After falling in love with an American writer threatened with insanity, Anna resolves to combine the four notebooks she keeps into a single golden notebook, thus merging the recollections of her experience in Africa, her thoughts on politics and communism, a draft of a novel she is writing and her personal memoirs. Read by Juliet Stevenson.
This novel is widely considered to be Lessing's masterpiece. Anna Wulf, a writer living in London, attempts to conquer the chaos of her life by using five notebooks as journals: the black one deals with her life in colonial Africa, the red is her Communist experiences, the yellow is a more or less fictionalized chronicle of Anna's alter ego Ella, and the blue is a diary of Anna's day to day life. The golden notebook involves Anna's integration of herself through analysis. The novel also contains Anna's own novel, called "Free Women." Complex, layered, psychological, "The Golden Notebook" was hailed as a feminist work when it was originally published--yet its appeal goes beyond sexual politics to consider the construction, disintegration, and rebuilding of a personality in a way that has reached readers, both male and female, for many years since.
- Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
- Family + Friendship, Human Qualities + Behavior, Conflicts + Dualities, Politics, Love + Relationships + Sex, Types of Characters, Philosophy, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, General, Action + Thrillers
- June 1, 2010
- June 1, 2010
- Doris May Lessing
- Juliet Stevenson (Narrator)