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ISBN13: 9780060953461
ISBN10: 0060953462
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Set in South Africa under white rule, Doris Lessing's first novel is both a riveting chronicle of human disintegration and a beautifully understated social critique. 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 work their slow poison, and Mary's despair progresses until the fateful arrival of an enigmatic and virile black servant, Moses. Locked in anguish, Mary and Moses — master and slave — are trapped in a web of mounting attraction and repulsion. Their psychic tension explodes in an electrifying scene that ends this disturbing tale of racial strife in colonial South Africa.

The Grass Is Singing blends Lessing's imaginative vision with her own vividly remembered early childhood to recreate the quiet horror of a woman's struggle against a ruthless fate.

About the Author

Doris Lessing was born to British parents in Persia in 1919 and moved with her family to Southern Rhodesia when she was five years old. She went to England in 1949 and has lived there ever since. She is the author of more than thirty books — novels, short stories, reportage, poems, and plays — and is considered among the most important writers of the postwar era. Her most recent works include two volumes of autobiography, Under My Skin and Walking in the Shade, and a novel, Mara and Dann.

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Mariano, August 18, 2008 (view all comments by Mariano)
I admit that I hadn't read Doris Lessing until she won the Nobel. I decided to start with her first novel, and it's a doozy! This is the perfect first book because it makes you hungry for more by the same author. I was enthralled by the story of a woman trapped by society's expectations and the tragic result of her choices. The book is a personal story that touches on the universal implications of racism and slavery.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060953461
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Lessing, Doris
Author:
Lessing, Doris May
Author:
Schwartz, Barry
Author:
Lessing, Doris
Author:
by Doris Lessing
Author:
by Doris Lessing
Publisher:
Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
South Africa
Subject:
Married people
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
Perennial Classics
Series Volume:
105-396
Publication Date:
January 2000
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.52x4.83x.61 in. .47 lbs.

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