The Grass Is Singing: A Novel by Doris LessingThe Grass Is Singing: A Novel by Doris Lessing

The Grass Is Singing: A Novel

byDoris Lessing

Paperback | September 16, 2008

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Set in Southern Rhodesia under white rule, Doris Lessing's first novel is at once a riveting chronicle of human disintegration, a beautifully understated social critique, and a brilliant depiction of the quiet horror of one woman's struggleagainst a ruthless fate.

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 works its slow poison. Mary's despair progresses until the fateful arrival of Moses, an enigmatic, virile black servant. Locked in anguish, Mary and Moses—master and slave—are trapped in a web of mounting attraction and repulsion, until their psychic tension explodes with devastating consequences.

Winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature, Doris Lessing was one of the most celebrated and distinguished writers of our time, the recipient of a host of international awards. She wrote more than thirty books—among them the novelsMartha Quest,The Golden Notebook, andThe Fifth Child. She died in 2013.
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Title:The Grass Is Singing: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.61 inPublished:September 16, 2008Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061673749

ISBN - 13:9780061673740

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliantly Written This is Doris Lessing's first novel and I would have to say it is my favourite of all the ones I have read so far. Doris Lessing's life is fascinating, a woman before her time who lived "outside the box". She is regarded to be "among the most important writers of the postwar era." This is the story of Mary, content to live independently until gossip about why Mary is not following the prescribed life for a woman reaches her ears. As a result, she marries Dick Turner, a solitary farmer whose first love is the land no matter how unsuccessful he is. Mary and Dick live in isolation resulting in the slow painful death of Mary both figuratively and in actual fact.
Date published: 2018-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brilliant in its subtlety This novel is a masterful piece of writing which explores many important issues such as Colonialism in Africa of the 1940s, mental illness(depression), women's oppression, racial oppression, oppression of poverty, etc. It's a novel with beautiful and rich prose which perfectly captures the disintegration of three separate and different individuals and how their relationship ties lead to tragedy. There are so many different layers to this novel and it's amazing that Lessing was only 25 years old when she wrote it and that she had no formal education. A rightful modern classic. 4.5 stars!
Date published: 2018-04-11