An unconventional woman trapped in a conventional marriage, Martha Quest struggles to maintain her dignity and her sanity through the misunderstandings, frustrations, infidelities, and degrading violence of a failing marriage.
A Ripple From the Storm Children of ViolenceHarperCollins e-books #ad - This wise and starling novel perceptively reveals the paradoxes, passions, and ironies rooted in the life of twentieth-century Anglo-Africa. In a ripple from the storm, doris lessing charts martha Quest's personal and political adventures in race-torn British Africa, a grotesque second marriage, following Martha through World War II, and an excursion into Communism.
A Ripple From the Storm Children of Violence #ad - Martha quest, the embodied heroine of the Children of Violence series, has been acclaimed as one of the greatest fictional creations in the English language. A ripple from the storm is the third novel in doris lessing's classic Children of Violence sequence of novels, and, each a masterpiece in its own right, taken together, an incisive and all-encompassing vision of our world in the twentieth century.
Martha Quest: A Novel Perennial Classics Book 1HarperCollins e-books #ad - She is a romantic idealistic in revolt against the puritan snobbery of her parents, trying to live to the full with every nerve, emotion, and instinct laid bare to experience. Intelligent, sensitive, martha quest is a young woman living on a farm in Africa, and fiercely passionate, feeling her way through the torments of adolescence and early womanhood.
The first of doris lessing's timeless Children of Violence novels, Martha Quest is an endearing masterpiece. For her, this is a time of solitary reading daydreams, dancing -- and the first disturbing encounters with sex.
Landlocked Children of Violence Book 4HarperCollins e-books #ad - Landlocked Children of Violence Book 4 #ad - She is losing faith with the communist movement in Africa, and her marriage to one of the movement's leaders is disintegrating. Determined to resist the erosion of her personality, she engages in the first satisfactory love affair and breaks free, if only momentarily, from her suffocating unhappiness. In the aftermath of World War II, Martha Quest finds herself completely disillusioned.
Landlocked is the fourth novel of doris lessing's classic Children of Violence sequence of novels, each a masterpiece in its own right, and collectively an incisive, all encompassing vision of our world in the twentiethcentury.
The Four-Gated City The Children of Violence, Book 5HarperCollins e-books #ad - The Four-Gated City The Children of Violence, Book 5 #ad - Dorris lessing's classic series of autobiographical novels is the fictional counterpart to Under My Skin. In these five novels, creating her most complex and compelling character, Doris Lessing transformed her fascinating life into fiction, first published in the 1950's and 60s, Martha Quest.
Grass Is Singing: A NovelHarper Perennial #ad - Locked in anguish, mary and moses—master and slave—are trapped in a web of mounting attraction and repulsion, until their psychic tension explodes with devastating consequences. Mary's despair progresses until the fateful arrival of Moses, an enigmatic, virile black servant. One can only marvel. New york timesset in southern rhodesia under white rule, Doris Lessing's first novel is at once a riveting chronicle of human disintegration, a beautifully understated social critique, and a brilliant depiction of the quiet horror of one woman's struggle against a ruthless fate.
Mary turner is a self-confident, independent young woman who becomes the depressed, frustrated wife of an ineffectual, unsuccessful farmer. Little by little the ennui of years on the farm works its slow poison. There is passion here, a piercing accuracy, a rare sensitivity and power.
Alfred and EmilyHarperCollins e-books #ad - What is the use of it? it is as if that old war is in my own memory, my own consciousness. In this extraordinary book, the 2007 Nobel Laureate Doris Lessing explores the lives of her parents, each irrevocably damaged by the Great War. This is followed by a piercing examination of their relationship as it actually was in the shadow of the Great War, of the family's move to Africa, and of the impact of her parents' marriage on a young woman growing up in a strange land.
Here i still am, "trying to get out from under that monstrous legacy, " says Doris Lessing, trying to get free. Triumphantly, with the publication of Alfred and Emily, she has done just that. Do children feel their parents' emotions? Yes, we do, and it is a legacy I could have done without. I think my father's rage at the trenches took me over, when I was very young, and has never left me.
Alfred and Emily #ad - Her mother, a doctor, spent the war nursing the wounded in the Royal Free Hospital after her great love, Emily, drowned in the Channel. In the fictional first half of alfred and emily, Doris Lessing imagines the happier lives her parents might have made for themselves had there been no war; a story that begins with their meeting at a village cricket match outside Colchester.
Her father wanted the simple life of an English farmer, but shrapnel almost killed him in the trenches, and thereafter he had to wear a wooden leg.
Walking in the Shade: Growing Point, TheHarperCollins e-books #ad - She describes how communism dominated the intellectual life of the 1950s and how she, like nearly all communists, became disillusioned with extreme and rhetorical politics and left communism behind. Evoking the bohemian days of a young writer and single mother, her involvement in the theater, Lessing speaks openly about her writing process, her friends and lovers, and her political activities.
Walking in the Shade: Growing Point, The #ad - . Walking in the shade is an invaluable social history as well as Doris Lessing's Sentimental Education. The second volume of doris lessing's extraordinary autobiography covers the years 1949-62, The Grass is Singing, and the manuscript for her first novel, Peter, under her arm to the publication of her most famous work of fiction, from her arrival in war-weary London with her son, The Golden Notebook.
The Summer Before the Dark Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - But when the summer ends, the woman she was -- living behind a protective camouflage of feminine charm and caring -- no longer exists. As the summer begins, forty five, happily enough married, Kate Brown -- attractive, intelligent, with a house in the London suburbs and three grown children -- has no reason to expect anything will change.
This novel. Doris lessing's brilliant excursion into the terrifying stretch of time between youth and old age, from husband to lover to madness: on the road to a frightening new independence and a confrontation with self that lets her, is her journey: from London to Turkey to Spain, finally, come truly of age.