- Gebundene Ausgabe: 288 Seiten
- Verlag: Harper Collins Publ. UK (6. Juni 2005)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0007152809
- ISBN-13: 978-0007152803
- Verpackungsabmessungen: 21,6 x 14 x 3 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.237.356 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Story of General Dann and Mara's Daughter, Griot and the Snow Dog (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 6. Juni 2005
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'This is an unsettling but compelling novel - like a nihilistic version of "The Lord of the Rings" with a deeply flawed, Shakespearean tragic hero at its centre.' Financial Times'Lessing pierces the heart with the half quotations that Dann's scribes scribble down as the books fall to dust in their hands...Lessing has much wisdom to impart although she is astute enough not to preach but to pose some unsettling questions.' Maggie Gee, Sunday Times'It is so well done, written with such zest, imagination, sympathy and intelligence, that my prejudice against the sort of novel it is was soon disarmed...a piece of compelling narrative, wonderfully imagined.' Alan Massie, Spectator'Lessing engages the reader constantly...the plot is complicated, deliciously so...full of unobtrusive wisdom, the book is restless with curiosity and shrewd in its reading of human nature.' Scotsman'Lessing's new novel is as unsettling as anything she has ever written.' Independent'This visionary novel from one of the distinguished writers of the past 60 years is, fundamentally, an impassioned warning: dystopia could be the future.' Daily Mail -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.
The visionary new novel from one of the twentieth century's greatest writers. Doris Lessing returns to the world of visionary fiction, first visited in her 'Canopus in Argos' quintet of novels in the 1980s, and Mara and Dann, of which this is a sequel, in 1999. The earth's climate has changed -- it is colder than ever before -- and Dann, four in the first book, is now grown up and a general, and the man to whom everyone looks for guidance and leadership. Doris Lessing's new novel charts his adventures across the frozen wastes of the north, a journey that will eventually lead to the discovery of a secret library.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
It is a slightly disappointing sequel to "Mara and Dann" which lacks the latter's intensity because the plot is sluggish and less like the adventure the reader enjoyed in the first novel.
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This isn't the desperate, fast paced adventure that "Mara and Dann" was but it does explore some interesting themes. For instance, Dann is obsessed with what he does not know. He is constantly tantalized by fragments of knowledge and remnants of truth. He is frustrated by the complacent incuriosity of those around him and it begs the question: When are we satisfied with our knowledge, world, condition? When do we stop asking questions? It has me examining my own desire to learn and I can empathize with his frustration of apathy.
I haven't finished the book. As I said I am still waiting for the story to begin but I've had that same anticipatory feeling in other Lessing novels and found that I was missing the story, the crux, because I was expecting something else. Once I realized this I could settle down and appreciate the challenge and story she was sharing with the reader. She is a unique writer and her style defies stereotype. Doris Lessing is a true artist whose talent and method of conveyance would be impossible to teach.
On a lighter note a "snow dog" has been introduced as a central character and I like stories that have fuzzy animal friends.
Read it if you are a Lessing fan but not as an introduction to her work.
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