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Posted January 18, 2002
Novel-writing in classic splendid form.
This is novel-writing in classic, splendid form, with around-the-kitchen-table accessibility. In The Sweetest Dream the author, with 30 some books to her name, creates an irresistible force, objectively exploring the confusion of swinging London?s post WWII children as they boogie through the night in the 60s, and exhausted, drift into pot-sweetened dreams before awakening a decade later to clean up the social mess left behind. Author Doris Lessing is 82. She demonstrates how the decade was a different experience for men than for women. Lessings grasp of the issues and her political thrust proves remarkable. Frances Lennox cannot say no. An Earth Mother, she supports an extended family that includes drop-ins, and drop-outs, while her ex-husband, a leech, avoids family responsibility as he pursues an intellectual journey trying to save the world. A journalist, Frances tolerates too much. Through her and Lessing?s other well-crafted characters we see the themes that disturb the author. Action sweeps forward to Africa, and back to the life of Frances?s mother-in-law?s in the 1930s. The Sweetest Dream is opposite to the concept of The American Dream. Doris Lessing unearths the vacuity of our dreams that, sad to say, end up mocking us. David F. Eustace
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