The World Is A Lessing Place

on Monday, November 18, 2013
What terribly sad news to wake up to this morning; Doris Lessing, my absolutely favourite Nobel laureate of recent years, passed away overnight aged 94. Sure, it was a fair innings, but she was a literary treasure, someone whose age almost proved her immortality. I could go on for hours about her brilliance but I think it can all be summed up in a single video. What fantastically cynical wit she showed when told of her big gong:

Farewell you great human being. Thanks for The Good Terrorist. And The Fifth Child. And The Golden Notebook. And Memoirs of a Survivor. And the Canopus In Argus: Archives cycle. And The Sweetest Dream. And The Children of Violence series. And... And... And...


Evan said...

Sad news - but she appears to have had a long and fruitful career.

Ashamed to admit I haven't read any Lessing. She seems to be one of those authors who kept trying different things.

What's a good place to start?

The Bookworm said...

My first was The Fifth Child. Very creepy.

Of the others I've read, I particularly liked The Good Terrorist, Memoirs of a Survivor and The Sweetest Dream. If you're into sci-fi, the Canopus cycle is great. But probably start with The Fifth Child or The Good Terrorist.

(As an aside, I've always meant to read The Cleft. Looks really good - very Margaret Atwoody).

Josh Caporale said...

I own "The Golden Notebook," but I just haven't gotten to it yet, since my book collection is just massive. Sad news indeed.

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