Alfred and Emily

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Fourth Estate, 2008 - Amputees - 274 pages
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Doris Lessing explores the lives of her parents, both of them irrevocably damaged by the Great War. Her father wanted the life of an English farmer, but shrapnel almost killed him in the trenches, and thereafter had to wear a wooden leg. Her mother's great love was a doctor, who drowned in the Channel, and she spent the war nursing the wounded. In the fictional first half of the book, she imagines the happier lives they might have led if there had been no war. The second half is a piercing examination of their relationship as it actually was.

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Alfred and Emily

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Lessing here showcases the uncanny abilities that earned her the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature. Author of over 50 works (including novels The Grass Is Singing and The Golden Notebook), Lessing again ... Read full review

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I liked the alternate realities that Lessing used. the novella took the facts of her parents lives and fictionalized them and the biography gives the reader the author's view of her childhood and ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Doris Lessing was born in Kermanshah, Persia (later Iran) on October 22, 1919 and grew up in Rhodesia (the present-day Zimbabwe). During her two marriages, she submitted short fiction and poetry for publication. After moving to London in 1949, she published her first novel, The Grass Is Singing, in 1950. She is best known for her 1954 Somerset Maugham Award-winning experimental novel The Golden Notebook. Her other works include This Was the Old Chief's Country, the Children of Violence series, the Canopus in Argos - Archives series, and Alfred and Emily. She has received numerous awards for her work including the 2001 Prince of Asturias Prize in Literature, the David Cohen British Literature Prize, and the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature. She died on November 17, 2013 at the age of 94.

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