Alfred and Emily

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Fourth Estate, 2008 - Fiction - 274 pages
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"In this book, the 2007 Nobel Laureate Doris Lessing explores the lives of her parents, each irrevocably damaged by the Great War. Her father wanted the simple life of an English farmer, but shrapnel almost killed him in the trenches, and thereafter he had to wear a wooden leg. Her mother, Emily, spent the war nursing the wounded in the Royal Free Hospital after her great love, a doctor, drowned in the Channel." "In the fictional first half of Alfred and Emily, Doris Lessing imagines the happier lives her parents might have made for themselves had there been no war; a story that begins with their meeting at a village cricket match outside Colchester. This is followed by a piercing examination of their relationship as it actually was in the shadow of the Great War, of the family's move to Africa, and of the impact of her parents' marriage on a young woman growing up in a strange land."--BOOK JACKET.

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User Review  - Bryon Butler - Goodreads

During this 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I, a summer project has been to read war related books/novels. One of the most intriguing must be Doris Lessing's Alfred and Emily. Born in ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lizie - Goodreads

This is strange book of two halves. The later half is biographical, describing her parents' lives, especially those years they spent farming, unsuccessfully, in Rhodesia. The trauma her father ... Read full review


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