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The author's debut novel, published to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its first publication. From the author of MARA AND DANN, WALKING IN THE SHADE and UNDER MY SKIN.
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‘Original and striking...full of those terrifying touches of truth, seldom mentioned but instantly recognised.’ New Statesman
‘Doris Lessing responds more passionately than most writers to people or situations: often she responds with hate or rancour, but always with passion. In “The Grass is Singing”, you can feel the dynamo-like throb of a formidable talent; by its side, most novels of 1950 look like crochet-work.’ The Times
‘“The Grass is Singing” focuses on the blighted life of a woman whose spirit is destroyed by a disastrous marriage and by an environment to which she couldn’t respond. More than any other white African writer of her generation, Doris Lessing is aware of the seductive cruelty of colonialism, and is one of our strongest, fiercest voices against injustice, racism and sexual hypocrisy.’ Independent on SundayFrom the Back Cover:
Doris Lessing brought the manuscript of 'The Grass is Singing', her classic first novel, with her when she left Southern Rhodesia and came to England in 1950. When it was first published it created an impact whose reverberations we are still feeling, and immediately established itself as a landmark in twentieth-century literature.
Set in Rhodesia, it tells the story of Dick Turner, a failed white farmer and his wife, Mary, a town girl who hates the bush. Trapped by poverty, sapped by the heat of their tiny brick and iron house, Mary, lonely and frightened, turns to Moses, the black cook, for kindness and understanding.
A masterpiece of realism, 'The Grass is Singing' is a superb evocation of Africa's majestic beauty, an intense psychological portrait of lives in confusion and, most of all, a passionate explanation of the ideology of white supremacy.
"Original and striking... full of those terrifying touches of truth, seldom mentioned but instantly recognised."
"Doris Lessing responds more passionately than most writers to people or situations: often she responds with hate or rancour, but always with passion. In 'The Grass is Singing', you can feel the dynamo-like throb of a formidable talent: by its side, most novels of 1950 looked like crochet-work."
"' The Grass is Singing' focuses on the blighted life of a woman whose spirit is destroyed by a disastrous marriage and by an environment to which she couldn't respond. More than any other white African writer of her generation, Doris Lessing is aware of the seductive cruelty of colonialism and is one of our strongest, fiercest voices against injustice, racism and sexual hypocrisy."
FIAMMETTA ROCCO, ' Independent on Sunday'
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Book Description Penguin, Middlesex , England, 1974. Mass Market Paperback. Condition: Good+. Light edgewear and corner wear to cover. Spot of sticker residue on back cover. Pages are slightly toned. Binding and pages secure, text clean and free of markings. ***We ship daily. Our books are carefully described and packaged in boxes (not envelopes). A gift card and personalized message can be included upon request.***. Seller Inventory # 208071
Book Description penguin, 1976. Mass Market Paperback. Condition: Good. light edge wear, rubbing to covers, clean copy. Seller Inventory # 151407
Book Description Paperback. Condition: Fair. A readable copy of the book which may include some defects such as highlighting and notes. Cover and pages may be creased and show discolouration. Seller Inventory # GOR003735037
Book Description Paperback. Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Seller Inventory # GOR001221783
Book Description Paperback. Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Seller Inventory # GOR004902560
Book Description Penguin, 1961. Soft cover. Condition: Good. 1st Edition. A 1st Penguin ed. good- paperback, minor defects on cov. as in image, spine soiled 7 chipped on tail, text good+ with signs of aging. Set in South Africa under white rule, Doris Lessing's first novel is both a riveting chronicle of human disintegration and a beautifully understated social critique. 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 work their slow poison, and Mary's despair progresses until the fateful arrival of an enigmatic and virile black servant, Moses. Locked in anguish, Mary and Moses -- master and slave -- are trapped in a web of mounting attraction and repulsion. Their psychic tension explodes in an electrifying scene that ends this disturbing tale of racial strife in colonial South Africa. The Grass Is Singing blends Lessing's imaginative vision with her own vividly remembered early childhood to recreate the quiet horror of a woman's struggle against a ruthless fate. Seller Inventory # PA3088
Book Description Granada, UK, 1980. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Moderate reading wear. Clean interior. Seller Inventory # 0237664
Book Description Penguin 1974 Paperback, 1974. Condition: Good. 217 pages. Seller Inventory # 1157336
Book Description Penguin Books - Michael Joseph, 1977. Couverture souple. Condition: bon. RO60119830: 1977. In-12. Broché. Etat d'usage, Tâchée, Dos fané, Mouillures. 217 pages. Dos plié. . . . Classification Dewey : 420-Langue anglaise. Anglo-saxon. Seller Inventory # RO60119830
Book Description Penguin Books, 1977. Paperback. Condition: good. Synopsis:-This is a vintage edition and will be subject to the effects of aging >>Set in Rhodesia, this is the story of Dick, a failed white farmer and his wife, Mary, dependent and disappointed. Both are trapped by poverty, and in the heat of the brick and tin house, hemmed in by the bush, Mary finds herself seeking solace in the arms of the houseboy. --> Genre: Literary Fiction Literary Works-> this Paperback book the publishing house is Penguin Books in 1977 it has 218 pages booksalvation have grade it as good and Has A Few Scuffs Marks Etc it will be shipped from our UK warehouse shipping is Free for UK buyers and at a reasonable charge for buyer outside the UK. book. Seller Inventory # 9780140015256AS8061