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A Ripple From the Storm (Children of Violence) Paperback – September 1, 1995
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"Absorbing reading...Lessing conveys [with great clarity] the emotions, aspirations and constant self-questing of Martha Quest, her most powerful character." -- Sunday Times (London)
"Doris Lessing, of all the postwar English novelists, is the foremost creative descendant of that `great tradition' which includes George Eliot and D. H. Lawrence." -- New York Times Book Review
"I read the Children of Violence novels and began to understand how a person could write about the problems of the world in a compelling and beautiful way, and it seemed to me that was the most important thing I could ever do." -- Barbara Kingsolver
"She is a mature ad valuable artist, adventurous in the mysteries of daily life, thoughtful, passionate, true." -- Stanley Kauffmann
"There can't, I suppose , be anyone left who reads modern fiction at all and isn't aware of the importance of Doris Lessing's work...Lessing knows just what she is doing and a real, densely imagined, completely credible world emerges." -- John Wain, Observer
About the Author
Winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature, Doris Lessing was one of the most celebrated and distinguished writers of our time, the recipient of a host of international awards. She wrote more than thirty books—among them the novels Martha Quest, The Golden Notebook, and The Fifth Child. She died in 2013.
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Martha Quest is a privileged young white woman growing up in a fictional colonial country in Southern Africa. (Echoing Lessing's own upbringing in then-Rhodesia) The first book is a coming of age story (at least of a kind); the second (A Proper Marriage) tells the story of Martha's embrace and eventual rejection of the classic housewife role. This third book in the sequence tells the story of Martha attempting to find her way in local radical politics-- both as a white person and a woman.
Although all of the Children of Violence novels can ostensibly be read independently, I would think that this volume would be the most trying if you hadn't gotten to know Martha already in the first two books. The politics of the time seem so foolish and innocent and her abandonment of her child so callous, that she is very difficult to understand in these pages without backdrop. Those very elements are a lot of what make it so interesting for me.Read more ›
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The third book in Doris Lessing's Children of Violence series featuring her semi-autobiographical alter ego Martha Quest, A Ripple in the Storm finds Martha deep in the throws of... Read morePublished 18 months ago by M. Buzalka
That's it, I'm done with Kindle version of this series. I suffered through multiple misspellings and punctuation errors in "Martha Quest" and "A Proper Marriage"... Read morePublished 21 months ago by BMPF