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Walking in the Shade Volume 2 1949 1962by Doris Lessing
Synopses & Reviews
Doris Lessing joined the Communist Party in London, and here she explores the allure Communism held for artists, intellectuals, and social reformist idealists in the '50s. A fascinating meditation on the psychological, sociological and historical roots of a generation's behavior, Lessing offers insight into the ideological and political madness of the post-war era.
Lessing also evokes the bohemian life she led in post-war London: her work in the theater, her romantic liaisons, her books, her single parenting and the tenor and texture of life in the '50s. Among those who appear in these pages are Clancy Sigal, Nelson Algren, Henry Kissinger, Kenneth Tynan and Bertrand Russell, to name a few. She muses at length about the relationships between men and women, offering provocative insights into the attitudes of American men toward sex, women and love.
The last section of the memoir describes the writing of her most famous novel, The Golden Notebook. It offers a fascinating account of the creative process by which a literary masterpiece is conceived and executed.
Book News Annotation:
This second volume of novelist, poet and playwright Lessing's autobiography describes her life in post-war England from age 30 to age 42. The author of The Grass is Singing and The Golden Notebook discusses the early critical successes of her novels and poems; her work in the theater with people such as Kenneth Tynan, John Osborne, Lindsay Anderson, Tony Richardson, and Arnold Wesker; her political activities as a communist and her eventual disillusionment with communism; and her romantic liaisons with various leftists.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Doris Lessing, winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature, is one of the most celebrated and distinguished writers of our time. She lives in north London.
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