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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)""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"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""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""She is a mature ad valuable artist, adventurous in the mysteries of daily life, thoughtful, passionate, true."-- Stanley Kauffmann

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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. 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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Product Details

  • Series: Children of Violence
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Harperperennial ed. edition (September 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060976640
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060976644
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,050,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Trying to understand the mid-20th century? Race relations, facism, colonials, communism, sexual politics? Take a ride with Doris Lessing through her strange and fictional small town in southern Africa. This was probably my favorite book of the Children of Violence series, perhaps because in it, Martha actually takes some action. Admittedly, she and her friends are running around like rabbits and will never accomplish anything substantial in the field of race relations, but they're trying, desperately, as they marry the latest currents in European liberal thinking to the absurdities of colonial life.
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Lessing presents us here to a third (or forth) phase in the life of Martha Quest, a white woman in "Zambezia", a colonialist state in Africa. "children of violence" which consists the present book is a highly recommended series as a whole, but the whole is to be differentiated as the fifth book belongs to a different genre if to any existing one. the former books, this one included, on the other hand, make an important contribution to female bildungsroman, as Lessing tells us with what i heard to be a tone of apology, in the end of the fifth book. "a ripple in the storm", specifically, suggest some more categories. it faces us with a small comunist group in "Zambezia" through world war 2 which implies all the domain of questions from justice to power in its external and internal spheres, to the state of an individual inside a storm. the story is rich, clever, subtle. it leads us to the continuance of changing and growing of Martha (the author seems to hold a certain popular enough judgement of comunism as something to grow of personally and historically, though not without retaining something of it). it leads us there as if by ourselves. it's not that you want to be or feel yourself to be Martha, actually Martha is half hidden - to herself too - in the turbulence of activity, this is part of the story. it is that you can imagine your shade appearing there in the little rooms. another point,one gets a sad description of the status of women in an example of an ideologically egalitarian organization. this fact is made clear thoroghly by description. one might believe the author doesn't even know this fact (but of course, one shouldn't).
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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" but in the first chapter of "A Ripple From The Storm" I'm confronted with "[Jasmine] ...intended to live with Jackie Cooper when the war was over..." Who? It's Jackie BOLTON!!! The same problem was in the first book, switching "Penny" for "Perry." Very shoddy treatment of a classic book, I want my money back!
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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 youthful idealism at the expense of her personal life. Following her coming of age (book one, Martha Quest) and first marriage (book two, A Proper Marriage), the Martha of Ripple in the Storm is separated from hapless first husband Douglas and from her young daughter Caroline while being deeply immersed in the activities of the local Communist Party in Zambesia (a fictional South African country based on Rhodesia, where Lessing grew up).

The best parts of this book for me were the accounts of the endless party meetings Martha participates in where hairs are split, mountains are made of molehills, factionalism dominates and the anal retentive tendencies of Marxist doctrine are on full display. Behind it all is a rather vivid portrait of racial relations in Rhodesia and South Africa in the mid-20th century.
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