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Doris Lessing's "The Golden Notebook"

"Anna is a writer, author of one very successful novel, who now keeps four notebooks. In one, with a black cover, she reviews the African experience of her earlier years. In a red one she records her political life, her disillusionment with communism. In a yellow one she writes a novel in which the heroine relives part of her own experience. And in a blue one she keeps a personal diary. Finally, in love with an American writer and threatened with insanity, Anna resolves to bring the threads of all four books together in a golden notebook.

Doris Lessing's best-known and most influential novel, The Golden Notebook retains its extraordinary power and relevance decades after its initial publication."

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  • John

    In scope and ambition Lessing's novel reminded me of Musil's Man Without Qualities. In this novel, the struggling author/heroine Anna attempts to integrate the personal with the political, the aesthetic with the economic, and slowly descends into madness. Like Bertolt Brecht, Lessing exposes both the artifice of art and the hypocrisy of society. I enjoyed our group's discussion.

    November 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Complex. Every reader had a slightly different focus and expressed interesting conclusions. It's a read, though, that can be a bit of a slog.

    November 1, 2012

  • Denis K.

    Interesting Litquake event ("How Fiction Shapes Us")http://litquake.org/calendar-of-events/philosophy-talk-live

    And article relating to one of the speakers (benefits of reading fiction) http://news.stanford.edu/news/2012/july/fiction-boost-brain-070312.html. I agree with most of what is said, but I think undervalues the moral component of reading fiction, i.e., considering complexity is a key component of developing morality.
    Denis Klavdianos.

    October 9, 2012

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