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Playing The Game

2.60  ·  Rating Details  ·  15 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Like the author's Canopus in Argos novels, this graphic novel is an exercise in speculative imagination. It marks a venture into new creative territory for Lessing, and is illustrated by the young British artist Daniel Vallely.
Paperback, 62 pages
Published December 4th 1995 by HaperCollins (first published February 1st 1994)
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Because I felt so enthralled to discover that one of my very favourite authors had created a short graphic-novel of course I wanted to love this book, but grrr, I absolutely and entirely did not; Doris Lessing and illustrator Charlie Adlard left me feeling cold and confused.

Here's the blurb from the back page:

'"I am Spacer Joe Magnifico Simpatico"

The irresistible power of a young man's faith in himself brings the sublime Francesca Bird to his aid. Together they play the game, hoping to rise far,
Mikael Kuoppala
Nov 30, 2011 Mikael Kuoppala rated it did not like it
Doris Lessing scripted this messy fantasy comic that is crammed full of obvious clichés which take away all the space normally reserved for plot, original ideas and themes. It truly feels as if Lessing has written this somehow completely distracted by something else, investing zero personal involvement. She has proven her uncanny tendency to produce extremely uneven work ranging from brilliant to godawful many times. “Playing the Game” falls into the abysmally pointless and tedious part of the b ...more
Dorothy Lessing does a graphic novel. Not sure what to think after reading it -- I guess it could be called adventurous but I was left scratching my head. I can't say I liked it; it may have been a good idea that needed fleshing out. The world of this story was just confusing and even with the illustrations was not built up enough. There was no engagement with the characters or anything to be gained from reading the story. Life is like a games of snakes and ladders or life is like the roll of th ...more
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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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