“The Golden Notebook,” by Doris Lessing

Novel, 1962

Sprawling work exploring gender, power, politics and narrative in the 1960s. The broken up nature of this book and the fragmented, highly subjective approach lend an experimental feel, but also push the reader out to some extent. The graphic nature of some of the scenes and the political struggle also seem oddly dated, but also fairly prescient in these retrogressive times. A difficult read, however, not least for the huge size of the book and some of the references, which seem to have fallen into an idealised and disillusioned past.

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