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The golden notebook /
Doris Lessing.
edition
New ed.
imprint
London : Harper Perennial, 2007.
description
576 p. ; 20 cm.
ISBN
0007247206 (pbk.) :, 9780007247202 (pbk.) :
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imprint
London : Harper Perennial, 2007.
isbn
0007247206 (pbk.) :
9780007247202 (pbk.) :
general note
This ed. originally published: London: Michael Joseph, 1972.
catalogue key
6926047
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At the beginning of the Sixties, this vast, frank, complicated novel helped to sustain our reputation for courageous, ambitious, experimental writing. Soon a worldwide bestseller, it is still Lessing's finest work. €ŒThe Golden Notebook€¥ captured the heady mix of the early Sixties, when not just novels but political certainties were dissolving. The rising feminist movement seized it as a Bible.' Mail on Sunday Her greatest workShows the power of the female imagination at full throttle. It doesn't bear a simple political message but it does rip off the masks that women were accustomed to wearing, and it shows up the dangers and difficulties that women encounter if they try to live a free life in a man's worldA landmark novel, a book that both changed and explained a generationOne of the finest writers of the century.' Independent Doris Lessing is a pioneer of feminist self-consciousness in its raw stateThe truths contained in €ŒThe Golden Notebook€¥ are indeed harsh. It can also be said that these particular truths have not been examined in so rigorous and exemplary a fashion since the first appearance of this extraordinary book. A seminal work.' Anita Brookner, LRB €ŒThe Golden Notebook€¥ is the diary of a writer in shock, a young woman determined to forge a life as a €Œfree woman€¥, as an €Œintellectual€¥. Doris Lessing is a writer of considerable power, someone who can close her eyes and €Œgive€¥ a situation by the sheer force of her emotional energy.' Joan Didion, New York Times
'This ambitious novel has no equal.' Guardian 'At the beginning of the Sixties, this vast, frank, complicated novel helped to sustain our reputation for courageous, ambitious, experimental writing. Soon a worldwide bestseller, it is still Lessing's finest work. The Golden Notebook captured the heady mix of the early Sixties, when not just novels but political certainties were dissolving. The rising feminist movement seized it as a Bible.' Mail on Sunday 'Her greatest work…Shows the power of the female imagination at full throttle. It doesn't bear a simple political message but it does rip off the masks that women were accustomed to wearing, and it shows up the dangers and difficulties that women encounter if they try to live a free life in a man's world…A landmark novel, a book that both changed and explained a generation…One of the finest writers of the century.' Independent 'Doris Lessing is a pioneer of feminist self-consciousness in its raw state…The truths contained in The Golden Notebook are indeed harsh. It can also be said that these particular truths have not been examined in so rigorous and exemplary a fashion since the first appearance of this extraordinary book. A seminal work.' Anita Brookner, LRB 'The Golden Notebook is the diary of a writer in shock, a young woman determined to forge a life as a free woman, as an intellectual. Doris Lessing is a writer of considerable power, someone who can close her eyes and give a situation by the sheer force of her emotional energy.' Joan Didion, New York Times
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Guardian UK, January 2007
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
Anna Wulf is a young novelist with writer's block. Divorced, with a young child, and disillusioned by unsatisfactory relationships, she feels her life is falling apart. In fear of madness, she records her experiences in four coloured notebooks.
Long Description
'The Golden Notebook', the landmark novel by Nobel Prize winner Doris Lessing, is a powerful account of a woman searching for her personal, political and professional identity amid the trauma of emotional rejection and sexual betrayal. In 1950s London, novelist Anna Wulf struggles with writer's block. Divorced with a young child, and fearful of going mad, Anna records her experiences in four coloured notebooks: black for her writing life, red for political views, yellow for emotions, blue for everyday events. But it is a fifth notebook the golden notebook that finally pulls these wayward strands of her life together. Widely regarded as Doris Lessing's masterpiece and one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century, 'The Golden Notebook' is wry and perceptive, bold and indispensable.
Long Description
The striking reissue of this classic Lessing novel. Widely regarded as one of the most influential books of the twentieth century.Anna Wulf is a young novelist with writer's block. Divorced, with a young child, and disillusioned by unsatisfactory relationships, she feels her life is falling apart. In fear of madness, she records her experiences in four coloured notebooks. The black notebook addresses her problems as a writer; the red her political life; the yellow her relationships and emotions; and the blue becomes a diary of everyday events. But it is the fifth notebook - the Golden Notebook - which is the key to her recovery and renaissance.Bold and illuminating, fusing sex, politics, madness and motherhood, 'The Golden Notebook' is at once a wry and perceptive portrait of the intellectual and moral climate of the 1950s - a society on the brink of feminism - and a powerful and revealing account of a woman searching for her own personal and political identity.
Main Description
Anna Wulf is a young novelist with writer's block. Divorced, with a young child, and disillusioned by unsatisfactory relationships, she feels her life is falling apart. Fearing the onset of madness, she records her experiences in four coloured notebooks. The black notebook addresses her problems as a writer; the red her political life; the yellow her relationships and emotions; and the blue becomes a diary of everyday events. But it is the fifth notebook - the Golden Notebook - which is the key to her recovery and renaissance. Bold and illuminating, fusing sex, politics, madness and motherhood, 'The Golden Notebook' is at once a wry and perceptive portrait of the intellectual and moral climate of the 1950s - a society on the brink of feminism - and a powerful and revealing account of a woman searching for her own personal and political identity.
Main Description
In 1950s London, novelist Anna Wulf struggles with writer's block. Divorced with a young child, and fearful of going mad, Anna records her experiences in four coloured notebooks: black for her writing life, red for political views, yellow for emotions, blue for everyday events. But it is a fifth notebook - the golden notebook - that finally pulls these wayward strands of her life together. Widely regarded as Doris Lessing's masterpiece and one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century, 'The Golden Notebook' is wry and perceptive, bold and indispensable.

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