Doris Lessing
The Golden Notebook
March 20, 2020 Comments.. 297
The Golden Notebook Anna is a writer author of one very successful novel who now keeps four notebooks In one with a black cover she reviews the African experience of her earlier year In a red one she records her poli

  • Title: The Golden Notebook
  • Author: Doris Lessing
  • ISBN: 9780586037959
  • Page: 429
  • Format: Paperback
  • Anna is a writer, author of one very successful novel, who now keeps four notebooks In one, with a black cover, she reviews the African experience of her earlier year In a red one she records her political life, her disillusionment with communism In a yellow one she writes a novel in which the heroine reviles part of her own experience And in the blue one she keeps a pAnna is a writer, author of one very successful novel, who now keeps four notebooks In one, with a black cover, she reviews the African experience of her earlier year In a red one she records her political life, her disillusionment with communism In a yellow one she writes a novel in which the heroine reviles part of her own experience And in the blue one she keeps a personal diary Finally, in love with an American writer and threatened with insanity, Anna tries to bring the threads of all four books together in a golden notebook.

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    1. Lisa says:

      "It is the storyteller, the dream-maker, the myth-maker, that is our phoenix, that represents us at our best, and at our most creative." Maybe 50 or 100 pages into the novel, I knew (and felt it as a physical sensation, a shiver going down my spine) that Doris Lessing had written the perfect description of the compartmentalised psyche of the modern world. The myth of my times! I don't share each political view she demonstrated in the red notebook, but I can certainly see myself writing a politic [...]

    2. Petra X says:

      Given up because although it was well written and the characters developed well early on, I just have no interest at all in the upper middle class who have angst and money instead of housework and jobs. They pontificated about sex and politics and other people's affairs when the rest of the country were out working and thinking of who was cooking dinner that night and whether or not tuppence on the tax each week was going to make school trips a bit difficult. Just not what I want to read about r [...]

    3. Glenn Sumi says:

      Dear class: Welcome to an exclusive seminar on Doris Lessing’s classic 1962 novel The Golden Notebook!Let’s start with a quiz, shall we? 1. What’s the best reason for reading this book?A) It’s a feminist classic, and still speaks to feminists – male and female – today.B) It’s a seminal contemporary novel, and its challenging structure – there’s a traditional novel about a London writer named Anna Wulf, interspersed with four notebooks that individually address Anna’s various [...]

    4. Jeffrey Keeten says:

      *****WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE*****“I was filled with such a dangerous delicious intoxication that I could have walked straight off the steps into the air, climbing on the strength of my own drunkenness into the stars. And the intoxication, as I knew even then, was the recklessness of infinite possibility.”I would say that Miss Lessing was very fetching when she was younger, but I don’t want to be accused of objectifying her. :-) Anna keeps four notebooks, each representing [...]

    5. Aubrey says:

      If before this book you wanted to be a writer, if after you finished it you still wanted to be a writer, then all the power to you.What concerns us here is an English white heterosexual female, mother, author, communist. Upper-class, unmarried, unconsciously feminist. Neurotic, classist, homophobic, probably racist, there aren’t enough interactions with people of color to tell, but it seems likely considering the upbringing, the upbringing of the English society attuned to her personal attribu [...]

    6. Dolors says:

      “Art is the mirror of our betrayed ideals” page 385.Still under the effects of the inebriating The Brothers K, I thought the best way to overcome a book hungover was to get drunk again. Reckless and foolish, I know.My head still spinning around and my heart wrenched into a tight ball as I write these lines. “The Golden notebook” is not a kind book.It has challenged my patience and tolerance with its apparent non direction. I have even despised Anna, the narrator of the story, thinking he [...]

    7. Rowena says:

      “I see I am falling into the self-punishing, cynical tone again. Yet how comforting this tone is, like a sort of poultice on a wound.” — Doris Lessing, The Golden NotebookThis big book is well worth the effort. Having started my foray into Lessing’s work through her non-fiction, I was curious how her intellect would feature in her fiction writing. This definitely wasn’t a light read; the subject matter was pretty serious- life, feminism, politics, Africa and so on. The story revolves a [...]

    8. Cheryl says:

      It's about contradictions, I first told a friend as we discussed this book: The same person who orders a diet coke, has ice cream for dessert; someone orders fat-free salad dressing with a side order of french fries. Take Beyonce's new single Hold Up: supposedly this woman (who we'll pretend is not Beyonce) is known as the "baddest woman in the game" and yet she's "up in [this guy's] sheets" while he repeatedly cheats on her, but never mind that, she'll still hold him down, even while she's trea [...]

    9. Ruth says:

      I created a new shelf, "aborted," specifically for this book (& any future ones that I stop reading). Apparently it's an important novel & has been very influential, but I found it terribly tedious. 126 pages in, I found myself sinking into a foul mood: the characters are minutely analyzed but still feel remote, & the central conflict at that point (the beginnings of the collapse of hope & a sense of purpose among a group of Communist Party members), which would normally fascina [...]

    10. Madeline says:

      "'In what way are you different? Are you saying there haven’t been artist-women before? There haven’t been women who were independent? There haven’t been women who insisted on sexual freedom! I tell you, there are a great line of women stretching out behind you into the past, and you have to seek them out and find them in yourself and become conscious of them.''They didn’t look at themselves as I do. They didn’t feel as I do. How could they? I don’t want to be told when I wake up, te [...]

    11. Ahmad Sharabiani says:

      The golden notebook, c2007, Doris Lessing تاریخ نخستین خوانش: دوم ماه مارس سال 2009 میلادیعنوان: دفتر یادداشت طلایی؛ اثر: دوریس لسینگ؛ برگردان: اصغر اندرودی؛ نشر: «کرج، در دانش بهمن، ‫1387 در 586 ص، شابک:‏ 9789641740834؛ موضوع: داستان‌های انگلیسی -- قرن ۲۰مماجرای نویسنده‌ ای به نام: «آنا والف» را باز می‌گو [...]

    12. Ahmed says:

      دوريس ليسنج من أحب الأقلام الإنجليزية لقلبي على الاطلاق , كاتبة ممتازة بمعنى الكلمة , متمكنة من ادوات أدبها ومسيطرة عليها , كاتبة قادرة على أن تضعك في عالمها وتدمجك به , لتجعلك تتأثر بالأحداث والشخصيات . والأهم من كل ذلك أنها كاتبة مخلصة لقضيتها ولأدبها . ونادرًا ما تجد لها عمل [...]

    13. Hadrian says:

      Lessing wrote a deeply profound book here, and I'm rather ashamed that I only ever got around to reading her only after the news of her passing. I've heard The Golden Notebook described as a feminist novel, which is not entirely wrong, but gives only a part of the whole picture. Instead, it could be interpreted as a comprehensive and overwhelming portrait of the minds and self-expressions of women, but also with brutal honesty about emotion and sex being caught within the currents of history. Th [...]

    14. Sidharth Vardhan says:

      (The spoilers are no spoiler. They just go into some of my intellectual queries which have little to do with book.)Another of those books that would have been better if it was shorter. The book has several divisions and each division has a section of a short novella 'Free Women' (by omniscient narrator) and sections of diaries Anna, the protagonist, keeps.Now, as a matter of principle I do not don't laugh, I'm perfectly capable of having principles, so, I was saying As a matter of principle, I [...]

    15. Manny says:

      I was discussing Flaubert the other day with notgettingenough, and remarked on how surprisingly different all his books are. Salammbô, as I say in my review, is completely different from Madame Bovary. La Tentation de Saint Antoine, which I'm currently reading, is completely different from both of them. But apart from Madame Bovary, firmly established as one of the most famous novels of all time, Flaubert's books are not widely read these days. You get the impression that people wish he'd done [...]

    16. Jennifer (aka EM) says:

      Lessing herself came to view The Golden Notebook as a failure, and I think she was right. What she meant was that the innovation and experimentation she intended as the novel’s central point and raison d’être was misunderstood by readers with an infernally stubborn insistence on wanting to figure out its theme, meaning, intent, and relevance to their own lives. Readers invested - and continue to invest - it with whatever agenda they bring to it in the first place, and interpret it conventio [...]

    17. K.D. Absolutely says:

      This most is the influential and most talked-about 1962 novel of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature recipient, Doris Lessing. She was the 11th female who received the prize and the oldest (91 y/o) person ever to have won it.Reading this 634-page dense novel was not a easy thing for me. There were times that I wanted to put it down and create a new shelf "Started But Not Finished" or probably "To Be Continued Someday." However, I have a promise to myself to finish all the books I started. So I k [...]

    18. Drew says:

      Like every really, really good book I read, this one left me somewhat at a loss for words. Nonetheless, I'll try to do it some justice if I can.I hesitated to read this book for a long time because of the description it always gets: Anna, a writer, keeps four different notebooks, one about her experiences in Africa, one about the Communist Party, one of autobiographical fiction, and one that's a diary. At the end of her psychic chain and in love with an American writer, she decides to combine th [...]

    19. Pink says:

      I have to give this five huge stars. Even though I had problems with the last few chapters, this was never a chore to get through. I looked forward to reading it each day and enjoyed each of the notebooks, as different as they were. This is a feminist novel in as much as it's about female characters and their sexual relationships, but it's more of a look at mental breakdown, in a post war, communist party era. Masterful writing, as expected from Lessing and highly recommended.

    20. Weinz says:

      And thus ends my summer of "I am WOMAN". Having read only female writers for the last four months (with a momentary departure for Dostoevsky) I feel I have rid myself of the phalocentricities of my normal reading. An egotistical misogynist cleansing. **warning, teeny tiny spoilers but not really but kinda**This novel is similar to other revolutionary books of the past (On the Road is the first one that comes to mind) I think that we have progressed beyond its original shock value. Its original r [...]

    21. Huy says:

      Cuốn sách ngốn trọn hơn nửa tháng của mình để đọc xong. Mặc dù sách rất dày, khổ to, cầm mỏi hết cả tay nhưng mà mình đọc khá là nhẩn nha, không hề gấp gáp gì hết.Có thể nói Doris Lessing rất tham vọng khi viết nên một cuốn sách đồ sộ, có cấu trúc khá là phức tạp (nhưng lại không hề khó đọc) nói về rất nhiều vấn đề.Đặt lại bối cảnh lịch sử của cuốn sách, khi xã hội th [...]

    22. Edan says:

      I just found out Doris Lessing won the Nobel, and now I feel compelled to explain my one star review of her most famous book.My gal pals and I read this over the course of a humid Iowa City summer, as part of a short lived and ill-conceived book club. We met once a week in a different apartment (though I can only imagine us at Kiki's place), to drink champagne and discuss the novel. Complain is really what we did--and then I went home with a champagne headache. None of us liked this novel, and I [...]

    23. Janet says:

      I read the Golden Notebook at the height of the journaling movement of the 1970's, Ira Progroff and his intensive journal-writing workshops, consciousness-raising, his whole approach to the examined self, the examined life. The feminist project was in full bloom, as well. I was also deely in love with the The Diaries of Anais Nin, her minute examination of emotion and interacting with others, the exploration of self, probably the greatest single factor in my decision to become a writer. The Gold [...]

    24. Eric Muhr says:

      This book is too often read as a feminist polemic, or as an exploration of madness, or as an overtly political story (mostly communist). That's not the point. The central character, Anna, an artist with a block, demonstrates through her attempts to keep life compartmentalized (her means of getting at the truth of existence) and a resulting breakdown that madness may be the only path to sanity. After all, nothing less than a complete breakdown is strong enough to tear down our artificial walls an [...]

    25. Jacob Appel says:

      Truly one of the greatest novels of the modern era -- ranking alongside The French Lieutenant's Woman among the defining works of British post-modernism -- Lessing's The Golden Notebook is as remarkable today as it must have been when it appeared half a century ago. Rather than a novel within a novel, one has a novel within a series of notebooks, each diary containing a particular segment of Anna Wulf's life. Yet to read this novel for the intricate plotting or the interplay of novel and noteboo [...]

    26. Rachel León says:

      Wow. This novel struck me on so many levels. Structurally and creatively it is an achievement, but the depth and insight was what tugged at me the most. That and how Lessing put into words thoughts and feelings I've had myself making the book both a comfort and a little unsettling, like at times it held up a mirror to my soul.

    27. Stela says:

      While living under Ceausescu's regime, in those days that even today I'm not able to remember without a combination of sadness and irritation, I used to be very angry with Western Socialist and Communist Parties that dared to continue to exist in spite of the big revelations of the Gulags and the murders and the terror. I was thinking then that the persistence of such organizations could be explained either by a naive and blind idealism nurtured under the wing of a comfortable capitalist democra [...]

    28. Nancy says:

      I read this novel when I was 19, a very unhappy college student and have never forgotten it. The Golden Notebook explored the role of women during the beginning of the feminist movement (it was originally published in 1962), as well as politics, especially British politics, in the decades before and after World War II. The main character, Anna Wulf, is a writer, which is another reason I think I liked it so much. I even made my then boyfriend, now husband, read The Golden Notebook, and he liked [...]

    29. lorinbocol says:

      brani sparsi davvero belli, e una scrittura che ho parecchio amato (anche in traduzione). però c’è troppo, troppo, che fa pensare di assistere a una seduta d’autocoscienza femminileno stra-certa che a inizio anni ‘60 questo libro si sia meritato il suo impatto dirompente. ma reclamo i vantaggi letterari che mi spettano nell’esser nata dopo la rivoluzione sessuale.«mi portò a letto e allora seppi che cos’era che non andava. gli chiesi se era sempre così. ne fu sconcertato (e ciò m [...]

    30. Chris says:

      2016 Book Club Read for Sept.It took me three tries to make it though this book. Three times. This third time, I don't know what it was but after about 50 pages, I just didn't want to put the book down. This is slightly strange because the people are largely unlikable.The novel has a frame story, and then presents the notebooks of the central character, Anna. The notebooks are a chronicle, perhaps, of her life (both fictional and real) and her mind. They are her attempt to break writer's block o [...]

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