey Percy. She also takes her friend, who is disguised as a maid and monkey-minder.

During their stay the peaceful, idyllic atmosphere of Tattingwood Hall is wrecked by a dastardly crime. Famous diamonds go missing, the Chief Inspector called in to investi
Published by University of Queensland Pr (Australia) (first published January 1st 1984)
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Feb 28, 2011 Tien rated it liked it
I love the monkey’s name: Percy Macacus Rhesus y Osterley - it’s two times longer than my name, so pretentious... *shake my head*

A classic whodunit novel set in an English country house filled with a movie star dripping in jewels, love affair, a murder, a maid who is not a maid, and a cheeky monkey.

By the synopsis, I thought Zarl is the main character / narrator but she’s not. The narrator (no name, unless I completely missed it!) is Zarl’s friend – the “maid”. Intelligent and observant in all s
Oct 29, 2011 Ali rated it liked it

This is a rather entertaining spoof of an old fashioned country house mystery. There are a host of unlikely characters, not to mention a monkey called Percy, rooms suddenly plunged into darkness, a missing bracelet, and finally a dead body. A well written, quirky little novel, that is certainly unusual, Miles Franklin manages to have quite a nice little dig at social conventions of the time, class and snobbery. Her cast of characters include people of different races and social backgrounds and h
Feb 27, 2011 Nancy rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011-read, humor
A pastiche of Wodehouse/Waugh/Christie/Greene, it's mildly amusing in spots but ultimately unsuccessful as spoof. The use of the passive voice for much of the narration makes it leaden rather than lightweight and sparkling.
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Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin was born in 1879 in rural Australia. My Brilliant Career, her first novel, was published to much excitement and acclaim. She moved to Sydney where she became involved in feminist and literary circles and then onto the USA in 1907.

She was committed to the development of a uniquely Australian form of literature, and she actively pursued this goal by supporting write
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