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The Grass is Singing

by Doris Lessing

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This is Doris Lessing’s first novel published in 1950 and is still as powerful today as it was then. As interesting and stunning a read as it was then and surprising how relevant it still is today.

 

A "Piece of Passion" from the publisher...

This is Nobel Prize-winning Lessing’s first novel, brought with her as a manuscript in a suitcase when she moved to England from Africa in 1950.

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.

An incredible evocation of Africa’s majestic beauty, a haunting portrait of lives in confusion and a disturbing exploration of the ideology of white supremacy, this is a landmark of twentieth-century literature.

The Grass is Singing Synopsis

The classic first novel from the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature 2007. Doris Lessing brought the manuscript of 'The Grass is Singing' 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 exploration of the ideology of white supremacy.

The Grass is Singing Press Reviews

'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 Sunday

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ISBN: 9780586089248
Publication date: 28/09/1989
Publisher: Flamingo, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

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ISBN: 9780586089248
Publication date: 28th September 1989
Author: Doris Lessing
Publisher: Flamingo, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,
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About Doris Lessing

Doris Lessing is one of the most important writers of the second half of the 20th-century and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature 2007. For over fifty years she has been writing provocative, inventive and influential works, ranging from novels, short stories and science fiction to autobiography, drama, poetry, essays and operas. Her first novel, The Grass is Singing, was published in 1950, and her international reputation has flourished since then. Among her other celebrated novels are The Golden Notebook, The Summer Before the Dark and Memoirs of a Survivor. She has also published two volumes of her autobiography, Under my ...

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