Doris Lessing wins Nobel Prize
Posted 11 October 2007 - 04:22 AM
Posted 11 October 2007 - 06:20 AM
Doris Lessing was actually born in the then Persia, but moved as a small child to Rhodesia -she now lives in London.
Anyway, a very astute lady, she is now 88. Hope that she will feel up to attending the ceremony and banquet.
My apologies once more
Posted 11 October 2007 - 09:23 AM
Posted 11 October 2007 - 09:51 AM
Posted 11 October 2007 - 10:30 AM
(There's a video that is not working for me right now; the link is on the page from the article.)
and The New York Times:
The Times story has a wild photo of her sitting on her back steps with the media all around her.
Posted 15 October 2007 - 08:24 AM
Other than Harold Bloom who was very widely quoted as saying her selection was “pure political correctness.”
I first read "The Golden Notebook" when I was about twenty years old in the days when I virtually devoured books. I picked it up again a couple of days ago and, two hundred pages in, find that it is much more enthralling than I recalled. Anna's life is an epic. Lessing uses these sudden but so subtle as to be almost unnoticable shifts in the point of view of the narrator to tell Anna's story in great and greatly readable detail.
The sins of the Nobel committee for the literature prize are and must be of omission--while a case can always be for chosing any year's winner over the rest of the field there have been some inexplicable exclusions. There was a window of about thirty years in which Graham Greene could have won, to cite one of the (for me) most egregiously unexplainable examples.
But Lessing is wonderful. My reading and re-reading of her will probably start and stop with "The Golden Notebook" and I am very happy to have rediscovered her.
Posted 15 October 2007 - 01:31 PM
Greene probably made them too nervous – who knew what he’d say? It’s a pity, too, because usually a writer gets the Nobel when he’s older and past his peak, and Greene improved with the years.
Audio links to Lessing reading from her works, below:
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