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Doris Lessing (1919–2013)

Autor(a) de The Golden Notebook

310+ Works 33,522 Membros 687 Críticas 127 Favorited

About the Author

Doris Lessing was born in Kermanshah, Persia (later Iran) on October 22, 1919 and grew up in Rhodesia (the present-day Zimbabwe). During her two marriages, she submitted short fiction and poetry for publication. After moving to London in 1949, she published her first novel, The Grass Is Singing, in mostrar mais 1950. She is best known for her 1954 Somerset Maugham Award-winning experimental novel The Golden Notebook. Her other works include This Was the Old Chief's Country, the Children of Violence series, the Canopus in Argos - Archives series, and Alfred and Emily. She has received numerous awards for her work including the 2001 Prince of Asturias Prize in Literature, the David Cohen British Literature Prize, and the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature. She died on November 17, 2013 at the age of 94. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

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Obras por Doris Lessing

The Golden Notebook (1962) 5,356 exemplares
The Fifth Child (1988) 2,369 exemplares
The Grass Is Singing (1950) 2,184 exemplares
Re: Colonised Planet 5, Shikasta (1979) 1,316 exemplares
The Good Terrorist (1985) 1,235 exemplares
The Memoirs of a Survivor (1974) 1,172 exemplares
Martha Quest (1952) 1,046 exemplares
The Summer Before The Dark (1973) 1,039 exemplares
Briefing for a Descent into Hell (1971) 931 exemplares
The Cleft (2007) 734 exemplares
A Proper Marriage (1954) 705 exemplares
The Four-Gated City (1969) 682 exemplares
Love, Again (1995) 672 exemplares
The Sweetest Dream (2001) 625 exemplares
Mara and Dann (1999) 595 exemplares
The Diaries of Jane Somers (1983) 540 exemplares
A Ripple from the Storm (1958) 496 exemplares
Landlocked (1965) 469 exemplares
Alfred and Emily (2008) 446 exemplares
Prisons We Choose to Live Inside (1987) 421 exemplares
Ben, in the World (2000) 421 exemplares
Stories (1978) 360 exemplares
Particularly Cats (1967) 335 exemplares
African Stories (1964) 297 exemplares
On Cats (2002) 287 exemplares
The Habit of Loving (1957) 254 exemplares
A Man and Two Women (1963) 244 exemplares
Time Bites: Views and Reviews (2004) 237 exemplares
In Pursuit of the English (1960) 226 exemplares
Going Home (1957) 174 exemplares
To Room Nineteen (1953) 153 exemplares
Canopus in Argos: Archives (1979) 147 exemplares
Five (1953) 140 exemplares
The Black Madonna (1964) 108 exemplares
Winter in July (1951) 96 exemplares
Ecclesiastes (Pocket Canon) (1998) — Introdução, algumas edições85 exemplares
If the Old Could (1984) 84 exemplares
A Small Personal Voice (1994) 82 exemplares
The Diary of a Good neighbour (1983) 80 exemplares
The Doris Lessing Reader (1988) 74 exemplares
Adore: A Novella (P.S.) (2013) 60 exemplares
Particularly Cats ... And Rufus (1993) 57 exemplares
Children of Violence: Books 1-5 (1966) 42 exemplares
The Golden Notebook, book 1 (1962) 39 exemplares
The Old Age of El Magnifico (2000) 37 exemplares
The Golden Notebook, book 2 (1975) 37 exemplares
The Other Woman (1953) 34 exemplares
The Pit (1996) 28 exemplares
Through the Tunnel (1955) 23 exemplares
New English Dramatists 1 (1959) 22 exemplares
Putting the Questions Differently (1996) 20 exemplares
Honger (1953) 17 exemplares
Retreat to innocence (1956) 17 exemplares
Recitatif / To Room Nineteen (2010) 16 exemplares
Playing the Game (1995) 16 exemplares
Play with a Tiger (1962) 15 exemplares
Children of Violence: Books 1-2 (1964) 15 exemplares
Victoria et les Staveney (2010) 13 exemplares
An Old Woman and Her Cat (1972) 13 exemplares
Modern Short Stories 2: 1940-1980 (1982) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
21 noveller (1986) 11 exemplares
Eldorado (1953) 11 exemplares
Filles impertinentes (2014) 11 exemplares
The Day Stalin Died (1957) 10 exemplares
Das Leben meiner Mutter (1988) 10 exemplares
Gatos ilustres (Spanish Edition) (2014) 10 exemplares
Pleasure (1957) 9 exemplares
Adoration [2013 film] (2013) — Original book — 8 exemplares
On Not Winning the Nobel Prize (2008) 8 exemplares
Äkta vara : noveller (1991) 8 exemplares
How I Finally Lost My Heart (1953) 7 exemplares
Children of Violence: Books 3-4 (1966) 7 exemplares
Tangled Web (2007) 7 exemplares
Kedilere Dair (2017) 7 exemplares
19 noveller (1975) 7 exemplares
Berättelsen om två hundar (1953) 5 exemplares
Al final de la tormenta (1980) 5 exemplares
La costumbre de amar (1900) 5 exemplares
The Old Chief Mshlanga (1951) 5 exemplares
Den femte sanningen. D. 1 (1975) 5 exemplares
Heyne Jahresband 1994 (1994) 4 exemplares
Between Men (1953) 4 exemplares
El último verano de Mrs. Brown (1974) 4 exemplares
Złoty notes (2009) 4 exemplares
Bericht Uber Die Bedrohte Stadt (1991) 4 exemplares
Històries de Londres (1996) 4 exemplares
Anilar (2014) 4 exemplares
Essential Doris Lessing (2007) 4 exemplares
Gene Aşk (1997) 4 exemplares
De nuevo, el amor (2008) 3 exemplares
Doris Lessing 3 exemplares
Vanaemad LRK 38/2012 3 exemplares
Three Stories (1963) 3 exemplares
Our Friend Judith (1953) 3 exemplares
Il senso della memoria (2006) 3 exemplares
Buyukanneler (2008) 3 exemplares
Si la vejez pudiera (1988) 3 exemplares
Report on the threatened city (2013) 2 exemplares
A home for the Highland cattle (1953) 2 exemplares
Passerotti (2010) 2 exemplares
Der Ameisenhügel (2012) 2 exemplares
On Dokuz Numarali Oda (2015) 2 exemplares
Den femte sanningen. D. 2 (1975) 2 exemplares
Dintre meu (1997) 2 exemplares
Povestiri africane (2008) 2 exemplares
Tra donne 2 exemplares
quinto hijo el-bol (2013) 2 exemplares
Belarra kantari (2008) 2 exemplares
Cerco de tierra 2 exemplares
Avgrunnen : og andre noveller (1992) 2 exemplares
Mrs. Fortescue (1972) 2 exemplares
One of the Short List (1953) 2 exemplares
O verão antes da queda (1997) 2 exemplares
Le temps mord (French Edition) (2011) 2 exemplares
Each Other [short fiction] (1953) 2 exemplares
Gräset sjunger 1 exemplar
Tráva zpívá 1 exemplar
Veðraþytur 1 exemplar
Francois Mauriac 1 exemplar
Sem título 1 exemplar
ME E EMBLA ENDERR 1 exemplar
Liebesgeschichten (1992) 1 exemplar
Londonske skice (2009) 1 exemplar
Karleksbarnet 1 exemplar
A posebno, macke (2007) 1 exemplar
Kærlighedens teater (1999) 1 exemplar
SERISH DASHURI 1 exemplar
ALTIN DEFTER (2015) 1 exemplar
O Caderno Dourado (2009) 1 exemplar
Lähimmäinen (1987) 1 exemplar
Ljeto prije sutona 1 exemplar
The Nuisance [short fiction] (1951) 1 exemplar
Eldorada [short fiction] (1953) 1 exemplar
Little Tembi [short fiction] (1951) 1 exemplar
The New Man [short fiction] (1963) 1 exemplar
The Pig [short fiction] (1964) 1 exemplar
Flight [short fiction] (1957) 1 exemplar
Lucy Grange [short fiction] (1957) 1 exemplar
The Woman [short fiction] (1957) 1 exemplar
Wine [short fiction] (1957) 1 exemplar
He [short fiction] (1957) 1 exemplar
Two Potters [short fiction] (1953) 1 exemplar
A Room [short fiction] (1953) 1 exemplar
Dialogue [short fiction] (1953) 1 exemplar
Innestengt (1982) 1 exemplar
Kjighetens teater : roman (1996) 1 exemplar
Tage am Strand (2014) 1 exemplar
Cehenneme Inis Talimatnamesi (2020) 1 exemplar
Tage am Strand Erzählung (2013) 1 exemplar
Traitors [short fiction] (1964) 1 exemplar
In pursuit of love 1 exemplar
EL QUINTO HIJO (2000) 1 exemplar
Prediker (1999) 1 exemplar
Mitra 1 exemplar
A love child 1 exemplar
The reason for it 1 exemplar
Jane Somers (1992) 1 exemplar

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The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English (1988) — Prefácio, algumas edições475 exemplares
The World of the Short Story: A 20th Century Collection (1986) — Contribuidor — 459 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Modern British Short Stories (1989) — Contribuidor — 427 exemplares
Women & Fiction: Short Stories By and About Women (1975) — Contribuidor — 364 exemplares
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Granta 65: London (1999) — Contribuidor — 222 exemplares
Granta 77: What We Think of America (2002) — Contribuidor — 217 exemplares
Sudden Fiction International: Sixty Short-Short Stories (1989) — Contribuidor — 212 exemplares
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This Is My Best: Great Writers Share Their Favorite Work (2004) — Contribuidor — 159 exemplares
Granta 90: Country Life (2005) — Contribuidor — 159 exemplares
Granta 58: Ambition (1997) — Contribuidor — 144 exemplares
The Norton Book of Personal Essays (1997) — Contribuidor — 142 exemplares
Stories of the Sea (2010) — Contribuidor — 138 exemplares
The Playboy Book of Science Fiction (1998) — Contribuidor — 130 exemplares
Granta 22: With Your Tongue Down My Throat (1987) — Contribuidor — 129 exemplares
Mistresses of the Dark [Anthology] (1998) — Contribuidor — 121 exemplares
Somehow Tenderness Survives: Stories of Southern Africa (1988) — Contribuidor — 121 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Women's Humour (1996) — Contribuidor — 117 exemplares
The Gates of Paradise (1993) — Contribuidor — 114 exemplares
Norton Introduction to the Short Novel (1982) — Contribuidor, algumas edições98 exemplares
Cat Stories (Everyman's Pocket Classics) (2011) — Contribuidor — 93 exemplares
Kalila and Dimna: Selected Fables of Bidpai (1980) — Introdução, algumas edições88 exemplares
The Granta Book of the Family (1995) — Contribuidor — 88 exemplares
The Treasury of English Short Stories (1985) — Contribuidor — 84 exemplares
Adventure Stories (1988) — Contribuidor — 81 exemplares
Granta 17: While Waiting for a War (1985) — Contribuidor — 80 exemplares
Unwinding Threads: Writing by Women in Africa (1983) — Contribuidor — 74 exemplares
Granta 14: Autobiography (1984) — Contribuidor — 71 exemplares
Granta 13: After the Revolution (1984) — Contribuidor — 54 exemplares
The Picador Book of Journeys (2001) — Contribuidor — 53 exemplares
The Literary Lover: Great Stories of Passion and Romance (1993) — Contribuidor — 50 exemplares
The Essential Cat (1985) — Prefácio, algumas edições50 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Southern African Stories (1985) — Contribuidor — 49 exemplares
The Tale of the Four Dervishes and Other Sufi Tales (1976) — Introdução, algumas edições37 exemplares
The Secret Self: A Century of Short Stories by Women (1995) — Contribuidor — 33 exemplares
Partisan Review (1998) — Contribuidor, algumas edições33 exemplares
Beach : Stories by the Sand and Sea (2000) — Contribuidor — 32 exemplares
Heavy Weather: Tempestuous Tales of Stranger Climes (2021) — Contribuidor — 29 exemplares
Plays of the 60s: v. 1 (Piper) (1966) — Contribuidor — 26 exemplares
La Bible (1990) — Prefácio — 25 exemplares
Dusky Ruth and Other Stories (1974) — Introdução — 22 exemplares
Studies in Fiction (1965) — Contribuidor — 22 exemplares
AQA Anthology (2002) — Autor, algumas edições19 exemplares
Love Stories (1975) — Contribuidor — 18 exemplares
An African Quilt: 24 Modern African Stories (2012) — Contribuidor — 17 exemplares
Good Housekeeping Short Story Collection (1997) — Contribuidor — 15 exemplares
Women Writing: An Anthology (1979) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
Virtually Now: Stories of Science, Technology, and the Future (1996) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
Favorite Animal Stories (1987) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Inside Stories I (1987) — Contribuidor — 10 exemplares
Mooi verhaal ... : een verrassende bundel zomerse verhalen (1996) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Short Stories: The Thoroughly Modern Collection (2008) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Goed verteld : een verrassende bundel internationale verhalen (1994) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Modern Short Stories in English (Literature for Life) (1993) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
Zärtliche Blüten der Lust: Erotische Erzählungen. (1993) — Autor — 2 exemplares
Enjoying Stories (1987) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
After the Fair and Other Stories (1986) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Even op verhaal komen — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar

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Membros

Discussions

Doris Lessing em Legacy Libraries (Fevereiro 2017)
BRITISH AUTHOR CHALLENGE - SEPTEMBER 2016 - LESSING & LEE em 75 Books Challenge for 2016 (Dezembro 2016)
Doris Lessing (1919–2013) em Science Fiction Fans (Novembro 2013)
1001 Group Read-July, 2012: The Golden Notebook em 1001 Books to read before you die (Fevereiro 2013)

Críticas

The Golden Notebook is the final book on this iteration of my reading list and–unfortunately–was not a case of saving the best for last. It landed on my list as part of TIME magazine's All-TIME 100 as A Book With A Color In Its Title; in hindsight, I would reclassify it as A Book At The Bottom Of Your To-Read List.

Doris Lessing's novel is structurally complex, consisting of six parts, each of which (save one) begins with the continuing story of Anna Wulf, a divorced novelist raising her pre-teen daughter in London, and her friend Molly Jacobs, a divorced actress raising her twenty-year-old son. Within these parts are the contents of four colored notebooks (black, red, yellow, blue), Anna's memoir, political ramblings, fictional musings and diary, respectively. Further complicating the reader's comprehension is the backward revelation of much of Anna's story, where the notebooks reveal fictionalized events in her life prior to Anna as narrator disclosing their "real" counterparts. Add to this the climax of the novel—the simultaneous mental breakdowns of fictional-Anna and her Sybil-like male flat mate, and you have a confused collection of stories about a promiscuous former communist living an intellectually vacuous life off the royalties of her one and only novel.

While this schizophrenic structure is probably intended to give the reader the feeling of sharing Anna's breakdown, I found it numbingly over-complicated. Tellingly, Lessing often felt her first-person narrator needed to identify herself by name (e.g. "I, Anna...") so the reader could distinguish between Anna's "real" and fictive narration. The scenes at the beginning of each part are mostly dialogue paired with intrusive adverbs ("he said angrily") using an anonymous narration, no character point-of-view that often doesn't provide sufficient information to understand why particular statements are made. While the novel also suffers repetitive dream sequences and abstruse conversations between Anna and her psychoanalyst, my main objection is that Anna is simply an unlikeable character whose convictions vacillate in reaction to every sentence spoken to her. Compounding my dislike is her annoying role as analytical observer, criticizing others with a false sophistication when she herself is so flawed.

My copy of The Golden Notebook is 623 pages long; on page 565, Anna finally admits she's had writer's block since her highly successful debut novel. To me, this novel reads like Lessing suffered the same problem and has just stitched together several discordant attempts at a novel similar to Anna's efforts in the fictive story.
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skavlanj | 91 outras críticas | Jan 14, 2024 |
 
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arthurjc | Jan 3, 2024 |
3.5 stars because of its originality but this is really hard to read and understand. Even now having read the book, I am not sure if I grasped its meaning.
½
 
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siok | 91 outras críticas | Nov 26, 2023 |
i live in zimbabwe born and bred here 70 years ago
doris's observations of the first half of her autobiography are before my time but tie up with the stories of my parents
so refreshing to read them from the horse's mouth
so honest
almost painfully honest
thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it
i will take a breather before tackling the second part
 
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nankuo | 12 outras críticas | Nov 17, 2023 |

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Estatísticas

Obras
310
Also by
76
Membros
33,522
Popularidade
#575
Avaliação
4.2
Críticas
687
ISBN
1,597
Línguas
30
Marcado como favorito
127

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