The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing

By Doris Lessing

The landmark novel of the Sixties -- a robust account of a lady trying to find her own, political identification whereas dealing with rejection and betrayal. In Nineteen Fifties London, novelist Anna Wulf struggles with writer's block. Divorced with a tender baby, and afraid of going mad, Anna documents her reports in 4 colored notebooks: black for her writing lifestyles, pink for political opinions, yellow for feelings, blue for daily occasions. however it is a 5th pc -- the golden computing device -- that eventually pulls those wayward strands of her lifestyles jointly. extensively considered as Doris Lessing's masterpiece and one of many maximum novels of the 20th century, "The Golden Notebook" is wry and perceptive, daring and necessary.

Anna is a author, writer of 1 very profitable novel, who now retains 4 notebooks. in a single, with a black hide, she experiences the African adventure of her prior years. In a crimson one she files her political existence, her disillusionment with communism. In a yellow one she writes a singular during which the heroine relives a part of her personal event. And in a blue one she retains a private diary. eventually, in love with an American author and threatened with madness, Anna resolves to convey the threads of all 4 books jointly in a golden notebook.

Doris Lessing's best-known and so much influential novel, The Golden laptop keeps its remarkable strength and relevance a long time after its preliminary publication.

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'This formidable novel has no equal.' mum or dad

'At the start of the Sixties, this monstrous, frank, advanced novel helped to maintain our popularity for brave, bold, experimental writing. quickly a global bestseller, it's nonetheless Lessing's most interesting paintings. "The Golden Notebook" captured the heady mixture of the early Sixties, while not only novels yet political certainties have been dissolving. The emerging feminist move seized it as a Bible.' Mail on Sunday

'Her maximum work...Shows the facility of the feminine mind's eye at complete throttle. It doesn't undergo an easy political message however it does rip off the mask that ladies have been acquainted with donning, and it exhibits up the hazards and problems that ladies come across in the event that they attempt to stay a unfastened lifestyles in a man's world...A landmark novel, a e-book that either replaced and defined a generation...One of the best writers of the century.' self sustaining

'Doris Lessing is a pioneer of feminist self-consciousness in its uncooked state...The truths contained in "The Golden Notebook" are certainly harsh. it may possibly even be stated that those specific truths haven't been tested in so rigorous and exemplary a way because the first visual appeal of this awesome ebook. A seminal work.' Anita Brookner, LRB

'The Golden Notebook" is the diary of a author in surprise, a tender girl decided to forge a lifestyles as a "free woman", as an "intellectual". Doris Lessing is a author of substantial strength, somebody who can shut her eyes and "give" a scenario by means of the sheer strength of her emotional energy.' Joan Didion, long island instances

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You filthy beggar, get out of here, don't touch me, if you lay a finger on me I'll cane you to death . . and he'd go back to the window with the broken panes, stark . naked. The old women and the nuns didn't dare cross the court with the orange trees anymore. We decided that the best thing was to board up the shutters of his cell. But he always managed to break them down. Until one night, as Don Clemente slept, I walled up his window with bricks and cement, the first window I walled up in the Casa.

It was witch­ craft, black magic, and that's why the peasants were being crushed under the weight of endless misfortunes. Over the bone­ dry plains, where the animals swollen with thirst were dying off, the head of the landowner's daughter, flapping huge sinewy ears that were like bat wings, would fly after the yellow bitch dog­ it was warty and scrawny like the girl's nursemaid-that guided the chonch6n to a place indicated by the rays of their accom­ plice, the moon, on the other side of the hills.

I'm the seventh old woman. I'll take it upon myself to watch over the Azcoitia about to be born. Iris's - 50 vomit, which I washed from the kitchen tiles, anointed me. I keep it wrapped in a floor rag, with my books and my manu­ scripts, under the bed, where all old women keep their things. THE FIRST TffiNG I had to do was win them over. If I didn't find a way to dazzle them, I'd be accepted by them in name only, even though I'd groveled for them. I let a few days go by while I laid my plans, letting them go on barely talking to me and watching me on the sly.

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