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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,875 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Doris Lessing Narrator: Juliet Stevenso Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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One of the most important books of the growing feminist movement of the 1950s, The Golden Notebook was brought to the attention of a wider public by the Nobel Prize award to Doris Lessing in 2007.

Author Anna Wulf attempts to overcome writer's block by writing a comprehensive golden notebook that draws together the preoccupations of her life, each of which is examined in a different notebook: sources of her creative inspiration in a black book, communism in a red book, the breakdown of her marriage in a yellow book, and day-to-day emotions and dreams in a blue book. Anna's struggle to unify the various strands of her life  - emotional, political, and professional  - amasses into a fascinating encyclopaedia of female experience in the '50s.

In this authentic, taboo-breaking novel, Lessing brings the plight of women's lives from obscurity behind closed doors into broad daylight. The Golden Notebook resonates with the concerns and experiences of a great many women and is a true modern classic, thoroughly deserving of its reputation as a feminist bible. A notoriously long and complex work, it is given a new life by this  - its first unabridged recording.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by David Burk | 2/19/2014

    " This book was hard for me. I reckon it counts as post-modern, a genre with which I have little experience. It gives a thorough glimpse at the author/narrator's life and perspective. The thing for me, that perspective---that of an almost-communist 1950s independent, atheist British woman artist---is quite low down on my list of perspectives I'd like to understand. Additionally, I was unimpressed by the world/society she CHOOSES to live in. Everyone---every single character---seemed overly self-absorbed. And there's not a character in the book that doesn't have an affair. I guess it was an important book in the feminist movement, but that is hard for me to appreciate since nothing in it seems novel to me, a child of the current era. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Karyn | 2/17/2014

    " There were some completely brilliant sections, but overall quite slow and a bit dated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ramya | 2/16/2014

    " Absolutely reflective of inner chaos based on modern chaos told in an intimate and leisurely pace. Some how part IV is very different and feels rushed and more fragmented -- but maybe it's supposed to be. Wonderful book for those querying their writing motives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mary Banda | 2/11/2014

    " this book is outstanding, it feels like it is alive. the experience of reading this book had me question my life and self. i felt as if i was watching my life from above as i read this book. an very deep experience to read this book. "

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