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African Stories

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  388 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
This book includes every story written by Doris Lessing about Africa: all of her first collection, This Was the Old Chief's Country (unavailable in America); the four tales about Africa from Five (also unavailable); the African stories from The Habit of Loving and A Man and Two Women and four stories never before collected.
This, then, is Doris Lessing's Africa - where she
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Paperback, 670 pages
Published October 1st 1981 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1964)
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Kathleen So far I'm thoroughly enjoying the trip to another place and time and a way of life we presently wouldn't accept. Love the names of things, the…moreSo far I'm thoroughly enjoying the trip to another place and time and a way of life we presently wouldn't accept. Love the names of things, the terminologies and working out what they mean.(less)

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Gail Zachariah
I read this book many years ago and it was my first introduction to the South African apartheid and Rhodesia. The descriptions are beautiful. Readers meet Boer settlers, English farmers, native peoples, miners, scholars, hunters, and more. In many of these stories, the role of the white mother/woman/and daughter in Africa is shown as very confining and unhappy.
interno storie
Tutta l’attenzione è rivolta alla vita dei coloni inglesi, delle donne siano africane, anzi assumono un tono importante, delle tribù, della natura selvatica protagonista assoluta in Alba sul veld e Storia di due cani. Cape Town, in quanto simbolo di centro urbano esteso, viene menzionata poche volte, anche nell’unico racconto che ho apprezzato di meno, Inverno in luglio, facendomi scivolare in una soporifera lentezza.
Doris Lessing ci introduce pagina dopo pagina in quel mondo impenetrabile, sedu
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Giorgio
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In questo libro Doris Lessing non affronta tanto il tema dei problemi razziali e sociali tra i coloni europei e gli indigieni africani, ma piuttosto racconta la vita nei suoi aspetti pratici della realtà quotidiana e nella sua realtà interiore dei bianchi in Africa e dei neri del posto.

Il ruolo di personaggio principale è spesso affidato a donne sole, irrequiete, in cerca di soddisfazione e di realizzazione; donne che devono affrontare la vita dura in Rhodesia tipica degli agricoltori e fatto
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Jule
Sep 13, 2008 Jule rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Ein Buch vom Ankommen in der Fremde. Ein Besuch nach Afrika. Mein erstes Buch von Lessing und ich will mehr mehr mehr
Adina
Jul 20, 2014 Adina added it
Excellent collection of short and longer stories by a very powerful writer, inspired by her childhood spent in Africa. Before this I had only read "The Fifth Child" by Doris Lessing, which left a strong impression on me, although in a creepy way let's say. But this book is very different and I enjoyed it much more. My favourite stories were "The Old Chief Mshlanga", "The Antheap", "Hunger" and a few others... But if I were to choose only one it would be "The Story of Two Dogs", for me the most h ...more
Cristina
May 20, 2016 Cristina rated it it was ok
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The preface, written by the author herself, promises a straightforward exposure of (some of) the harsh sociological aspects in South Africa, mostly around racism. Yes, there are a couple of subtle references to that, to the white people's limitations in regarding local black people also as human beings, with their own range of sociological problematic and cultural horizons (and, hence, the 2nd star in my rating). But, overall, this series of short stories just cannot get past presenting Africans ...more
Ileen
Il vecchio capo Mshlanga

Questo piccolo racconto narra di una barriera, quella tra bianchi e neri, che, nata nella violenza non è così facile da abbattere. Non basta essere umili e chiedere scusa quando si porta la colpa della morte di intere generazioni. Le colpe dei padri ricadono sui figli.
Alba sul veld
Questo racconto non è molto chiaro, parla di un ragazzino di 15 anni che esce all'alba, di nascosto, con i cani ed il fucile. Per sentirsi uomo va a caccia, ma non sammeno lui di cosa. L'unica
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William
Mar 26, 2013 William rated it really liked it
Dorris Lessing is very good at the long story, and this collection contains some her best early stories. Unfortunately the long story is not popular. Most writers don't bother with it. Anything over 7000 words is too long to be placed in a a magazine or a literary journal, and anything under 50,000 words is to short to be published as a novel. Lessing complains about this fact in her introduction, which was written in 1965, and of course this kind of formula thinking has only gotten worse in the ...more
Marlene
Dec 08, 2015 Marlene rated it liked it
I found the stories which concerned themselves with the lives of the white colonials to be most deeply felt. Those told from the perspective of the natives seemed superficial and, at times, condescending.
Bookaholic
Bănuiesc că dacă se întâmplă să te plimbi prin veldul nesfârşit al Africii de Sud, întinderea fără capăt, acoperită de ierburi ţi se va părea monocromă şi plată. Şi că de-abia dacă te vei apropia şi vei miji ochii, vei vedea câte culori ascunde.


Asta e impresia pe care mi-au lăsat-o şi Povestirile africane ale lui Doris Lessing. Nu e în ele nimic strident, nimic care să te ia de guler în timp ce citeşti. Dar dacă eşti atent, nu numai că vei avea ce să descoperi, ci vei deveni conştient şi de necu
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Sylwia
Jul 19, 2016 Sylwia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Znakomite, tak zakochałam się kiedyś w Doris Lessing
Laura
Jul 03, 2015 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
În medie a fost bine, dar unele povestiri nu știu ce-au vrut de la viața mea. Iar ultima („Foamea” cred c-o chema) a fost de-a dreptul chinuitoare. Personajul principal se voia un exponent al negrilor exploatați, cred, dar nu se putea să nu-l urăști cu spume (sau măcar să-l disprețuiești puternic). În ciuda asigurărilor autoarei (de cîteva ori pe fiecare pagină) că era un băiat foarte deștept, respectivul era remarcabil de prost. În afară de asta, mie-mi place Doris Lessing foarte mult, țin să p ...more
Txe Polon
Una recopilación de relatos de calidad bastante equilibrada, en el que la visión femenina de la autora deja su perceptible huella. De todos ellos, hay que destacar especialmente "The Story of a Non-Marrying Man", un genial juego de voces e historias encastadas sobre un inglés que vagabundea de pueblo en pueblo, de mujer en mujer, para encontrar la armonía haciéndose africano; y también "A Sunrise on the Veld", que cuenta con una belleza descriptiva excepcional en torno a un ciervo moribundo que ...more
Laureck Donios
Feb 28, 2015 Laureck Donios marked it as to-read
SO WONDERFUL
Karl
Oct 24, 2014 Karl rated it really liked it
I haven't read many short story collections, but these were pretty amazing...except for the longest ("Hunger" at 100+ pp), which I could have done without. The last vestiges of colonial rule in British Southern Africa....
Stela Cristea
Apr 28, 2013 Stela Cristea rated it it was amazing
Este o carte perfectă pentru vară: o călătorie în Africa. Mai exact, cea de la începutul colonizării de către europeni, cu ciocnirea inevitabilă a celor două civilizații. Foarte bine scrisă, atmosfera este grozavă.
Kathleen
Sep 19, 2016 Kathleen rated it really liked it
It helped understand these interesting stories since I do know a little bit about South African history and early life there. Very realistic stories and some a little sad.
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Heather
Jun 16, 2008 Heather rated it did not like it
I'm not thrilled so far ... I think I'm just not a fan of short stories ...
Charitianne
Jul 08, 2008 Charitianne rated it it was amazing
I love Doris Lessing, and I love this collection.
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Both of her parents were British: her father, who had been crippled in World War I, was a clerk in the Imperial Bank of Persia; her mother had been a nurse. In 1925, lured by the promise of getting rich through maize farming, the family moved to the British colony in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Like other women writers from southern African who did not graduate from high school (such as Oliv ...more
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