The Cleft

The Cleft

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by Doris Lessing
     
 

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From Doris Lessing, "one of the most important writers of the past hundred years" (Times of London), comes a brilliant, darkly provocative alternative history of humankind’s beginnings.

In the last years of his life, a Roman senator embarks on one final epic endeavor, a retelling of the history of human creation. The

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From Doris Lessing, "one of the most important writers of the past hundred years" (Times of London), comes a brilliant, darkly provocative alternative history of humankind’s beginnings.

In the last years of his life, a Roman senator embarks on one final epic endeavor, a retelling of the history of human creation. The story he relates is the little-known saga of the Clefts, an ancient community of women with no knowledge of nor need for men. Childbirth was controlled through the cycles of the moon, and only female offspring were born—until the unanticipated event that jeopardized the harmony of their close-knit society: the strange, unheralded birth of a boy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061868269
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/13/2009
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,037,407
File size:
273 KB

Meet the Author

Winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature, Doris Lessing was one of the most celebrated and distinguished writers of our time, the recipient of a host of international awards, including the Somerset Maugham Award, the David Cohen Memorial Prize for British Literature, the James Tait Black Prize for best biography, Spain's Prince of Asturias Prize and Prix Catalunya, and the S. T. Dupont Golden PEN Award for a Lifetime's Distinguished Service to Literature.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
London, England
Date of Birth:
October 22, 1919
Place of Birth:
Persia (now Iran)

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Cleft 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tulip09 More than 1 year ago
Disturbing. I threw it away. No character development, nothing enjoyable, nor was it interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The describtion is amanzing. You really get sucked into the book enough to feel like your there, watching. It's a unique view upon how the our race began. Highly recommended for more "Grown up" minds Ages- 16 and up mostly for women. Men under 45 are to mentally inappropriatte
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
old-booklover More than 1 year ago
Very original, I agree, but I found it too strange for my taste.
NancyStier More than 1 year ago
In many was is about racism as it is about sexism. Details the nature and reliability of Scripture writing. The Historian attemopts to make a linear history out of the witness' story and distorts it with his own projections.