Eventually, conditions grow so bad in Ifrik that an entire continent of people begin a great northern migration. As Mara and Dann walk the length of the land, Lessing takes the opportunity to comment on the lost cities and vanished civilizations whose remains dot the landscape. That these ancient ruins belong to our civilization makes Mara's curiosity about them resonate eerily. Danger dogs every step; the children are captured by different, warring groups and their destinies take very different paths. A political novelist first and foremost, Lessing uses her futuristic fable to comment on the sins and foibles of humanity as it is now--on war and slavery, sexism and racism--and on its one saving grace, the ability to love. --Margaret Prior --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I really enjoyed this book. It was an absorbing read that left the with lots of questions about Africa which I have tried to research in various places. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Katharine Smith
I've read a few of Doris Lessing's books and this was not my favorite. Interesting enough plot but does drag on a bit. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Picabo
The story kind of plodded along, and while it kept me interested about Mara and Dann's history, the ending was a little contrived. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Nicole DeCruz
I'm not even sure there was a plot. This was probably one of the worst books I've read. Detailed descriptions of the environment which don't really advance the storyline coupled... Read morePublished 14 months ago by lorina johnson
An eye opening adventure of what may very well come to be...I truly believe Doris Lessing has always been way ahead of her time.Published 14 months ago by Becky S.
Many times while reading this book, I felt as though I were at a "story telling". The book reads more like someone sitting across from you telling a story than you sitting... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Betty C
This was the first book I've read from author, Doris Lessing. She is a fabulous storyteller, taking simple plots and weaving them into fascinating tales in a dry and dusty... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Patricia Devine
I will admit to not being familiar with Doris Lessing's works, and to being frustrated by the peculiar language style - very immature despite the aging of the characters. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Kindle Customer
I found this book hard to put down because there was no way to anticipate what was going to happen next. Read morePublished 15 months ago by old enough to know