Begin somewhere; you cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do!
Doris Lessing was born Doris May Taylor in Persia, in 1919.
In 2007, she was awarded the nobel prize for literature and has received and been shortlisted for a number of other prestigious literary awards over her lustrous career.
By the way, that photo is beautiful don’t you think? The eyes .. so full of stories and understanding!
Lessing’s 2008 publication ‘Alfred and Emily‘ is about her parents and the emotional long-term damage of war including the effect on the children of those years. The author has declared this is her ‘final book’.
“I think my father’s rage at the trenches took me over, when I was very young, and has never left me. Do children feel their parents’ emotions? Yes, we do, and it is a legacy I could have done without. What is the use of it? It is as if that old war is in my own memory, my own consciousness.”
I am inspired to read more of her writings and note two book that I am eager to peruse ‘Going Home’ (1968) and ‘The Diaries of Jane Somers‘ (1984). One is about the experience of Doris Lessing when she returned home to Southern Rhodesia, her childhood home. The book is a personal account of her seven week visit to the country and also apparently has lots of anecdotes about her earlier life there as well. I read somewhere that Lessing was banned from Southern Rhodesia for 25 years for her political beliefs and opposition to white supremacy.
The second book that I am drawn to, is a novel about a Jane Somers (who is a magazine editor) and success, possessions, comfort, change, death, poverty, loss, self reflection and understanding of inadequacies. It is a story about Jane, Jill and Kate -their experiences of love and regret.
Just my ‘cup of tea’ – books on love and family relationships!!