The Grandmothers Paperback – 18 Oct 2004
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'Lessing's prose is as vigorous in these stories as it has ever been. She has an extraordinary feel not only for landscape but also for the human creature within it.' The Times
'In these four tales Lessing shows her adaptability, and her capacity to unify the most far-flung territories of human experience. Like all great writers, she brings a multitudinous sensibility to bear on individual people, on single rooms, on particular moments – and she makes them live.' Daily Telegraph
‘Doris Lessing has changed the way we think about the world.’ Blake Morrison
‘Thank goodness for Doris Lessing. While the rest of us flounder about noisily in the muddy waters of life, she never fails to expose with startling clarity the essential folly of our dreams and good intentions.’ Kate Chisholm, Evening Standard
‘She’s up there in the pantheon with Balzac and George Eliot. We’re lucky she’s still writing.’ Lisa Appignanesi, Independent
‘She has an extraordinary feeling for the peculiar vulnerabilities of the young and the elderly. And her portraits of human relationships are of quite staggering beauty.’ Ruth Scurr, The Times
About the Author
Doris Lessing is one of the most important writers of the twentieth century and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature 2007. Her first novel, 'The Grass is Singing', was published in 1950. Among her other celebrated novels are 'The Golden Notebook', 'The Fifth Child' and 'Memoirs of a Survivor'. She has also published two volumes of her autobiography, 'Under my Skin' and 'Walking in the Shade'. Doris Lessing died on 17 November 2013 at the age of 94.
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The final story A Love Child, is the best in my opinion. It begins with boyhood friends but concentrates on events unfolding in the life of one of them, James, a young man who has enlisted and is sent to Cape Town during World War II. The privations suffered by the troops on board the ship that takes them there are harrowing and realistic. Once there James falls in love with the young and beautiful wife of an officer. The time spent there becomes a dream for him and he cannot forget his four days of passion with the beautiful Daphne. However, the troops are sent on to India and he has to leave. We then get a stunningly evoked picture of men waiting to go into battle, the boredom and sickness, the endless tormenting sun of India, etc., Lessing writes her settings seemingly effortlessly and with supreme assuredness.Read more ›
Lil's adulterous husband kills himself in a road accident, Roz's husband is unhappy with his marriage and moves out. Which leaves two youngish, busy, working mothers with an adolescent son each. What happens next will cause some readers to gasp for breath. What happens between the foursome is not punishable by law, but... No one on their street and in the coastal resort itself suspects anything, but how long can this go on? Longer than one would expect...
Rich novella, which starts with an outburst from an unexpected angle. Challenging novella that cannot possibly end happily. This is one of Lessing's quirkier works within an uneven body of work. Dear readers beware: this novella is offered as a stand-alone offer or as title-holding book with a much larger collection of her stories. Go for the best offer.
Worth borrowing from the library.
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Found this book extremely boring and had great difficulty in finishing it. Definitely not on my list for reading again.Published on 4 Dec. 2013 by Ted Cawley
Four novellas in one book. Well written but I found the first story's theme distasteful. I enjoyed the second and fourth stories the most . Read morePublished on 20 July 2010 by Mrs. Joyce Davis