The Sweetest Dream: A Novel #ad - And her ex-husband, comrade Johnny, has just dumped his second wife's problem child at Frances's feet. Frances lennox ladles out dinner every night to the motley, exuberant, girlfriends, ex-friends, youthful crew assembled around her hospitable tableher two sons and their friends, and ftesh-off-the-street friends.
Grass Is Singing: A NovelHarper Perennial #ad - One can only marvel. New york timesset in southern rhodesia under white rule, a beautifully understated social critique, Doris Lessing's first novel is at once a riveting chronicle of human disintegration, and a brilliant depiction of the quiet horror of one woman's struggle against a ruthless fate. Mary turner is a self-confident, frustrated wife of an ineffectual, independent young woman who becomes the depressed, unsuccessful farmer.
Grass Is Singing: A Novel #ad - . Little by little the ennui of years on the farm works its slow poison. Locked in anguish, mary and moses—master and slave—are trapped in a web of mounting attraction and repulsion, until their psychic tension explodes with devastating consequences. Mary's despair progresses until the fateful arrival of Moses, an enigmatic, virile black servant.
. There is passion here, a piercing accuracy, a rare sensitivity and power.
Walking in the Shade: Growing Point, TheHarperCollins e-books #ad - Walking in the Shade: Growing Point, The #ad - Evoking the bohemian days of a young writer and single mother, her friends and lovers, her involvement in the theater, Lessing speaks openly about her writing process, and her political activities. The second volume of doris lessing's extraordinary autobiography covers the years 1949-62, under her arm to the publication of her most famous work of fiction, The Grass is Singing, and the manuscript for her first novel, Peter, from her arrival in war-weary London with her son, The Golden Notebook.
She describes how communism dominated the intellectual life of the 1950s and how she, like nearly all communists, became disillusioned with extreme and rhetorical politics and left communism behind. Walking in the shade is an invaluable social history as well as Doris Lessing's Sentimental Education.
Love Again: A NovelHarperCollins e-books #ad - The result is a brilliant anatomy of love from a master of human psychology who remains one of the most daring writers of fiction at work today. During the production of a play, she falls in love with a seductive young actor, the beautiful and androgynous 28-year-old Bill, and then with the more mature 35-year-old director Henry.
Finding herself in a state of longing and desire that she had thought was the province of younger women, Sarah is compelled to explore and examine her own personal history of love, from her earliest childhood desires to her most recent obsessions. Love, again tells the story of a 65-year-old woman who falls in love and struggles to maintain her sanity.
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Mara and Dann: Novel, AHarperCollins e-books #ad - With a clear-eyed vision of the human condition, Mara and Dann is imaginative fiction at its best. At the southern end of a large landmass called Ifrik, two children of the Mahondi people, seven-year old Mara and her younger brother, Dann, are abducted from their home in the middle of the night. Thousands of years in the future, all the northern hemisphere is buried under the ice and snow of a new Ice Age.
Eventually they join the great human migration North, away from the drought that is turning the southern land to dust, and in search of a place with enough water and food to support human life. Raised as outsiders in a poor rural village, Mara and Dann learn to survive the hardships and dangers of a life threatened as much by an unforgiving climate and menacing animals as by a hostile community of Rock People.
Mara and Dann: Novel, A #ad - Traveling across the continent, the siblings enter cities rife with crime, and corruption, power struggles, learning as much about human nature as about how societies function.
A Proper Marriage The Children of Violence, Book 2HarperCollins e-books #ad - An unconventional woman trapped in a conventional marriage, frustrations, infidelities, Martha Quest struggles to maintain her dignity and her sanity through the misunderstandings, and degrading violence of a failing marriage. Finally, she must make the heartbreaking choice of whether to sacrifice her child as she turns her back on marriage and security.
A proper marriage is the second novel in doris lessing's classic Children of Violence series of novels, taken together, and, each a masterpiece on its own right, an incisive and all-encompassing vision of our world in the twentieth century.
Landlocked Children of Violence Book 4HarperCollins e-books #ad - She is losing faith with the communist movement in Africa, and her marriage to one of the movement's leaders is disintegrating. In the aftermath of World War II, Martha Quest finds herself completely disillusioned. Landlocked is the fourth novel of doris lessing's classic Children of Violence sequence of novels, each a masterpiece in its own right, and collectively an incisive, all encompassing vision of our world in the twentiethcentury.
Determined to resist the erosion of her personality, if only momentarily, she engages in the first satisfactory love affair and breaks free, from her suffocating unhappiness.
Prisons We Choose to Live Inside Cornelia & Michael Bessie BooksHarper Perennial #ad - Prisons We Choose to Live Inside Cornelia & Michael Bessie Books #ad - One of the most important writers of the past hundred years. The times londonin this perceptive collection of essays, how to pick a path in a world deluged with opinions and information, how to understand what we know, Doris Lessing addresses directly the prime questions before us all: how to think for ourselves, and how to look at our society and ourselves with fresh eyes.
A Ripple From the Storm Children of ViolenceHarperCollins e-books #ad - A ripple from the storm is the third novel in doris lessing's classic Children of Violence sequence of novels, each a masterpiece in its own right, taken together, and, an incisive and all-encompassing vision of our world in the twentieth century. In a ripple from the storm, doris lessing charts martha Quest's personal and political adventures in race-torn British Africa, following Martha through World War II, a grotesque second marriage, and an excursion into Communism.
A Ripple From the Storm Children of Violence #ad - Martha quest, the embodied heroine of the Children of Violence series, has been acclaimed as one of the greatest fictional creations in the English language. This wise and starling novel perceptively reveals the paradoxes, passions, and ironies rooted in the life of twentieth-century Anglo-Africa.
The Four-Gated City The Children of Violence, Book 5HarperCollins e-books #ad - The Four-Gated City The Children of Violence, Book 5 #ad - Dorris lessing's classic series of autobiographical novels is the fictional counterpart to Under My Skin. In these five novels, creating her most complex and compelling character, first published in the 1950's and 60s, Doris Lessing transformed her fascinating life into fiction, Martha Quest.
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But when the summer ends, the woman she was -- living behind a protective camouflage of feminine charm and caring -- no longer exists.