Alfred and Emily

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Harper Perennial, 2009 - Amputees - 274 pages
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Doris Lessing'S First Book After She Won The Nobel Prize. This Extraordinary Book Takes Lessing Back To Her Childhood In Southern Africa And The Lives, Both Fictional And Factual, That Her Parents Lead. 'I Think My Father'S Rage At The Trenches Took Me Over, When I Was Very Young, And Has Never Left Me. Do Children Feel Their Parents' Emotions? Yes, We Do&' The Nobel Laureate Explores The Lives Of Her Parents, Both Of Them 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'S Great Love Was A Doctor, Who Drowned In The Channel, And She Spent The War Nursing The Wounded In The Royal Free Hospital. In The First Half Of This Book, Doris Lessing Imagines The Lives Her Parents Might Have Made For Themselves Had There Been No War At All, A Story That Has Them Meeting At A Village Cricket Match Outside Colchester As Children But Leading Separate Lives. This Is Followed By A Piercing Examination Of Their Lives As They Actually Came To Be In The Shadow Of That War, Their Move To Rhodesia, A Damaged Couple Squatting Over Doris'S Childhood In A Strange Land. Here I Still Am,' Says Doris Lessing, 'Trying To Get Out From Under That Monstrous Legacy, Trying To Get Free.' With The Publication Of Alfred And Emily She Has Done Just That.

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User Review  - brillow51 - LibraryThing

II was an interesting story about her parents' life in Rhodesia. I felt the syntax was stilted and choppy throughout the book. Because of " ,choppiness" it was hard to focus on what she was trying to ... Read full review

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User Review  - MarysGirl - LibraryThing

"That war, the Great War, the war that would end all war, squatted over my childhood. The trenches ere as present to me as anything I actually saw around me. And here I still am, trying to get our ... Read full review

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Doris Lessing is one of the most important writers of the twentieth century and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature 2007. Her first novel, 'The Grass is Singing', was published in 1950. Among her other celebrated novels are 'The Golden Notebook', 'The Fifth Child' and 'Memoirs of a Survivor'. She has also published two volumes of her autobiography, 'Under my Skin' and 'Walking in the Shade'. Doris Lessing died on 17 November 2013 at the age of 94.

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