- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial (Sept. 23 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060929561
- ISBN-13: 978-0060929565
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 318 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #529,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Walking in the Shade: Volume Two of My Autobiography--1949-1962 Paperback – Sep 23 1998
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More casually written and organized than Under My Skin, the second volume of Doris Lessing's autobiography boasts the same acute, brutally frank insights. She begins with her 1949 arrival in London as a 30-year-old single mother from Rhodesia who is searching for a place and a means to write freely; Lessing closes in 1962 with the publication of her most famous novel, The Golden Notebook. In between, she covers love affairs, years of psychotherapy, and her increasingly disenchanted involvement with the Communist Party. Walking in the Shade is essential reading for anyone interested in mid-century British culture. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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A follow-up to Lessing's acclaimed memoir, Under My Skin (LJ 10/1/94), this volume covers the years when she wrote The Golden Notebook.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Like so many young intellectuals in Europe, she finds shelter in the leftist Church (with capitalism as hell, Lenin, Stalin or Mao as Christ the Saviour, and Utopia as heaven) and becomes a believer in heart and soul. She still has difficulties to believe why she was so blind (even after a trip to Russia) and stayed like many others so long with the communist movement.
The agonizing psychological struggle to become an apostate is very emotionally told.
What saved her was art, in which she has a limitless belief: it can overthrow world powers.
This is a moving, uninhibited and realistic work, exemplary for many idealistic but wilfully deceived young people in the ninteen fifties and sixties. Outsiders willing to write her biography will not have many more 'secrets' to reveal.
Not to be missed.
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Although volume 2 lacks the profound personal revelations found in volume 1, it is a fascinating collection of her memories and point of view of England in the 1950's. She talks quite a bit about her life in a brutally honest way that few writers, let alone people in general, would be willing to admit.
Her witty observations of society and what makes it tick are very entertaining, as well as many insights into what later became The Golden Notebook.
Cold & self-serving? Not this book. It's an oustanding autobiography by one of the most brilliant minds of our time. I think negative reviewers of this book have gotten carried away with their own agenda. Doris Lessing never caters to expectation which makes her writing even more compelling.
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