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The Golden Notebook: A Novel Paperback – Deckle Edge, October 14, 2008
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“The Golden Notebook is Doris Lessing’s most important work and has left its mark upon the ideas and feelings of a whole generation of women.” (Elizabeth Hardwick, New York Times Book Review)
“A rewarding book, and an unusually perceptive one.” (Milwaukee Journal)
“This exciting writer has tried much, aimed high, and has paraded a galaxy of gifts.” (Baltimore Sun)
“No ordinary work of fiction…The technique, in a word, is brilliant.” (Saturday Review)
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This novel also captures the political climate of the era, a state of post-war disillusionment with the available models political ideology. They recognise the need for some kind of change, but are unable to envision a model that will work.Read more ›
Summarily, "The Golden Notebook" is a work of fiction about the erratic process of writing fiction, and it problematically attempts to intertwine several novels into one. The main story is that of Lessing's alter ego Anna Wulf, who compiles her memoirs, blending the real with the fictional, into four color-coded notebooks of which the contents are revealed in an alternating fashion. Anna, a rising literary star who has published an acclaimed novel called "Frontiers of War" based loosely on her experiences and her circle of friends in Rhodesia where she lived during World War II, now resides in England with her young daughter Janet, drawing income from gradually dwindling royalties while being courted by philistine film producers who propose to adapt and warp her novel for the screen.
Love and sexuality play major roles throughout the multiple narratives, but "The Golden Notebook" is neither sentimental enough to be a romantic novel nor cynical enough to be a satire.Read more ›
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I could only read 10% of this book. I just didn't care about the charactersPublished 1 month ago by MARY C.
This book broke ground, and not in the way usually assumed. In dividing the book into discreet sections (notebooks) Lessing found a way to express our divided lives. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Martha Quest
I don'l like this rambling political type of story.Just not my cup of tea.Published 2 months ago by Ronnie