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The Sun Between Their Feet (Doris Lessing's Collected African Stories #2)

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The second volume of Doris Lessing’s Collected African Stories, and a classic work from the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.

"As for these stories – when I write one, it is as if I open a gate into a landscape which is always there. Time has nothing to do with it. A certain kind of pulse starts beating, and I recognise it: it is time I wrote another story from that
Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 1st 2007 by Flamingo (first published January 1st 1989)
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Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Although familiar with Doris Lessing’s novels, I have never read any of her short stories before. The ones in this volume, which is volume 2 of her collected African stories, I found very readable and illuminating about a world she knew intimately. Lessing lived in Africa for 25 years and understands the complexities of African life and society. In these stories she explores racial, cultural, political and social issues from both white and black perspectives and brings to bear her considerable l ...more
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Jun 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
As with all short story collections there are one or two that do not bear favourable comparison or provide any real interest, however most of these stories are very good indeed, providing a rare glimpse of life as a child growing up in Africa.
'Hunger', the novella at the end of the book is the only story that is not at least semi autobiographical, being the story of a village boy who ventures to the city and is seduced into a life of crime, but is exceptionally well written.
Kavyasrestha Khatai
Jan 31, 2017 rated it liked it
It was indeed an amazing idea to start 2017th Challenge with a Nobel prize winner's book.
"Africa gives you the knowledge that man is a small creature, among other creatures, in a large landscape."The book consists of several short stories of African bases. These stories stimulates memories from past and focuses on the beauty of Africa, the glare of it's sun and the wide open spaces. It contains the tales of poor farmers and their lonely wives, the storm air, the ant and the pomegranate and years
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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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