The Grass Is Singing

The Grass Is Singing

by Doris Lessing
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The Grass Is Singing by Doris Lessing

Set in South Africa under white rule, Doris Lessing's first novel is both a riveting chronicle of human disintegration and a beautifully understated social critique. Mary Turner is a self-confident, independent young woman who becomes the depressed, frustrated wife of an ineffectual, unsuccessful farmer. Little by little the ennui of years on the farm work their slow poison, and Mary's despair progresses until the fateful arrival of an enigmatic and virile black servant, Moses. Locked in anguish, Mary and Moses—master and slave—are trapped in a web of mounting attraction and repulsion. Their psychic tension explodes in an electrifying scene that ends this disturbing tale of racial strife in colonial South Africa.

The Grass Is Singing blends Lessing's imaginative vision with her own vividly remembered early childhood to recreate the quiet horror of a woman's struggle against a ruthless fate.

Author Biography:

Doris Lessing was born to 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, short stories, reportage, poems, and plays—and is considered among the most important writers of the postwar era. Her most recent works include two volumes of autobiography, Under My Skin and Walking in the Shade, and a novel, Mara and Dann.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060953461
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/28/2000
Series: Perennial Classics Series
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.57(d)

About 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.


London, England

Date of Birth:

October 22, 1919

Place of Birth:

Persia (now Iran)

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Grass Is Singing 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The world of Dick and Mary Turner is one I would not want to visit in person, but that doesn't mean I can't appreciate what Lessing has accomplished here. About half way through this relatively short novel, I simply could not stop turning the pages. This is both a masterful study in character (and its dissolution) and a trenchant social commentary. Since reading this book a few weeks ago, I've passed it on to two other readers who've had an almost identical reading experience. This is the sort of novel that would work extremely well in a book discussion group. Much to ponder and debate.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Entering the world of this novel is depressing enough, and the slow pace and denouement do not justify this entry into darkness.
DebSimon More than 1 year ago
Quiet and soft, yet heavy, dark, deep; a true masterpiece. Fiction by Doris Lessings, awarded the Nobel Piece Prize in literature. Not a book for the faint of heart. This book was Published in 1950 about a woman slowing going mad in an isolated corrupt south African society. It sent shivers down my spine I've never experienced before. I'm almost afraid to read her other work, yet fascinated by author Lessing's incredible genius.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by Doris Lessing and I know I will read more. Definitely worthy of a recommendation to my book group.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most moving and powerful books I have ever read. I felt their sadness and despair as if they were my own. Pitied their inability yo see and change.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Really interesting-- I actually didn't listen in class the whole time I was reading it, as I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It gave me a prefect view. And i think u can have a look at it?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Strange, haunting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I've ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wanders in