11-21-2007 09:25 AM
I am so glad she got the Nobel prize for literature this year. She has deserved it for many years.
I haven't statrted reading The Cleft yet. I'll read it and join you according to the schedule.
I sometimes wish Doris Lessing had been my mother.
11-26-2007 12:50 PM
Doris Lessing is my favorite author. I have read The Cleft, and I look forward to the discussion, as in many ways this is a controversial though ultimately, I think, straightforward book.
I think it's a good read for men and women alike, Lessing is careful to keep the interactions between the sexes balanced.
I used to be a bookseller at the Santa Rosa B&N store, will be interested to hear the reviews, thoughts, etc..
I'll keep a watch on this topic and chime in from time to time.
11-27-2007 12:46 AM
I've read some of Doris Lessing's work. What I found intriguing about THE CLEFT is that Doris Lessing reverses the traditional biblical version of man's beginnings... that Eve came from Adam's rib.
She creates a myth where humanity started off with only females of the species. Eventually, by an inexplicable shift of nature, males were then eventually born.
I read in a Washington Post article that Lessing said that many readers would absolutely hate this story. I can't wait to hear how everyone responds to THE CLEFT.
"I am a part of everything that I have read."
12-19-2007 01:16 PM