. She is a romantic idealistic in revolt against the puritan snobbery of her parents, trying to live to the full with every nerve, emotion, and instinct laid bare to experience.
A Proper Marriage The Children of Violence, Book 2HarperCollins e-books #ad - An unconventional woman trapped in a conventional marriage, infidelities, frustrations, 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, each a masterpiece on its own right, and, taken together, an incisive and all-encompassing vision of our world in the twentieth century.
A Ripple From the Storm Children of ViolenceHarperCollins e-books #ad - This wise and starling novel perceptively reveals the paradoxes, passions, and ironies rooted in the life of twentieth-century Anglo-Africa. In a ripple from the storm, following martha through world War II, a grotesque second marriage, Doris Lessing charts Martha Quest's personal and political adventures in race-torn British Africa, and an excursion into Communism.
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, and, taken together, an incisive and all-encompassing vision of our world in the twentieth century. 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.
The Four-Gated City The Children of Violence, Book 5HarperCollins e-books #ad - In these five novels, first published in the 1950's and 60s, creating her most complex and compelling character, Doris Lessing transformed her fascinating life into fiction, Martha Quest. Dorris lessing's classic series of autobiographical novels is the fictional counterpart to Under My Skin.
Landlocked Children of Violence Book 4HarperCollins e-books #ad - 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. In the aftermath of World War II, Martha Quest finds herself completely disillusioned. She is losing faith with the communist movement in Africa, and her marriage to one of the movement's leaders is disintegrating.
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.
The Golden Notebook: A Novel Perennial ClassicsHarper Perennial #ad - In a red one she records her political life, her disillusionment with communism. In one, with a black cover, she reviews the African experience of her earlier years. And in a blue one she keeps a personal diary. In a yellow one she writes a novel in which the heroine relives part of her own experience. The golden notebook is doris lessing's most important work and has left its mark upon the ideas and feelings of a whole generation of women.
New york times book reviewAnna is a writer, author of one very successful novel, who now keeps four notebooks. Finally, in love with an american writer and threatened with insanity, Anna resolves to bring the threads of all four books together in a golden notebook. Lessing's best-known and most influential novel, The Golden Notebook retains its extraordinary power and relevance decades after its initial publication.
Grass Is Singing: A NovelHarper Perennial #ad - There is passion here, a piercing accuracy, a rare sensitivity and power. Mary's despair progresses until the fateful arrival of Moses, an enigmatic, virile black servant. 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.
. One can only marvel. New york timesset in southern rhodesia under white rule, Doris Lessing's first novel is at once a riveting chronicle of human disintegration, a beautifully understated social critique, and a brilliant depiction of the quiet horror of one woman's struggle against a ruthless fate. Mary turner is a self-confident, independent young woman who becomes the depressed, frustrated wife of an ineffectual, unsuccessful farmer.
Grass Is Singing: A Novel #ad - Little by little the ennui of years on the farm works its slow poison.
Walking in the Shade: Growing Point, TheHarperCollins e-books #ad - Walking in the shade is an invaluable social history as well as Doris Lessing's Sentimental Education. 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. Evoking the bohemian days of a young writer and single mother, her involvement in the theater, her friends and lovers, 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, from her arrival in war-weary London with her son, and the manuscript for her first novel, The Grass is Singing, under her arm to the publication of her most famous work of fiction, Peter, The Golden Notebook.
The Summer Before the Dark Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - Doris lessing's brilliant excursion into the terrifying stretch of time between youth and old age, from husband to lover to madness: on the road to a frightening new independence and a confrontation with self that lets her, finally, is her journey: from London to Turkey to Spain, come truly of age. But when the summer ends, the woman she was -- living behind a protective camouflage of feminine charm and caring -- no longer exists.
As the summer begins, kate brown -- attractive, forty five, intelligent, happily enough married, with a house in the London suburbs and three grown children -- has no reason to expect anything will change. This novel.
Prisons We Choose to Live Inside Cornelia & Michael Bessie BooksHarper Perennial #ad - One of the most important writers of the past hundred years. The times londonin this perceptive collection of essays, doris lessing addresses directly the prime questions before us all: how to think for ourselves, how to pick a path in a world deluged with opinions and information, how to understand what we know, and how to look at our society and ourselves with fresh eyes.
Alfred and EmilyHarperCollins e-books #ad - Do children feel their parents' emotions? Yes, we do, and it is a legacy I could have done without. I think my father's rage at the trenches took me over, when I was very young, and has never left me. Her father wanted the simple life of an English farmer, but shrapnel almost killed him in the trenches, and thereafter he had to wear a wooden leg.
This is followed by a piercing examination of their relationship as it actually was in the shadow of the Great War, of the family's move to Africa, and of the impact of her parents' marriage on a young woman growing up in a strange land. Here i still am, "trying to get out from under that monstrous legacy, " says Doris Lessing, trying to get free.
Alfred and Emily #ad - Triumphantly, with the publication of Alfred and Emily, she has done just that. What is the use of it? it is as if that old war is in my own memory, my own consciousness. In this extraordinary book, the 2007 Nobel Laureate Doris Lessing explores the lives of her parents, each irrevocably damaged by the Great War.
Her mother, a doctor, emily, spent the war nursing the wounded in the Royal Free Hospital after her great love, drowned in the Channel. In the fictional first half of alfred and emily, Doris Lessing imagines the happier lives her parents might have made for themselves had there been no war; a story that begins with their meeting at a village cricket match outside Colchester.