. In a ripple from the storm, a grotesque second marriage, following Martha through World War II, Doris Lessing charts Martha Quest's personal and political adventures in race-torn British Africa, and an excursion into Communism. This wise and starling novel perceptively reveals the paradoxes, passions, and ironies rooted in the life of twentieth-century Anglo-Africa.
Landlocked Children of Violence Book 4HarperCollins e-books #ad - She is losing faith with the communist movement in Africa, and her marriage to one of the movement's leaders is disintegrating. In the aftermath of World War II, Martha Quest finds herself completely disillusioned. Determined to resist the erosion of her personality, she engages in the first satisfactory love affair and breaks free, if only momentarily, from her suffocating unhappiness.
Landlocked is the fourth novel of doris lessing's classic Children of Violence sequence of novels, and collectively an incisive, each a masterpiece in its own right, all encompassing vision of our world in the twentiethcentury.
A Proper Marriage The Children of Violence, Book 2HarperCollins e-books #ad - 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, and, each a masterpiece on its own right, an incisive and all-encompassing vision of our world in the twentieth century.
An unconventional woman trapped in a conventional marriage, Martha Quest struggles to maintain her dignity and her sanity through the misunderstandings, infidelities, frustrations, and degrading violence of a failing marriage.
The Four-Gated City The Children of Violence, Book 5HarperCollins e-books #ad - In these five novels, doris lessing transformed her fascinating life into fiction, creating her most complex and compelling character, first published in the 1950's and 60s, Martha Quest. Dorris lessing's classic series of autobiographical novels is the fictional counterpart to Under My Skin.
Martha Quest: A Novel Perennial Classics Book 1HarperCollins e-books #ad - For her, this is a time of solitary reading daydreams, dancing -- and the first disturbing encounters with sex. She is a romantic idealistic in revolt against the puritan snobbery of her parents, emotion, trying to live to the full with every nerve, and instinct laid bare to experience. Intelligent, and fiercely passionate, Martha Quest is a young woman living on a farm in Africa, sensitive, feeling her way through the torments of adolescence and early womanhood.
The first of doris lessing's timeless Children of Violence novels, Martha Quest is an endearing masterpiece.
Walking in the Shade: Growing Point, TheHarperCollins e-books #ad - 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.
Walking in the shade is an invaluable social history as well as Doris Lessing's Sentimental Education. 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, under her arm to the publication of her most famous work of fiction, Peter, The Grass is Singing, The Golden Notebook.
Grass Is Singing: A NovelHarper Perennial #ad - . Little by little the ennui of years on the farm works its slow poison. There is passion here, a piercing accuracy, a rare sensitivity and power. 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. 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.
Grass Is Singing: A Novel #ad - Mary's despair progresses until the fateful arrival of Moses, an enigmatic, virile black servant.
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.
This novel. As the summer begins, forty five, kate brown -- attractive, happily enough married, intelligent, with a house in the London suburbs and three grown children -- has no reason to expect anything will change.
Briefing for a Descent into Hell Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - A fascinating look inside the mind of a man who is supposedly "mad. ".
The Sweetest Dream: A NovelHarperCollins e-books #ad - Frances lennox ladles out dinner every night to the motley, youthful crew assembled around her hospitable tableher two sons and their friends, exuberant, girlfriends, ex-friends, and ftesh-off-the-street friends. 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.
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 her ex-husband, comrade Johnny, has just dumped his second wife's problem child at Frances's feet.