I still don't think I got my head around the wrapping conceit that Ms. Lessing used for this book, but I do know that it's the first time I finished a book and started it all over again. I'm halfway through the second read and it's as psychologically brilliant as the first read through. Her introduction alone is worth your time. Of course, it's arrogant to assume that the present has the monopoly on philosophical progress, but I am yet in awe as to how some things (about our consciousness and needs and wants - and how we perceive and understand these issues) never change.
As she points out, the Golden Notebook is not just about women or men, or about communism or politics, or about gender or sex wars, or about madness or consciousness. It's about all of it, one unabashed coiling open hungry human moment after another.