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Stories by Doris Lessing
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Stories

by Doris Lessing

Other authors: Margaret Drabble (Introduction)

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Dorris Lessing was at her best as a short story writer. This anthology has all 35 of her short stories, except early Africa ones. ( )
  atufft | Jul 4, 2019 |
This is a collection of all Lessing's short fiction up to 1978, excluding those with an African setting. As a Lessing fan, I continue to be interested in everything she writes, yet her published work is very uneven, particularly with regard to stories and essays. Some of these pieces are short descriptions of the sort one might find in a journal or perhaps the fruit of writing exercises similar to the thirty-minute dailies recommended by Natalie Goldberg. "The Temptation of Jack Orkney" was as sharp a piece of observation as one will find, even among Lessing's other finest writing, and her scenarios of heterosexual lust, with particular attention to love triangles ("The Other Woman" and "A Man and Two Women"), is so acutely and painfully accurate that readers re-live the experience (even if they never had it). There are perhaps a half dozen stories that demand to be read, yet despite the fine writing and keen observation to be found here and there in this collection, my favorite Lessing story remains "The Black Madonna." ( )
  bookcrazed | Jan 11, 2012 |
wonderful stories by one of Britain's best authors ( )
  bhowell | Mar 21, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0394742494, Paperback)

This major collection contains all of Doris Lessing’s short fiction, other than the stories set in Africa, from the beginning of her career until now. Set in London, Paris, the south of France, the English countryside, these thirty-five stories reflect the themes that have always characterized Lessing’s work: the bedrock realities of marriage and other relationships between men and women; the crisis of the individual whose very psyche is threatened by a society unattuned to its own most dangerous qualities; the fate of women.

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Includes stories like "To Room Nineteen", in which a woman reacts against the oppression of her banal marriage with dreadful results; "One off the Short List", that traces the surprising conclusion to a seduction gone awry; and "The Habit of Loving", in which a lonely older man who takes a vivacious young wife witnesses a reversal of intimacy.

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