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Jenny (Reading Envy)
Mar 25, 2009 marked it as did-not-finish
I read 50 pages of this and even then found myself skimming. The use of the n- word, I understand it is socially appropriate for Rhodesia at the time, but hard to take. This is Lessing's first book and I think it shows; the dialogue is a bit plodding and what should have been exciting (murder! sex!) was made somehow mundane. I'll still read more of her, but maybe not this book.
Kecia
Oct 11, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in stories of colonialism
Only a glimmer of the brilliance that would later produce The Golden Notebook. I was captivated by the story of Mary going from a happy single life but to nightmare of a marriage, because she bowed to peer pressure; and less by the story of Mary's relationship with Moses which seemed cliche.

1997 I met a girlfried, who was living in Angola, in Cape Town, South Africa. We dined one evening with a man she knew somehow, a professor perhaps, and his wife. The wife was from Rhodesia. We talked about
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Chas
Aug 28, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Rachel
Jan 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, africa
Kelly Huddleston
Oct 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
leyla
Apr 15, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: novel
Lucy
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1001-booklist
claire moldrich
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Kat
May 03, 2017 marked it as to-read
Tara
Feb 11, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-read-fic
Arianna
Mar 18, 2015 marked it as to-read
Jasveen
Mar 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
LISA
Feb 11, 2008 marked it as to-read
Nicole
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 1001-books, 2012
Lara
Jan 11, 2009 marked it as own-unread  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Amanda
Jul 12, 2015 marked it as to-read
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May 21, 2012 added it
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Christi
Aug 06, 2013 marked it as to-read
Nanci Svensson
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Amber
Jun 28, 2009 marked it as to-read
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Bette
Jan 23, 2009 marked it as to-read
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