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Alfred & Emily--Doris Lessing (2008)

I came to Doris Lessing’s final book, the genre-defying Alfred & Emily, through Roberta Rubenstein’s consideration of it in her recent book Literary Half-Lives… 1,909 more words

Reading diary, #8

More catch-up content, I’m afraid, covering the books I’ve read over the past month or so. It’s the usual mix – some genre, some literary, some which are neither. 1,018 more words

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The Grass is Singing, by Doris Lessing

This is not a happy book. The grass, if it is indeed singing, is probably voicing a sad lament for years gone by, for wasted lives and opportunities, for the horrible choices we make because we think we have to, and for the way humans manage to create cages from themselves when all there is around them is open space. 408 more words

Quick Quotes #62

Think wrongly, if you please, but in all cases think for yourself.

- Doris Lessing

In English- Please.

Quick Quotes #61

Whatever you’re meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.

- Doris Lessing

In English- Please.

Quick Quotes #60

What’s terrible is to pretend that the second-rate is the first-rate. To pretend that you don’t need love when you do; or you like your work when you know quite well you’re capable of better.

- Doris Lessing

In English- Please.

The thinning of language (Doris Lessing)

I am in a mood that gets more and more familiar: words lose their meaning suddenly. I find myself listening to a sentence, a phrase, a group of words, as if they are in a foreign language—the gap between what they are supposed to mean, and what in fact they say seems unbridgeable.

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