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The Golden Notebook (Paladin Books) [Paperback]

Doris Lessing
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2 Dec 2002 Paladin Books

One of Doris Lessing’s most important works, exploring politics, feminism, motherhood and the intellectual climate of the 1950s.

Anna Wulf is a young novelist with writer’s block. Divorced, with a young child, and disillusioned by unsatisfactory relationships, she feels her life is falling apart. In fear of madness, she records her experiences in four coloured notebooks. The black notebook addresses her problems as a writer; the red her political life; the yellow her relationships and emotions; and the blue becomes a diary of everyday events. But it is the fifth notebook – the Golden Notebook – which is the key to her recovery and renaissance.

Bold and illuminating, fusing sex, politics, madness and motherhood, ‘The Golden Notebook’ is at once a wry and perceptive portrait of the intellectual and moral climate of the 1950s – a society on the brink of feminism – and a powerful and revealing account of a woman searching for her own personal and political identity.



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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Flamingo; New edition edition (2 Dec 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0586089233
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586089231
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘At the beginning of the Sixties, this vast, frank, complicated novel helped to sustain our reputation for courageous, ambitious, experimental writing. Soon a worldwide bestseller, it is still her finest work. “The Golden Notebook” captured the heady mix of the early Sixties, when not just novels but political certainties were dissolving. The rising feminist movement seized it as a Bible.’ Malcolm Bradbury, ‘The Essential Library’.’ Mail on Sunday

‘Her greatest work…Shows the power of the female imagination at full throttle. It doesn't bear a simple political message but it does rip off the masks that women were accustomed to wear, and it shows up the dangers and difficulties that women encounter if they try to live a free life in a man's world…A landmark novel, a book that both changed and explained a generation…One of the finest writers of the century.’ Natasha Walter, Independent

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Anna Wulf is a young novelist with writer’s block. Divorced, with a young child, and disillusioned by unsatisfactory relationships, she feels her life is falling apart. In fear of madness, she records her experiences in four coloured notebooks. The black notebook addresses her problems as a writer; the red her political life; the yellow her relationships and emotions; and the blue becomes a diary of everyday events. But it is the fifth notebook – the Golden Notebook – which is the key to her recovery and renaissance.

Bold and illuminating, fusing sex, politics, madness and motherhood, The Golden Notebook is at once a wry and perceptive portrait of the intellectual and moral climate of the 1950s – a society on the brink of feminism – and a powerful and revealing account of a woman searching for her own personal and political identity.


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80 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All the Amazing Notes 14 Nov 2002
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The Golden Notebook is Lessing's most well known of her works and with good reason. It is an incredibly complex and layered work that addresses such ideas as authorship of one's life, the political climate of the 60s and the power relation between the sexes. It would be nave to consider this novel as just a feminist polemic. I know many people have read it only this way or not read it because they assume it is only this. Lessing articulates this point well in her introduction. The novel inhabits many worlds of thought. It just so happens that at the time of its publication it was a very poignant work for feminism. More than any book I know it has the deepest and longest meditation on what it means to split your identity into categories because you can not conceive of yourself as whole in the present climate of society and in viewing your own interactions with people. This obsession with constructing a comprehensive sense of identity leads to an infinite fictionalisation of the protagonist's life. Consider the following passage "I looked at her, and thought: That's my child, my flesh and blood. But I couldn't feel it. She said again: 'Play, mummy.' I moved wooden bricks for a house, but like a machine. Making myself perform every movement. I could see myself sitting on the floor, the picture of a 'young mother playing with her little girl.' Like a film shot, or a photograph." She can't attach her own vision of herself to the reality of her life. The two are separated by the ideologies of society which influence her own vision of who she should be.
This novel also captures the political climate of the era, a state of post-war disillusionment with the available models political ideology. They recognise the need for some kind of change, but are unable to envision a model that will work.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only connect ... 29 Dec 2006
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As Doris Lessing discusses in her own introduction (new for this edition), her best-known and best-selling novel has been viewed as being "about" various things: the battle of the sexes and man's inhumanity to woman; mental health; the difficulties facing left-wing politics following the failure and collapse of communism. As she herself points out, there is a definite irony in this, given that her central theme and premise was the need to see things as a whole and avoid compartmentalising different aspects of our lives (love life, family life, political life, work life etc. etc.). This remains a startling idea: what Lessing is essentially saying is that it is just this sort of compartmentalising that allows an otherwise kind character to be a shameless racist (there is a prominent example in the Black Notebook), or an operative of a totalitarian regime to commit acts of genocide then go home to a peaceful family dinner.

At the novel's opening, the life of Lessing's central character - (ex-)novelist Anna Wulf - seems hopelessly fragmented. Afflicted by writer's block, Anna pours the narrative of the various traumas of her life into four quite separate compartments: the Black Notebook relates to her "work life" as a writer; the Red Notebook her "political life" as a lapsed and disillusioned member of the British Communist party; the Yellow Notebook her (lightly fictionalised) love life; and the Blue Notebook her everyday existence. In all four areas, things grow increasingly desperate until Anna's mental health seems in serious question. However, it is only after what amounts to a "breakdown" followed by re-synthesis of her life as a whole in the eponymous Golden Notebook that Anna can really achieve mental and moral wellbeing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Few literary works of the last 50 years have been discussed in the detail that Doris Lessing's 'The Golden Notebook' has. The narrative, centered around the self-conscious Anna Wulf, the writer of one successful novel, but a woman struggling to keep her composure, and even sanity, in an unforgiving modern world, is one of the best literary examinations of the individual in transition (and teetering on collapse). The novel splits itself between Anna's four notebooks, which in turn deal with her writing life/her emotional life/her political life/everday events in her life. These sections, whilst all different, slowly bring together a coherent picture of Anna in all the spheres of her life, as lover, mother, radical left-wing activist, and other things. The form of the notebooks is a masterstroke in the novel, as they work as both a compact record of an element of Anna's life and its changes, but also a place for the novel's protagonist to reflect on herself. The novel's other sections, (outside of the 'Golden Notebook' itself - too full of spoilers to be discussed in detail), the five part 'Free Women' sections deal with Anna's struggle, in the present, to deal with her fiercely independent friend Molly, her maturing daughter Janet, and other issues.

As a document of the '60s, where philosophy, politics and the ideal of 'free love' were in full flow in London, the novel is priceless; as is its evocation of the communist life in both Rhodesia and Britain itself. In fact, further than that, most of the novel's sections are impressive - even Anna's 'everyday' section of the notebook, shows in fascinating detail a woman grappling with the major questions of her age, and of the freedom of women in modern western society.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading
Doris Lessing died in November last year, aged 94, with more than 50 published novels and a Nobel Prize for Literature to her name. Read more
Published 1 month ago by What Cathy Read
5.0 out of 5 stars A golden book with hidden gems
I have been intending to read more Doris Lessing for - well, years really! There are always so many other good reads and so little time! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Doris Lessing
Doris Lessing is a renowned author and known feminist.
In the context of time this book and its author were far sighted, however in today's progressive society this book had... Read more
Published 3 months ago by penny
2.0 out of 5 stars Book group read
Had to read this for my book group. Not my style of book at all will not read her stuff again
Published 4 months ago by sam's mum
1.0 out of 5 stars Wish I hadn't bought it
I loved "The Grass is Singing" - could not put it down.

But this book left me cold and I abandoned it after the first few pages of the first notebook. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Stuart Tomanek
3.0 out of 5 stars A very perceptive book
I found this quite a difficult book to follow as the author changed from on notebook to another but her characters are very believable
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. M A K Shepherd
2.0 out of 5 stars A hard read
I admit I have set this aside to read when I have time and energy for something so solid. Probably my fault, but not very gripping.
Published 5 months ago by jw
3.0 out of 5 stars The Golden Notebook
Not a book that you could read in a hurry. Very verbose and, if I had not got it on my Kindle, the Dictionary would have been by my side whilst reading it.
Published 5 months ago by Sue
2.0 out of 5 stars Hard work
Found this hard going. Had to read for a book club and only managed25%. May have been easier as a book not on a Kindle. You can skip the long Preface.
Published 6 months ago by christine pidcock
2.0 out of 5 stars golden notebook
turgid dialogue ,dated I would not recommend it despite the authors fame characters are unlikeable and unrealistic the type is small and that adds to the frustration of reading... Read more
Published 6 months ago by fiona warman
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