Doris Lessing’s Double Life pressure, no obligatory enrollment in the academic rat race, no thought of slaving to earn an essentially pointless. 3 31 INTERVIEW WITH DORIS LESSING Africa, and she instantly smelled a rat . When she .. Or, “Fan as I am of Doris Lessing, I will never read another novel. Doris Lessing and R. D. Laing: Psychopolitics and Prophecy* If we look at the novels of Doris Lessing with this rat-dogs in their excesses, the extremes of.
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A very tough read, but I’ve read it perhaps 4 times over the years. It changes points of view, and styles of telling as you follow the attempts to bring an amnesiac professor back to “reality”.
Science fiction, social commentary, philosophical-psycological discourse in one difficult package. Try it if you like challenges with rewards. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I read this when I was in my 20s and it never left me. So I wanted to read it again as a more mature adult. I knew more about Lessing on the second reading but I was still affected so much by the writing, the thoughts where did they come from? Not an easy read, but amazing. One person found this helpful.
An amazing book about us all, with all of Lessings depth and passion.
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If you do try to read this, skip or skim the first pages. Total gibberish, ramblings about planets and monkeys and vapors and crystals. Even the ending is predictable. The title is appropriate–wasting time trying to read this is like a descent into hell. Briefing for a Descent Into Hell starts very slowly and readers who, like me, were tempted to throw their hands up at about the hundred page mark are not to ratts blamed, but I would urge them to plow ahead.
It does get better. Doris Lessing began exhibiting tendencies toward wacked out sci-fi-ish scenarios in the latter stages of her previous novel, The Four-Gated City, and it continues here with the supposed experiences or hallucinations of the central character, leszing identified as a classics professor with amnesia. The first third of the book mostly deals with his imagined adventures in the middle of the Atlantic and then the Brazilian forest, where he witnesses some sort of doomsday scenario involving anthropomorphic dogs and monkeys.
These chapters are rather a hard slog but do contain a few clues valuable later on after the good professor wakes up and his story begins to be cobbled together from the testimonies of those who knew him, ranging from colleagues and wartime buddies to rwts wife and former mistress.
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