- Taschenbuch: 384 Seiten
- Verlag: Vintage; Auflage: Vintage Books. (12. August 1981)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0394749774
- ISBN-13: 978-0394749778
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,5 x 2 x 20,3 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 311.407 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Shikasta: Re, Colonised Planet 5 (Vintage International) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 12. August 1981
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“An audacious and disturbing work from one of the world’s great living writers.” –Paul Gray, Time“A stunning book…. Read it, read Lessing like a message of hope in dark times…read her for a winter’s evening entertainment; read her to nourish your soul.” –Frank Pierson, Los Angeles Times“If the subsequent novels sustain the power of Shikasta…this series may well be a masterpiece.” –The Atlantic
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Doris Lessing was born of British parents in Persia, in 1919, and moved with her family to Southern Rhodesia when she was five years old. She went to England in 1949 and has lived there ever since. She is the author of more than thirty books—novels, stories, reportage, poems, and plays. In 2007, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
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It endeavors to explain the phenomenon of "evil," and, from where I stand, it is more "inclusive" in its vision than most anything else I've been exposed to in this life.
At times, Lessing's images sing. At times they stumble and bog down, becoming overly concrete. But Lessing does not need to be forgiven as an author. One needs sunglasses and sunscreen just to read her. She's a modern day Cassandra holding a lightning rod for us: The ensuing flash illuminates the landscape all around us even as we inexorably move from one Age to the next.
Reading this book you get the authentic and real sense of an outside spectator to our own bloody history and decay over the ages. But not in a scalding way. On the contrary, the book shows genuine concern with this planet's destiny and the role that humans have played to lead it there. And don't expect any "see-it's-their-fault-not-mine".
A must read, I say therefore, for those who share these concerns and wnat to care about the future for all of us.
The reader is reassured by enough references to Earth history, but at the same time, Lessing doles out references to her larger cosmos. This is tricky to do, but I think that she does it in such a way that the reader is drawn in to learn more.
There are some slow sections, which become _very_ repetitive, and she is clearly taking issue with much of Earth (especially Western/materialism) society, but on the whole it is a very engaging book.