Free Woman: Life, Liberation and Doris Lessing Paperback – 8 Mar. 2018
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- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1408878545
- ISBN-10 : 1408878542
- Product Dimensions : 20.3 x 25.4 x 4.7 cm
- Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; Export/Airside Edition (8 Mar. 2018)
- Language: : English
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I found the opening sections weak (almost naïve) and the references to Lessing’s work very basic. Feigel seemed surer of her ground in later sections where she reverts to an analytical, literary studies’ approach - I enjoyed her discussion of De Beauvoir versus Lessing, for example. Although this then made the analogies from her own life seem incongruous- I just couldn’t stir up any enthusiasm for the juxtaposition of certain elements such as the lengthy discussion of her orgasms versus Lessing’s fictional ones. Overall, it’s a well-written and researched work and quite brave in its frank detailing of Feigel’s life but it wasn’t for me. I felt it lacked the sophistication of writers like Rebecca Solnit or the accessibility of ‘Tracks’ or ‘Wild’. It’s possible/probable that I am just the wrong reader for this, maybe if I were struggling with the same issues as Feigel, or hadn’t read a lot of feminist texts before, I would have found this more engaging or illuminating.