Mara and Dann: Novel, A

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Fiction - 416 pages
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"Tenderly perceptive....A resounding affirmation of humanity and what it holds dearest, from one of our most gifted storytellers."— Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Thousands of years in the future, all the northern hemisphere is buried under the ice and snow of a new Ice Age. At the southern end of a large landmass called Ifrik, two children of the Mahondi people, seven-year old Mara and her younger brother, Dann, are abducted from their home in the middle of the night. Raised as outsiders in a poor rural village, Mara and Dann learn to survive the hardships and dangers of a life threatened as much by an unforgiving climate and menacing animals as by a hostile community of Rock People. Eventually they join the great human migration North, away from the drought that is turning the southern land to dust, and in search of a place with enough water and food to support human life. Traveling across the continent, the siblings enter cities rife with crime, power struggles, and corruption, learning as much about human nature as about how societies function. With a clear-eyed vision of the human condition, Mara and Dann is imaginative fiction at its best.

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User Review  - TheAmpersand - LibraryThing

Dystopias seem to be very much in fashion these days, so it's quite possible that other authors have covered the sort of themes dealt with in "Mara and Dann," and it's even possible that they've done ... Read full review

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User Review  - baswood - LibraryThing

Lessing once again plunges her readership into the world of science fiction, or dystopia to be more precise. She imagines a far distant future on earth when succeeding ice ages have had their effect ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature, Doris Lessing was one of the most celebrated and distinguished writers of our time, the recipient of a host of international awards. She wrote more than thirty books—among them the novels Martha Quest, The Golden Notebook, and The Fifth Child. She died in 2013.

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