Alfred and Emily
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Alfred and Emily

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Alfred and Emily is an intimate and revealing book by Doris Lessing, the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature and author of The Grass is Singing and The Golden Notebook, that explores the lives of her parents, each irrevocably damaged by the Great War. After beginning with a novella that portrays the happier life her parents would have led had there been no war, Lessing proceeds to tell the story of their marriage as it actually was in this "intriguing work . . . [that] shimmers with precisely remembered details." (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times)
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Product details

  • Paperback | 274 pages
  • 132.08 x 198.12 x 20.32mm | 113.4g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0060834897
  • 9780060834890
  • 972,508

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In this profoundly moving book, Nobel Laureate Doris Lessing explores the lives of her parents, each irrevocably damaged by the Great War. In the fictional first half of Alfred and Emily, she imagines the happier lives her parents might have made for themselves had there been no war. This is followed by a piercing examination of their relationship as it actually was in the shadow of the devastating global conflict.

"Here I still am," says Lessing, "trying to get out from under that monstrous legacy, trying to get free." Triumphantly, with Alfred and Emily, she has done just that.
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Review quote

A clever, moving coupling of fiction and nonfiction. ALFRED & EMILY is...a testament to [Lessing s] ongoing literary vitality. --Washington Post Book World"
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964 ratings
3.18 out of 5 stars
5 9% (83)
4 27% (264)
3 43% (416)
2 16% (153)
1 5% (48)
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