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The Golden Notebook e-book


Doris Lessing





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Bantam Books (1977)



The Golden Notebook e-book

by Doris Lessing

With an introduction by the author. Just as I believed that in a book called The Golden Notebook the inner section called the Golden Notebook might be presumed to be a central point, to carry the weight of the thing, to make a statement.

With an introduction by the author. But no. Other themes went into the making of this book, which was a crucial time for me: thoughts and themes I had been holding in my mind for years came together.

The Golden Notebook is Doris Lessing’s most important work and has left its mark upon the ideas and feelings of a whole .

The Golden Notebook is Doris Lessing’s most important work and has left its mark upon the ideas and feelings of a whole generation of women. Usually considered the best novel written by 2007 Nobel Prize awardee for literature, Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook has made the lists of 100 best novels of all time. One of the main reasons I think is it was inventive, for its time. It's written as if it consists of two parallel stories.

Willi had not asked any of us if we were free to spend the weekend in Mashopi, but it seemed a good idea. We drove back through the now chilly moonlight, the mist lying cold and white along the valleys, and it was very late and we were all rather tight. Jimmy was unconscious.

The Golden Notebook is a 1962 novel by Doris Lessing

The Golden Notebook is a 1962 novel by Doris Lessing. It, like the two books that followed it, enters the realm of what Margaret Drabble in The Oxford Companion to English Literature called Lessing's "inner space fiction"; her work that explores mental and societal breakdown.

Four generations of writers – Diana Athill, Margaret Drabble, Rachel Cusk and Natalie Hanman – reflect on what it means to them.

The Golden Notebook book. This book has carried a heavy load as one of the major pieces of feminist literature. Doris Lessing in 1962 was exploring concepts of what women should be striving for just as a growing number of women were starting to reject the idea that they had to fulfill the male version of what it means to be female. They may have lost their way in the 1980s with the big shoulder pads. I was so glad when women quit dressing like offensive linemen.

In the inner Golden Notebook, things have come together, the divisions have broken down, there is formlessness with the end of fragmentation - the triumph of the second theme, which is that of unity. Anna and Saul Green the American ‘break down’. They are crazy, lunatic, mad - what you will. They ‘break down’ into each other, into other people, break through the false patterns they have made of their pasts, the patterns and formulas they have made to shore up themselves and each other, dissolve. They hear each other’s thoughts, recognize each other in themselves.

Doris Lessing's best-known and most influential novel, The Golden Notebook retains its extraordinary power and relevance decades after its initial publication. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing, about women's independence, influenced many feminists in the 1960s . The Golden Notebook tells the story of Anna Wulf and her four notebooks of different colors that narrate aspects of her life.

The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing, about women's independence, influenced many feminists in the 1960s, though she denied it was a feminist novel. The notebook of the title is a fifth, gold-colored notebook in which Anna's sanity is questioned as she weaves together the other four notebooks. Anna's dreams and diary entries appear throughout the novel. Postmodern Structure.

The Golden Notebook is Lessing's most well known of her works and with good reason. It is an incredibly complex and layered work that addresses such ideas as authorship of one's life, the political climate of the 60s and the power relation between the sexes. It would be naïve to consider this novel as just a feminist polemic. I know many people have read it only this way or not read it because they assume it is only this. Lessing articulates this point well in her introduction. The novel inhabits many worlds of thought. It just so happens that at the time of its publication it was a very poignant work for feminism. More than any book I know it has the deepest and longest meditation on what it means to split your identity into categories because you can not conceive of yourself as whole in the present climate of society and in viewing your own interactions with people. This obsession with constructing a comprehensive sense of identity leads to an infinite fictionalisation of the protagonist's life. Consider the following passage "I looked at her, and thought: That's my child, my flesh and blood. But I couldn't feel it. She said again: `Play, mummy.' I moved wooden bricks for a house, but like a machine. Making myself perform every movement. I could see myself sitting on the floor, the picture of a `young mother playing with her little girl.' Like a film shot, or a photograph." She can't attach her own vision of herself to the reality of her life. The two are separated by the ideologies of society which influence her own vision of who she should be.
This novel also captures the political climate of the era, a state of post-war disillusionment with the available models political ideology. They recognise the need for some kind of change, but are unable to envision a model that will work. Opinion is split into infinite personal categories of what government should become. Unfortunately, for all these good things which this novel intelligently discusses, it also has its own shortcomings that the reader should be aware of. Its representation of homosexuality is very limited. It has the unfortunate tendency to envision homosexuality as an idea of being rather than an actual state of being. No doubt, this was influenced at the time it was written by the meaning of being `a gay' as being strongly attached to one's political position. The state of being a homosexual is inextricably attached to the misogynist vision of what femininity should be when it is actually something a bit more complex than that. Though Lessing is able to see through many misconceptions of her era such as the hypocritical actions of people who claimed to be fighting against racism while reinforcing racial divisions, the novel falls a bit short in other areas. Nevertheless, this doesn't prevent it from being a very powerful and enjoyable novel to read.
Usually considered the best novel written by 2007 Nobel Prize awardee for literature, Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook has made the lists of 100 best novels of all time . One of the main reasons I think is it was inventive, for its time. It's written as if it consists of two parallel stories. Every part consists of a standard narrative showing life as it unfolds for two "Free Women" (indeed, this section can be read as a standalone piece) as well as the contents of a notebook filled with the thoughts of the main protagonist. This notebook goes into her innermost thoughts and chronicles the facets and changes in her psyche.

The novel has often been touted as a seminal piece in the feminist movement, foreshadowing its basic tenets. But Lessing insisted in a preface for a later edition that she was more concerned about the fragmentation in the heroine's psyche. This was, in fact, what I picked up from my reading of the novel. More than 50 years later, the women's insistence on their being free sounded like old hat to me.
I read this for a classics book club. The style presented a huge challenge. Tracking story and characters was confusing, a novel and journals within a novel. I didn't trust my perceptions and turned to literary criticism for help. Much has been written about this as a feminist treatise, but I disagree, as does the author herself. I did arrive at the realization that I have become a lazy reader because I had to work getting through this novel. That said, exhausted as I was, I am glad I persevered. Lessing is a thinker, introspective and definitely not a lazy writer.
A lot of info about the post war(WWII) European life of those middle class people involved in politics. Lots of discussions about politics of the time,
attraction, sex, parenthood, friendships, jealousy, ambition. All the topics that Nora Ephron learned from as she was growing up. Valuable lessons; I'd have loved to read this book as an young teenager. Now, as an older woman, I've heard it all.
Doris Lessing, an 'old red', presents her observations on capitalism, gender, racism, and class dynamics. Presented here in a 'fictional' story, this book's modern, non-linear progression challenged literary norms of its day and is as relevant as ever. She was way ahead of her time.
A classic in its time. Read it now if you want to understand what people were thinking and feeling in the 1960s. I just downloaded it on kindle to read it again, decades after I first read it. If you are in your 20s, you will see yourself in many of the emotional decisions over love, destiny, children and finding a sense of purpose in life. Clearly this Nobelist found hers, but she did us all a favor by giving us a good look at the messy journey she took to achieve her life.
I remember reading this years ago and decided to purchase a copy for my hard copy library. The book stood up to the test of time. As I remembered, the novel is filled with stories within stories, but not distracting. Gorgeous writing, well worth the investment in time and money.
It's brilliant talking about relationships, there's a lot to be learned from this. Considering this was written in the late 50s Lesser's candidness in writing about intimacy must have been very empowering for women at the time.

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