This first part of Doris Lessing's autobiography covers her African childhood and youth, her involvement in communist politics, and her departure for England and a new life. It is a self-portrait of a woman who lived through "an extraordinary time, the end of the British Empire in Africa". Being lifted high up onto her father's horse, watching ostriches high-stepping over the empty distances of the Cape, travelling in ox carts to the new African farm with trunks full of Liberty material and English silver - so begins Doris Lessing's childhood. Born in 1919, into the aftermath of World War I, Doris Lessing was the daughter of middle-class English parents lured by the false promises of the Empire Exhibition to seek their fortune in African farming. For her parents, life in dry, dusty Africa never fulfilled its expectations, but for Doris Lessing, her early life in Southern Rhodesia, with its contradictions and complexities, proved to be fundamental to her evolution as a writer. Readers are taken through her childhood and early youth on the farm, first marriage, the rapturous births of her children, the abandonment of her family to gain independence and a political life, and her second marriage to Gottfried Lessing, an authoritarian, rigorous communist. The book ends as she loses hope of ever changing Africa, and prepares to leave for England with the manuscript of her first novel, "The Grass is Springing" - the key to a new life.
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Under My Skin Volume One of my Autobiography, To 1949Review:
"Reminds us of what an autobiography can do in the hands of a master.""-- Washington Post Book World""Extraordinary...Eloquent...Mrs. Lessing recounts this passage in her life with complex candor...[and] with the vividness of a fine novelist."-- "New York Times Book Review""Compelling reading...Readers familiar with Doris Lessing's work will savor her self-revelations in "Under My Skin" flavored with her characteristic wry tone."-- "Chicago Tribune Books""Lessing summons the girl from half a century ago with such freshness and immediacy that she seems alive today."-- "Ms." magazine"Absorbing...Arouses our cheers and sympathy...Her work is cathartic and exhilarating."-- "Cleveland Plain Dealer""One of the 20th century's most important and influential novelist here presents a memoir as probing, unsparing and darkly funny as her fiction."-- "Publishers Weekly," starred review
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Book Description HarperCollinsPublishers, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 000255545X