Thursday, October 18, 2007

Noble Prize

Doris Lessing won the Nobel Prize for Literature last week. She really has a wonderful body of work, both in fiction and nonfiction. I'm most familiar with her fiction - specifically African Stories [Here, as she sees them, are the complexities, the agonies and joys, the textures of African life and society.], and the Children of Violence series [the ‘Martha Quest’ books is where she explored her life in Rhodesia, her uneasy relationship with domestic life and her break with the communist party]. Her writing evokes the feeling of Africa for me - I'm not a short story reader, but truly African Stories is one of my favorite books.

Although I don't remember reading it, the title of the following book came into my head last week when I was dealing with the whole depression thing: Briefing for a Descent into Hell [Doris Lessing believes that society's treatment of the mentally ill is a great and dangerous blind spot, that through the minds of the "broken-down" appear the truths, important to our civilization, that we deliberately choose to shut out.] I should re-read.

Anyway, celebrate her win by reading some African Stories!


Tera said...

You know, I tried to get into is most difficult and painful. I just can't sit still long enough...*sigh* I guess I'll try again.

Susan said...

I'll put it on my book list. I should find time to read around retirement.

NoRegrets said...

Tera, short stories may be the thing for you. How about reading in the bathroom? Or when taking a bath?

Susan, I fully expect to never be able to retire, so I do my reading now as I go along.