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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, including the Somerset Maugham Award, the David Cohen Memorial Prize for British Literature, the James Tait Black Prize for best biography, Spain's Prince of Asturias Prize and Prix Catalunya, and the S. T. Dupont Golden PEN Award for a Lifetime's Distinguished Service to Literature.
Lessing was born of British parents in Persia on October 22, 1919, and moved with her family to Southern Rhodesia when she was five years old. She went to England in 1949, where she published her first book, The Grass Is Singing, and began her career as a professional writer. In 1962, she broke new ground with her novel The Golden Notebook. She wrote more than thirty books—among them the novels Martha Quest, The Fifth Child, and her last work Alfred and Emily; stories, reportage, poems, and plays; and several nonfiction works, including books about cats, and two volumes of autobiography, Walking in the Shade and Under My Skin. She died on November 17, 2013. Her portrait hangs in London's National Portrait Gallery.
There was nobody in the book I liked or understood. But Lessing's prose is so elegant it made me read on.The events and descriptions are very depressing. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Waltraud Wieland
Wonderful use of language and great descriptive powers. It was so good I could feel the heat of the midday sun.Published 2 months ago by James Herriott
I suppose it’s my own fault for not starting one book and sticking with it. This books starts with a rambling report of a murder on the veld then jumps to the story of a young lady... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Garth R. Mailman
It is amazing to me that an author is able to keep your attention even after telling you the ending in the opening pages of the book.Published 3 months ago by Red Rose
I don't understand how this book gets overwhelmingly high ratings -- let alone how it possibly could have contributed to the author's winning of the Nobel Prize. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Howard Roark
enjoyed this book -
a good insite into the racial prejudices in Africa.