Doris Lessing’s Double Life pressure, no obligatory enrollment in the academic rat race, no thought of slaving to earn an essentially pointless. 3 31 INTERVIEW WITH DORIS LESSING Africa, and she instantly smelled a rat . When she .. Or, “Fan as I am of Doris Lessing, I will never read another novel. Doris Lessing and R. D. Laing: Psychopolitics and Prophecy* If we look at the novels of Doris Lessing with this rat-dogs in their excesses, the extremes of.

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If you do try to read this, skip or skim the first pages. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. I conclude from all this that we do not know very much about human relationships.

We can only assume the worst as we are given a final ‘non-reality’ chapter after the feral children have visited and perhaps finally attacked. Leave a Reply Cancel reply. The first third of the book mostly deals with his imagined adventures in the middle of the Atlantic and then the Brazilian forest, where he witnesses some sort of doomsday scenario involving anthropomorphic dogs and monkeys.

The Unexpected Twists & Turns of Doris Lessing’s Briefing For A Descent Into Hell

It is unclear whether Emily and Hugo neither cat nor dog came from this parallel universe, or whether there are ratx universes and timeframes the narrator has access to. It was just society falling apart totally dramatically and how people were quite unable to come to grips with that. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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A modern, Lesxing dystopia that actually addresses contemporary issues. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I only know one other person who has read Lessing, and that is my my professor of Practical Criticism.

The Unexpected Twists & Turns of Doris Lessing’s Briefing For A Descent Into Hell

It is for those who like to gather new sets of questions. The flip side to the feral children’s violent lack of reason is the narrator’s potentially liberatory lack of reason. I asked the person who gave me the book for any suggestions, and she told me to just read it, enjoy it, and then read it again to get a feel for some of the heavier subject matter.

X and Y want to get him away from, so that he can again go on as an obedient member of the race. Share your thoughts with other customers.

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Learn more about Amazon Prime. In spite of her fervor for him, Charles ultimately drops her coldly, which, of course, inspires within her a need to prove herself to him before she finally ends up hating him completely whilst carrying his child. Customers who bought this item also rafs. There is absolutely no consistency to this novel, aside from the dissolution of society.

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It’s well written and describes a very believable not-far-future dystopia as civilization slowly decays, and I found that believable and interesting. Briefing for a Descent Into Hell starts very slowly and readers who, like me, were tempted to throw their hands up at about the hundred page mark are not to be blamed, but I would urge them to plow ahead.

As an actual story with a coherent and interesting plot, it’s lacking. Jun 17, Hilary G rated it liked it. Like other women writers from southern African who did not graduate from high school such as Oliv Both of her parents were British: The premise of collapse of infrastructure, of the disintegration of modern comforts: Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.


It was interesting to see how people adapted and carried on, how things changed slowly and were accepted as just another part of normal. Soon she was drawn to the like-minded members of the Left Book Club, a group of Communists “who read everything, and who did not think it remarkable to read.

It’s a dystopia for today, one that’s actually making a comment about the society that we live in, which is what made it so fascinating for me. Or is her ability to access these parallel worlds what will ultimately save Emily, Gerald, Hugo, and maybe even the feral children whom Gerald refuses to believe are beyond redemption?

Prisons We Choose to Live Inside. The girl, Emily, is a one of the most complex, fascinating characters that i have ever encountered in a novel.

It’s really more about the characters assessing values though – both in the moral sense of what it means to be a decent human and in the practical sense of what an individual’s actual value is to a complex and troubled society. The beauty of the book is Lessing’s wonderful imaginative capturing of real life as it could be.