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The Grass Is Singing: A Novel (Perennial Classics) (original 1950; edition 2000)

by Doris Lessing

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Title:The Grass Is Singing: A Novel (Perennial Classics)
Authors:Doris Lessing
Info:Harper Perennial Modern Classics (2000), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 256 pages
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Tags:1001, Nobel, Debut, Rhodesia

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The Grass is Singing by Doris Lessing (1950)

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  Phyllis.Mann | Jul 13, 2015 |
The Grass is Singing by Doris Lessing
A happily single and social woman of thirty succumbs to both the real and mostly imagined pressures of society to get married. Her subsequent marriage to a farmer is the beginning of a deterioration that ends with a corpse buzzing with flies on a veranda. This is Doris Lessing's first novel.
Recommended by Geo, August 2005
  dawsong | Jun 12, 2015 |
Parmis les livres les plus horribles qu'il m'ait été donné à lire : un mélange entre Mein Kampf and Madame Bovary... La métaphore la plus juste pour parler de ce livre serait : "c'est une épée de Charlemagne, c'est long, froid, et mortel (d'ennuie)
  remy-valero | May 1, 2014 |
Good exploration of the white characters and their motivations. Despite its obvious liberalism it was weak on the motivations of the Africans. ( )
  jerhogan | Apr 8, 2014 |
I wasn't as taken with this book as many others were and seem to have had a different experience of the story. Most readers seem to focus on the race relations and that is indeed perhaps most of the story. It is an excellent description of the horror and ambiguity of racial hatred and the enslavement of others. Lessing is able to express these ideas, both the overt and the covert very well, no doubt due to her life experience. My perspective was more focused on Mary, the lead character, as being raised in a neglectful, if not abusive home, by an emotionally absent mother and an alcoholic father. I'm not sure Mary ever had a chance at any normal intimate relationship aside from the fact of her other circumstances. I found the atmosphere to be rather flat actually, and depressed, but perhaps that was the point. Three stars. ( )
  mkboylan | Feb 28, 2014 |
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Hökby, BertilTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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It is by the failures and misfits of a
civilization that one can best judge its
-- Author unknown
In this decayed hole among the mountains
In the faint moonlight, the grass is singing
Over the tumbled graves, about the chapel
There is the empty chapel, only the wind's home.
It has no windows, and the door swings,
Dry bones can harm no one.
Only a cock stood on the rooftree
Co co rico, co co rico
In a flash of lightning. Then a damp gust
Bringing rain

Ganga was sunken, and the limp leaves
Waited for rain, while the black clouds
Gathered far distant, over Himavant.
The jungle crouched, humped in silence.
Then spoke the thunder

-- from The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot
with grateful acknowledgements to the
author and to Messrs Faber & Faber
of Southern Rhodesia
for whom I feel the greatest
affection and admiration
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Mary Turner, wife of Richard Turner, a farmer at Ngesi, was found murdered on the front verandah of their homestead yesterday morning.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061673749, Paperback)

Set in Southern Rhodesia under white rule, Doris Lessing's first novel is at once a riveting chronicle of human disintegration, a beautifully understated social critique, and a brilliant depiction of the quiet horror of one woman's struggleagainst a ruthless fate.

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 works its slow poison. Mary's despair progresses until the fateful arrival of Moses, an enigmatic, virile black servant. Locked in anguish, Mary and Moses—master and slave—are trapped in a web of mounting attraction and repulsion, until their psychic tension explodes with devastating consequences.

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Set in South Africa under white rule, [this book is] both a ... chronicle of human disintegration and an ... 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.... Mary and Moses - master and slave - are trapped in a web of mounting attraction and repulsion. -Back cover.… (more)

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