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Old 11-17-2013, 10:13 AM   #1
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Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing dies at 94

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British Nobel-Prize winning author Doris Lessing has died aged 94.

Her best-known works include The Golden Notebook, Memoirs of a Survivor and The Summer Before the Dark.

She became the oldest winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature when in 2007 she won the award for her life's work aged 88.
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Old 11-17-2013, 11:27 AM   #2
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I've had to admit that I haven't read any of her work, and I really feel I ought to have. Can anyone recommend a good one to start off with?
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I just saw this headline. Thanks Harry, I too would be interested in recommendations as I've not read her work.

From the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/18/bo...t-94.html?_r=0
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Old 11-17-2013, 12:33 PM   #4
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I'm in the same position. I've been meaning to read Lessing for a long time but never got around to it.

I had planned to start with The Cleft, mainly because I had eLibrary access to it. So - not terribly helpful really.
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"The Golden Notebook" seems to be her best-known work. I've just checked and it is available as an ebook (in the UK, at least).
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Another Nobel author I have yet to read. I recently read Away from Her (The Bear Came Over the Mountain) by Alice Munro and once I finish A Tale of Love and Darkness I will be reading Cairo Modern by Naguib Mahfouz. I would also be interested in a recommendation for something by Lessing.
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Old 11-17-2013, 01:27 PM   #7
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I haven't read any Lessing yet but The Golden Notebook's been on my list for some years now.
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Nobel does not mean anything to me since António Egas Moniz.

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I would recommend the Canopus in Argos: Archives series. Great sci-fi!
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"Briefing for a Descent into Hell". Highly recommend. Also, "Memoirs of a Survivor"
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I have fond memories of the Canopy in Argos series, and the Memoirs of a Survivor, and I loved The Summer before Dark. I don't remember anything about the Golden Notebook, which I know I read.
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I haven't read any of her work either, but my wife is quite a fan of Lessing. She has an English Degree and loves the 17th century Metaphysical Poets so beware!

She thinks a good one to start with is The Golden Notebook, suggested by HarryT.

Hope this helps.
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The Golden Notebook is interesting if you like history, but my fav. is The Grass is Singing.
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I'm embarrassed to say that this is one of those authors whom I've known about for four decades, but have yet to read.

In the meantime, I actually brought my First Edition American hardcover edition of "The Memoirs of a Survivor," with me when I moved to Peru.

So I'll read that before I purchase her classic, on ebook, of "The Golden Notebook."




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