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In the last years of his life, a contemplative Roman senator embarks on one last epic endeavor: to retell the history of human creation and reveal the little-known story of the Clefts, an ancient community of women living in an Edenic coastal wilderness. The Clefts have neither need nor knowledge of men; childbirth is controlled through the cycles of the moon, and they bear only female children. But with the unheralded birth of a strange new child — a boy — the harmony of their community is suddenly thrown into jeopardy.

In this fascinating and beguiling novel, Lessing confronts the themes that inspired much of her early writing: how men and women manage to live side by side in the world and how the troublesome particulars of gender affect every aspect of our existence.

Review:

"Doris Lessing is a legend. The author of nearly 50 books, she has earned her reputation as a notable prose stylist and a writer whose work defies categorization. Several of her novels are numbered among the modern classics; she has reputedly been considered for the Nobel Prize in literature.

These facts only make 'The Cleft' more mystifying. Because it is not merely a flawed novel... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"What an amazing book, bringing together as it does Lessing's radicalism, her feminism and her propensity for speculative fiction in a marvelous near-birthday gift from one of the great mothers of the contemporary novel." The Chicago Tribune

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"[A]udacious....[A] mordantly entertaining fable rich in incident, discernment, and reflection." Booklist

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"One of postcolonial fiction's brightest lights makes mythic the battle of the sexes....A dark parable, powerful yet baffling." Kirkus Reviews

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"Lessing comes to no conclusions, but she does tell an interesting tale, one that is both cautionary and consistent with what we all know to be true — we can't live with 'em and we can't live without 'em." The Baltimore Sun

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"Ponderous prose, excessive detail, muddled narrative, and a disturbingly graphic obsession with genitals are among the many failings of The Cleft." Providence Journal

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"The Cleft is not an easy read....But the book's main fantasy provides so much grist for speculation and reflection that it keeps the reader entranced." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Synopsis:

From Doris Lessing, "one of the most important writers of the past hundred years" (Times of London), comes a brilliant, darkly provocative alternative history of humankind's beginnings.

Synopsis:

In this fascinating and beguiling novel, Lessing envisions a mythical society free from sexual intrigue, jealousy, and petty rivalries — essentially, a society free from men. Lessing confronts the troublesome particulars of how gender affects every aspect of peoples existence.

Synopsis:

From Doris Lessing, "one of the most important writers of the past hundred years" (Times of London), comes a brilliant, darkly provocative alternative history of humankinds beginnings.

In the last years of his life, a Roman senator embarks on one final epic endeavor, a retelling of the history of human creation. The story he relates is the little-known saga of the Clefts, an ancient community of women with no knowledge of nor need for men. Childbirth was controlled through the cycles of the moon, and only female offspring were born—until the unanticipated event that jeopardized the harmony of their close-knit society: the strange, unheralded birth of a boy.

About the Author

Doris Lessing was born of 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, stories, reportage, poems, and plays. In 2007, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060834876
Author:
Lessing, Doris
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Author:
Lessing, Doris May
Author:
Lessing, Doris
Author:
by Doris Lessing
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Psychological fiction
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Subject:
Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
February 2008
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.05x5.31x.64 in. .45 lbs.

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"Review" by , "What an amazing book, bringing together as it does Lessing's radicalism, her feminism and her propensity for speculative fiction in a marvelous near-birthday gift from one of the great mothers of the contemporary novel."
"Review" by , "[A]udacious....[A] mordantly entertaining fable rich in incident, discernment, and reflection."
"Review" by , "One of postcolonial fiction's brightest lights makes mythic the battle of the sexes....A dark parable, powerful yet baffling."
"Review" by , "Lessing comes to no conclusions, but she does tell an interesting tale, one that is both cautionary and consistent with what we all know to be true — we can't live with 'em and we can't live without 'em."
"Review" by , "Ponderous prose, excessive detail, muddled narrative, and a disturbingly graphic obsession with genitals are among the many failings of The Cleft."
"Review" by , "The Cleft is not an easy read....But the book's main fantasy provides so much grist for speculation and reflection that it keeps the reader entranced."
"Synopsis" by , From Doris Lessing, "one of the most important writers of the past hundred years" (Times of London), comes a brilliant, darkly provocative alternative history of humankind's beginnings.
"Synopsis" by , In this fascinating and beguiling novel, Lessing envisions a mythical society free from sexual intrigue, jealousy, and petty rivalries — essentially, a society free from men. Lessing confronts the troublesome particulars of how gender affects every aspect of peoples existence.
"Synopsis" by ,

From Doris Lessing, "one of the most important writers of the past hundred years" (Times of London), comes a brilliant, darkly provocative alternative history of humankinds beginnings.

In the last years of his life, a Roman senator embarks on one final epic endeavor, a retelling of the history of human creation. The story he relates is the little-known saga of the Clefts, an ancient community of women with no knowledge of nor need for men. Childbirth was controlled through the cycles of the moon, and only female offspring were born—until the unanticipated event that jeopardized the harmony of their close-knit society: the strange, unheralded birth of a boy.

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