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                            Doris Lessing The Grass is Singing
Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
Chapter Nine
Chapter Ten
Chapter Eleven
Doris Lessing
                        
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Set in Rhodesia, this is the story of Dick, a failed white farmer and his wife,
Mary, dependent and disappointed. Both are trapped by poverty, and in the heat
of the brick and tin house, hemmed in by the bush, Mary finds herself seeking
solace in the arms of the houseboy.

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The Grass Is Singing is Doris Lessing's classic first novel.
It is the story of the murder of a poor white woman by her black houseboy.

It is a portrait of the woman's marriage to a luckless farmer, a union doomed to
failure before they had even met. And it is an evocation of the country in which
they lived – Rhodesia.

In The Grass Is Singing, the harsh, majestic beauty and the remorseless
social values of white Southern Africa come violently, brilliantly to life.

'Original and striking… full of those terrifying touches of truth, seldom
mentioned but instantly recognized' – NEW STATESMAN

'A first novel of astonishing accomplishment' – DAILYTELEGRAPH

Doris Lessing

Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
Chapter Nine
Chapter Ten
Chapter Eleven
Doris Lessing

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Doris Lessing

Doris Lessing was born of British parents in Persia in 1919 and was taken
to Southern Rhodesia when she was five. She spent her childhood on a large
farm there and first came to England in 1949. She brought -,kith her the
manuscript off her first novel, The Grass is Singing, which was published in
1950 with outstanding success in Britain, in America, and in ten European
countries. Since then her international reputation not only as a novelist, but as a
nonfiction and short-story writer has flourished.

For her collection of short novels, Five, she was honored with the Somerset
Maugham Award. She was awarded the Austrian State Prize for European
Literature 1981, and the German Federal Republic Shakespeare Prize of 1982.

Among her other celebrated novels are the five-volume Children of
Violence series, The Golden Notebook, The Summer Before the Dark, and
Memoirs of a Survivor.

Many of her short stories have been collected in two volumes entitled To
Room Nineteen and The Temptation of Jack Orkney; while her African stories

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appear in This Was the Old Chief’s Country and The Sun. Between Their Feet.
Shikasta, the first in the series of novels with the overall title of CANOPUS

IN ARGOS: was published in 1979; the second; ‘The Marriages Between Zones’
Three, Four, and Five, in 1980; the third; ‘The Sirian Experiments’, in 1981,
when it was short-listed for the Booker Connell Prize; the fourth; ‘The Making
of the Representative for Planet S’, in 1982; and the fifth; ‘The Sentimental
Agents in the Volyen Empire’, in 1983.


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