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Preview — The Grandmothers by Doris Lessing. The Grandmothers by Doris Lessing. With the four short novels in this collection, Doris Lessing once again proves ogra she is unequalled in her ability to capture the truth of the human condition.
The title story, ‘The Grandmothers’, is an astonishing otda de force, a shockingly intimate portrait of an unconventional extended family and the lengths to which they will go to find happiness and love. Written wi With the four short novels in this collection, Doris Lessing once again proves that she is unequalled in her ability to capture the truth of the human condition. Written with a keen cinematic eye, the story is a ruthless dissection of the veneer of middle-class morality and convention which manages to be at once universal and desperately, heartbreakingly personal.
A second story, ‘Victoria and the Staveneys’, takes us through 20 years of the life of a young underprivilged black girl in London.
A chance meeting introduces her to the world of the Staveneys — a liberal white middle-class family — and, seduced, she falls pregnant by one of the sons. As her young daughter grows up, Victoria feels her parental control diminishing as the attractions of the Staveney’s world exert themselves. An honest and often uncomfortable look at race relations in A,or over the past few decades, Lessing reaffirms her brilliance at demonstrating the effect of society on the individual.
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See 1 question about The Grandmothers…. Lists with This Book. Jan 28, Dolors rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: The beaten yet not defeated. Recommended to Dolors by: Only the mind of a genius has the capacity to write with the precision, lucidity and provocation displayed in this collection with 85 years of age.
Yes, you read that right. Doris Lessing was 85 years old when she penned the four stories that compose this collection. Stories which are dissimilar in length and setting, characters and writing techniques, shifting viewpoint narrators and, believe it or not, genres. Even ve the common thread that links these four pieces together appears elusive Only the mind of a genius has the capacity to write with the precision, lucidity and provocation displayed in this collection with 85 years of age.
The paradisiacal scenario of the virginal Australian coast in the present day frames the setting for the uncategorizable friendship between two leesing, also Grandmothersand their sons, who cross the limits of morality and develop unhealthy, almost incestuous sexual affairs with their respective offspring.
Blatant defiance against social conventionality or sardonic criticism of a amir lifestyle corrupted by hedonistic excesses? A black girl is swirled about by the blowing winds of chance and discovers a world where The Staveneysa white and liberal British family, sleep in separate alcoves, have a lavatory and a kitchen instead of living crammed into the space of a single room.
Colonial Africa and the British rule in India during WWII allow a young soldier to survive the horrors of war clinging to the illusion of a Lesing Childproduct of a mirage of four days smudged with humidity, salty waves, unhinged desire and the prospect of certain death.
Even the first-person narrator of the dystopia that portrays the downfall of an ancient civilization ponders about The Reasons Why a flourishing oligarchy might irreparably evolve into a directionless totalitarian dictatorship because of anor intricacies of generational replacement.
Four stories where the perpetual clashes between social classes, races and genders, the insurmountable gap between parents and children, the understated denunciation of legal abuse endorsed by duplicitous democracies and the absurdity of war, are ever present and personified in the future generations that are designated with the double-edged role of victims and perpetrators. Quite an arduous ascent, yes, but how imposing, life-altering and liberating the view!
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View all 70 comments. Merecia mais aprofundamento e otrra. Menos ainda quando se comprometem os valores morais a troco de pouco sucesso. O Motivo O mais fraquinho dos quatro. Jun 19, Robert rated it really liked it. The Grandmothers by Doris Lessing is not, as the dust jacket copy states, a collection of “four short novels.
The opening story, “The Grandmothers,” is a mischievous but persuasive piece of wickedness in which two close friends end up being the lovers of each other’s sons. There’s a cosy quality to this pseudo-Oedipal tale that envelops the sons otraa. What could be better than amof woman unhappy in her marrige whom you’ve known all your life, is still fairly young, and makes you feel rich and secure because she’s yours without having had to go through growing up with her?
The mistakes you might make as a lover are forgiven, the little things you ought to know are taught a,or you gently, and all in all, you’re in the butter, home away from home. Of course other young women begin to intrude and the grandmothers because that’s what the original mothers become have a sense of realism about this.
They know, or persuade one another, that the fantasy can’t go on forever. And this is interesting, too: The fact that “The Grandmothers” is set in South Africa, along the sea, helps.
There is racial issues aren’t a focal point a quality of distant completeness about that world at that time; there’s an underlying, unstated argument here that ambition isn’t a central human need The next story, “Victoria and the Steveneys”, is a story about a black Londoner who falls in with a white, culturally liberal family as a child–by accident, really–and then, as time passes, gives birth to a child by one of the younger family members The contrast in life styles, attitudes, prospects, and moral grounding between all these folks is acutely presented.
At the same time, the “long story” form, which I enjoy a great deal, provides most of a novel’s impact in more concentrated style. Time passes, scenes unfold on artfully altered premises, the impetus and inevitabilty of the narrative catches you up, and the conclusion has that pungency one expects of Lessing.
The comparisons would be Alice Munro of today and Henry James of yesterday’s yesterday. Now I’ll say something about “The Reason for It,” the third story.
It doesn’t belong in this collection. It’s one of Lessing’s fantasy or other-world fables, and it’s sort of no good, a clunker: Lessing is strong-willed enough to have been the one who insisted this book is where “The Reason for It” would go. Frankly, I see no other reason for it to be here. Now, the longest piece, “A Love Child. A young Englishman doesn’t have any idea what he’s being drafted into, misses all the good battles in Europe, sails wretchedly to India, and in a stopover in South Africa Capetownhas a four day fling with a married woman who really was only trying to be a decent hostess to “the boys.
This is where the genius of the “long story” or “novella” operates so wonderfully. Things happen to James that aren’t really relevant to his passion for Daphne,but they become a kind of container for his passion, and we sense he’ll return to it, and the novella permits this in stages: In summarizing the plot, I’m not doing justice to it.
Again, you need the weight of events, distractions, irrelevancies, and time to explore its fullness. I’d recommend The Grandmothers as strongly as I’d suggest skipping the third tale. What a book this could be if it were a modest three tales.
Lessing’s insight into human psychology, her mastery of pace and plot, and her knowledge of the world are all of the first order. You live to love, you survive to hold onto that love, but you can’t live or love forever: Vvez is something altogether private and apart with its distinctive quotient of pain. For more of my comments on contemporary fiction, see Tuppence Reviews Kindle.
Oct 05, Maria Ivona rated it really liked it Shelves: I recently watched the movie adaptation of The Grandmothers. I thought that the story is really something! It’s disturbing and provocative It makes you realize that although love can be in various forms I also d I recently watched the movie adaptation of The Grandmothers. I also did think about women, who were once young and beautiful then got replaced by the younger and more beautiful.
The story reminds me of some dodis couples. My favorite Character here is Ian. It’s evident that his love for Roz is really genuine. I haven’t read the book yet but based on the movie I’m guessing that for Tom it’s less than love. Well, the story is good, it’s a romance with heavy drama View all 10 comments. I can’t remember what made me pick this book up, but I’m glad I did. It consists of four novellas, not linked together in any way.
The first one The Grandmothers was my favorite. Lessing has a real knack for exploring the complexity of the human heart and I was intensely interested in these flawed and sympathetic characters. The one story that didn’t work for me was the third one. I appreciated it intellectually but I couldn’t emotionally connect. It was set in dodis ancient community where the w I can’t remember what made me pick this book up, but I’m glad I ammor. It was set in an ancient community where the wise and knowing elders were dying off one by one, and the rest of the culture was becoming violent and unthinking.