The Real Thing: Stories And Sketches

Paperback | June 16, 1993

byDoris Lessing

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The stories and sketches in this collection penetrate to the heart of human experience with the passion and intelligence readers have come to expect of Doris Lessing. Most of the piece are set in contemporary London, a city the author loves for its variety, its diversity, its transitoriness, the way it connects the life of animals and birds in the parks to the streets. Lessing's fiction also explores the darker corners of relationships between women and men, as in the rich and emotionally complex title story, in which she uncovers a more parlous reality behind the facade of the most conventional relationship between the sexes.

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Lessing's collection of keenly observed stories and sketches affirms that she is one of the most penetrating and masterful storytellers of our time. Revealing complexities behind the most conventional relationships, Lessing once again "proves herself an adept and moving chronicler of contemporary life" (Miami Herald).

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The stories and sketches in this collection penetrate to the heart of human experience with the passion and intelligence readers have come to expect of Doris Lessing. Most of the piece are set in contemporary London, a city the author loves for its variety, its diversity, its transitoriness, the way it connects the life of animals and...

Doris Lessing was born Doris May Taylor in Persia (now Iran) on October 22, 1919. Both of her parents were British: Her father, who had been crippled in World War I, was a clerk in the Imperial Bank of Persia; her mother had been a nurse. In 1925, lured by the promise of getting rich through maize farming, the family moved to the Bri...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.5 inPublished:June 16, 1993Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0060924179

ISBN - 13:9780060924171

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From Our Editors

Lessing's collection of keenly observed stories and sketches affirms that she is one of the most penetrating and masterful storytellers of our time. Revealing complexities behind the most conventional relationships, Lessing once again "proves herself an adept and moving chronicler of contemporary life" (Miami Herald).

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"[The Real Thing] showcases the uncompromising realism that first won Doris Lessing fame...A real treat for Lessing Fans." (Wendy Smith, Cleveland Plain Dealer)