In the first half of this book, Doris Lessing imagines the lives her parents might have made for themselves had there been no war at all. This is followed by a piercing examination of their lives as they actually came to be in the shadow of that war and their move to Rhodesia.
©2008 Doris Lessing; (P)2009 Isis Publishing Ltd
"This difference in style between the two halves intensifies the contrast between the lives that might have been, and the sad reality." (Independent)
"Lessing's vivid, ambivalent memories of what is now Zimbabwe are fascinating." (Evening Standard)
"Powerful...it is fascinating." (The Times)
"Very different, but that makes for a surprising!"
This was a book that I could put down, but I didn't and I am glad I didn't. It was a brave idea to write about her parents in this way. Sometimes it was hard to decide, fact or fiction, but I think that this was intentional.There was quite a lot of social history around the tale.Would YOU enjoy it? Try it and see. The reading was clear.
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