The Grandmothers : Four Short Novels

by Doris Lessing | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0060530111 Global Overview for this book
Registered by noumena12 of Dayton, Ohio USA on 4/24/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by noumena12 from Dayton, Ohio USA on Monday, April 24, 2006
"The Grandmothers: Two women, close friends, fall in love with each other's teenage sons, and these passions last for years, until the women end them, promising a respectable old age." "Victoria and the Staveneys: A poor black girl has a baby with the son of a liberal middle-class family and finds that her little girl is slowly being absorbed into the world of white privilege and becoming estranged from her." "The Reason for It: Certain to appeal to fans of Shikasta and Memoirs of a Survivor, it describes the birth, flourishing, and decline of a culture long, long ago, but with many modern echoes." A Love Child: A soldier in World War II, during the dangerous voyage to India around the Cape, falls in love on shore leave and remains convinced that a love child resulted from the wartime romance.

Journal Entry 2 by noumena12 from Dayton, Ohio USA on Friday, December 29, 2006

Journal Entry 3 by noumena12 at RABCK, A RABCK -- Controlled Releases on Friday, August 08, 2008

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Journal Entry 4 by princess-peapod from San Luis Obispo, California USA on Thursday, August 14, 2008
I enjoy trying out new authors and this book caught my eye, thanks for the chance to read it noumena12!!

Journal Entry 5 by princess-peapod at San Luis Obispo, California USA on Tuesday, December 07, 2010

taking to our local Bookcrossers meeting, if not picked up by another BC'er then it will be left on the shelf for another to enjoy!
I enjoy a well written short story and found these to be quite interesting though would readily admit the subject matter may not be for everyone. The title "novel" is the story of two friends who fall in love with each other's teenage sons...and yes it is as odd as it sounds, but this was my favorite story amongst the 4.

Journal Entry 6 by princess-peapod at Joe Mommas in Avila Beach, California USA on Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Released 9 yrs ago (12/8/2010 UTC) at Joe Mommas in Avila Beach, California USA


If you found this book while in the area of San Luis Obispo, CA. feel free to come by and check out Joe Mommas which houses our bookshelf! We also hold our local meetups on the first Tuesday of each month at 5pm there, please come join the fun! The books on the shelf are free to for you to read, enjoy and pass along to another!

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"A book is a mysterious object, I said, and once it floats out into the world, anything can happen. All kinds of mischief can be caused, and there's not a damned thing you can do about it. For better or worse, it's completely out of your control."
Paul Auster

Journal Entry 7 by wingjlautnerwing at San Luis Obispo, California USA on Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Picked up from bookcrossing meeting tonight.

Journal Entry 8 by wingjlautnerwing at San Luis Obispo, California USA on Thursday, September 13, 2012
Doris Lessing used to be one of my favorite writers. Perhaps she still is, with reservations. Over time I found some of her work to be heavily imbued with her political positions, and they were positions I did not especially like. Perhaps if I were on the same track I would have liked them more.

In this case, just one of the stories - The Reason For It - reeks of a kind of moral position. It is the story of a civilization from long ago, where education and work become of little interest to the primary leader and over time to the citizens. Little by little the fabric of the community becomes frayed and there is nobody to care, except "the old ones", including the last of "the twelve".

I can't disagree that a lack of intelligence and learning and a lack of appreciation for work is going to send a community down the tubes. The story does seem heavy-handed, though.

I rather liked the title story - the Grandmothers - in spite of the subject matter, which I admit is a little out there. There is a nice sense of the characters and an emotional charge that's hard to forget.

I liked the other two stories as well, perhaps most especially A Love Child. In his youth, a WWII soldier is sent to India to keep the peace (not where he would prefer to be given that the actual war was elsewhere). He is a bit naive in the world of love, and when he falls for a young married Englishwoman there, he believes it is forever. Over the years he cannot get her or her son (clearly his son) out of his mind.

Twice he travels to India to find his lover and his son, the second time with his understanding wife. With this kind of single-minded focus, though, can this man ever find peace?

Released 6 yrs ago (4/27/2014 UTC) at Little Free Library on Fernwood Drive in San Luis Obispo, California USA


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