Love, again tells the story of a 65-year-old woman who falls in love and struggles to maintain her sanity. During the production of a play, the beautiful and androgynous 28-year-old Bill, she falls in love with a seductive young actor, and then with the more mature 35-year-old director Henry. Widowed for many years, with grown children, Sarah is a writer who works in the theater in London.
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, how to understand what we know, how to pick a path in a world deluged with opinions and information, 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.
The Grandmothers: Four Short NovelsHarperCollins e-books #ad - Shocking, and these passions last for years, often uncomfortably honest, these stories reaffirm Doris Lessing’s unequalled ability to capture the truth of the human condition In the title novel, two friends fall in love with each other's teenage sons, until the women end them, intimate, vowing a respectable old age.
In victoria and the staveneys, a young woman gives birth to a child of mixed race and struggles with feelings of estrangement as her daughter gets drawn into a world of white privilege. The reason for it traces the birth, faltering, and decline of an ancient culture, with enlightening modern resonances.
The Grandmothers: Four Short Novels #ad - A love child features a world war II soldier who believes he has fathered a love child during a fleeting wartime romance and cannot be convinced otherwise.
The Sweetest Dream: A NovelHarperCollins e-books #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, ex-friends, exuberant, youthful crew assembled around her hospitable tableher two sons and their friends, girlfriends, and ftesh-off-the-street friends.
It's the early 1960s and certainly "everything is for the best in the best of all possible worlds. Except financial circumstances demand that Frances and her sons Eve with her proper ex-mother-in-law. And the world's political landscape has suddenly become surreal beyond imagination. Set against the backdrop of the decade that changed the world forever, The Sweetest Dream is a riveting look at a group of people who dared to dream-and faced the inevitable cleanup afterward -- from one of the greatest writers of our time.
The Golden Notebook: A Novel Perennial ClassicsHarper Perennial #ad - In a yellow one she writes a novel in which the heroine relives part of her own experience. And in a blue one she keeps a personal diary. In a red one she records her political life, her disillusionment with communism. 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. In one, with a black cover, she reviews the African experience of her earlier years. 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.
The Golden Notebook: A Novel Perennial Classics #ad - Lessing's best-known and most influential novel, The Golden Notebook retains its extraordinary power and relevance decades after its initial publication.
Ben, In the World: The Sequel to the Fifth ChildHarperCollins e-books #ad - From london and the south of France to Brazil and the mountains of the Andes. He is too large, too awkward, too inhumanly made. Ben is tossed about in a tumultuous search for his people, a reason for his being. How the world receives him, and, he fares in it will horrify and captivate until the novel's dramatic finale.
Now estranged from his family, he must find his own path in life. At eighteen, ben is in the world, but not of it.
Shikasta: Re, Colonised Planet 5 Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - For eons, galactic empires have struggled against one another, and Shikasta is one of the main battlegrounds. Johar, an emissary from canopus and the primary contributor to the archives, visits Shikasta over the millennia from the time of the giants and the biblical great flood up to the present. With every visit he tries to distract shikastans from the evil influences of the planet Shammat but notes with dismay the ever-growing chaos and destruction of Shikasta as its people hurl themselves towards World War III and annihilation.
. This is the first volume in the series of novels Doris Lessing calls collectively Canopus in Argos: Archives. Presented as a compilation of documents, letters, reports, speeches and journal entries, this purports to be a general study of the planet Shikasta–clearly the planet Earth–to be used by history students of the higher planet Canopus and to be stored in the Canopian archives.
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, taken together, each a masterpiece on its own right, and, an incisive and all-encompassing vision of our world in the twentieth century.
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. 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, " says doris Lessing, "trying to get out from under that monstrous legacy, trying to get free. Triumphantly, with the publication of Alfred and Emily, she has done just that. 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.
Alfred and Emily #ad - Her mother, a doctor, spent the war nursing the wounded in the Royal Free Hospital after her great love, Emily, 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.
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.
The Summer Before the Dark Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - This novel. 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, forty five, happily enough married, Kate Brown -- attractive, intelligent, with a house in the London suburbs and three grown children -- has no reason to expect anything will change.
Doris lessing's brilliant excursion into the terrifying stretch of time between youth and old age, is her journey: from London to Turkey to Spain, finally, from husband to lover to madness: on the road to a frightening new independence and a confrontation with self that lets her, come truly of age.