The opening story, "The Grandmothers," is a mischievous but persuasive piece of wickedness in which two close friends end up being the lovers of each other's sons. There's a cosy quality to this pseudo-Oedipal tale that envelops the sons totally. ...more
I must say, the title story of this book does nothing to soften that impression. The characters are ghastly, the writing style matches. Somehow it does not reflect well upon the author.
This is the first Lessing I have tried and I susp ...more
Tre racconti, di cui l’ultimo, Il figlio dell’amore, risulta il più completo, il più intenso, il più articolato. I primi due non mi hanno entusiasmato: mi sembrava spesso che i pensieri rimanessero in superficie e le azioni incompiute. Come fossero degli abbozzi rimasti tali (per fretta, incuria, stanchezza, pigrizia…??).
La Lessing, scrittrice oggi ultranovantenne, si è cimentata in ogni genere letterario ed è stata molto prolifica. Questi ...more
All the reviews on Doris Lessing’s The Grandmothers I’ve read claim that the book is oddly uneven, with two brilliant and two poor stories. All of them put A love child on top, followed by Victoria and the Staveneys and they generally agree that The Grandmothers and The Reason of It are the worst.
Well, I beg to differ. As usual, Doris Lessing is a master of the literary techniques and the unity of The Grandmothers is realized by subtle but strong links between themes, motives, narrative perspec ...more
Desde que terminé el relato que da título al volumen Las abuelas, no dejo de darle vueltas. Los silencios cerriles, esas miradas que son como radiografías, importan tanto o más que las palabras. Doris Lessing maneja estupendamente ese recurso. En Las abuelas, ...more
Dei tre racconti quello più intenso è il terzo "Il figlio dell'amore", che è quasi un romanzo a se stante nel suo sviluppo, e che termina in maniera assolutamente agghiacciante.
Though Lessing was already well into her eighties when she wrote the four novellas (some call them short stories, but I call them novellas) that comprise The Grandmothers, t ...more
The first, and title, story is an intriguing family tale of just 53 pages. Two fathers. Two daughters. Two grandmothers. And two mothers who enter only peripherally into visits to a seaside restaurant. The waitress envies their perfect lives, which maybe aren’t as perfect as they seem, and ...more
El libro está compuesto por cuatro nouvelles o novelas cortas que representan en buena parte todos los aspectos de la literatura de Lessing.
La primera historia “Las abuelas” comienza de una forma un poco confusa cuando una mesera ve a una familia sentada en la playa: Dos mujeres mayores, dos hombres jóvenes y dos niñas aparentemente felices. De repente llega ...more
Fans of Lessing will find her trademark themes, times, and places in The Grandmothers. In these stories, as in her previous novels and memoirs, Lessing successfully captures the joy and pain of the human condition. This collection, coming from a writer nearing the end of her career, is impressive but uneven. Readers will find four very different and appealing narratives, from a surprising story about parental relationships to a dark comedy about social inequalities. Critics generally agree that...more
I expected more from the book, since had won so many awards.
The characters do not transmit anything. The writing is basic. The story runs away and give no account of how it happened a lot of things (eg... how did Ian married Hannah if he wanted both Roz??)
Terrible. The story had potential to be a masterpiece... and stayed in a miserable and malformed story.
A mí, la verdad, no me gustó.
Podrá haber ganado todos los premios que quiera, pero el re ...more
The first, the title story, "The Grandmothers", was a strange bit of psychology, not really up to her usual standards; the third, "The Reason For It", is an allegorical tale about a mythical country and its leaders, which was good but not outstanding.
The second story, "Victoria and the Staveneys", and even more so the fourth and longest, "A Love Child", ...more
Two (female)childhood friends growing up together, stay friends throughout their lives. Through jobs, marriages,divorce, death of a spouse and children.
Then the unthinkable happens and these two 30 something women begin to have affairs with each others teenage sons. At first neither couple are aware of what is happening with the other couple, then it becomes obvious.
These love stories continue for years and years, when the sons bow to pressure and get married to ...more
The Grandmothers - I only knew about this story from the trailer of the movie (I have not seen the movie) I haven't read anything like this one. The story explored beyond boundaries and my imagination, and I appreciated that. 4/5
Victoria and the Steveneys - Well written and pretty engaging although at times I felt it was getting a bit long and draggy. Furthermore, just as I thought the story picked up again towards the end, it ended abruptly for me. N ...more