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A Man and Two Women: Stories

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Published November 1984 by Touchstone Book/Simon & Schuster (first published December 1st 1963)
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Zuzulique
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Kniha je napisana fascinujucim jazykom, v tomto pripade je forma viac nez obsah, no niektore poviedky mali oba atributy. Najviac ma dostala posledna, ako sa hovori, najlepsie na zaver - Pokoj c.19, no vyborne boli i mnohe ine, davkovala som si vzdy iba jednu denne.
Justyna
moja ulubiona noblistka feministyczna (obok Morrison), którą czytam wszędzie i zawsze, ale te opowiadania niestety bardzo nierówne,
chociaż patrząc na czas powstania- wyprzedzają swoją epokę milowymi krokami,
(Lessing już w latach 60 XX wieku opisywała zjawiska takie jak: cat calling, wolf-whistlings)
Alan
Jul 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories
has two of my favourite stories (in the top 50). The first story, the brutal 'One off the Short List' and the last, the amazing 'To Room Nineteen'.
2012: another cover gone missing, and this one is so inappropriate it has to go up.. I'll do it...
Kristen
Sep 12, 2011 rated it liked it
many interesting tales of complicated love. (all kinds)
Róbert Šedivý
Tušil som, že to nebude márne. Na moje príjemné prekvapenie som sa však ponoril do skvelých textov. Doris Lessing sa díva na svet s vľúdnou tvárou. Píše tak, že sa dokáže dotknúť sŕdc aj tých najväčších cynikov. A pritom nerobí nič iné len rozpráva príbehy.

Uvedená zbierka zahŕňajúca 19 poviedok zastihla autorku vo výbornej forme. Jednotlivé texty možno rozdeliť podľa geografického kľúča na britské a juhoafrické. Kým v Británii (hlavne v Londýne) sleduje predovšetkým vzťahové, rodové a rodinné t
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Drew
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Few writers have the perspicacity of Doris Lessing when it comes to matters of class and sex. Her observations about social climbing ("Notes for a Case History"), date rape ("One off the Short List"), and diplomacy ("Outside the Ministry") often jolt one into a new awareness of the world around us. Sometimes, it's just a sketch about dreams ("A Room"), sometimes a fairly long tale that ends in depression ("To Room Nineteen") but in "A Man and Two Women," Lessing is always grappling with big idea ...more
Vinayak
Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Good to read.
Therese Dotray-Tulloch
Loved being introduced to Doris Lessing when two of Timothy's college friends came to visit us in Zaire. Love her writing!
Stacey Moss
May 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Overall, the tone of the book is depressing. The stories are about unhappy people (women usually the focus). But depressing material can also be insightful. The stand-out in that regard was the last story, To Room Nineteen. Really heavy, but poignant and thought-provoking.
The first few stories on the other hand were a miss for me (One Off the Short List, The Story of Two Dogs, and A Woman on a Roof, particularly). They're not pleasant stories that are meant to be enjoyed, though, so I think tha
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Thomas
May 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
This collection of short stories gets four stars largely because of how much I liked the first and last of them. They are all on the more readable of Lessing's output, but I found myself not caring about most of the stories. But the first and the last packed emotional wallops that make me now want to keep the ratty old mass market edition that I was all set to give away.
Guillermo
Varios cuentos de una etapa joven o de mediana edad de Doris. Me gustaron algunos simples (Dos perros) y algunos complejos. Un par pecan de ambiciosos (y de alegóricos).
Eso sí, no hay mucha alegría y en general el desamor domina la escena.
Jo-Anne King
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh my heart hurts.
Donna Elliot
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing, versatile, worldly-wise author is Doris Lessing. I loved this selection of short stories, so many were poignant and evoked universal human feelings and experiences.
Amy Plum
Feb 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Holy cow can this woman write! Probably why she just won the Nobel Prize for Literature. These are short stories - good for parents of young children.
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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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