In Pursuit of the English : A Documentary
Lessing records the joys and terrors of everyday life in a rooming house during her postwar years there in this brilliant portrait of working-class life in London."One of the most authentic books ever written about the English....Funny, touching and so real that the smell and taste of London seem to rise from its pages." "--San Francisco Chronicle"
- Paperback | 224 pages
- 140.7 x 214.9 x 16.8mm | 179.15g
- 13 Jul 1999
- HarperCollins Publishers Inc
- New York, NY, United States
Back cover copy
'In Pursuit of the English' is a novelist's account of a lusty, quarrelsome, unscrupulous, funny, pathetic, full-blooded life in a working-class rooming house. It is a shrewd and unsentimental picture of Londoners you have probably never met or even read about--though they are the real English. In swift, barbed style, in high, hard, farcical writing that is eruptively funny, Doris Lessing records the joys and terrors of everyday life.
"One of the most authentic books ever written about the English....Funny, touching and so real that the smell and taste of London seem to rise from its pages.""-- San Francisco Chronicle""Eloquent...Wry and ribald...[Lessing's] impressive gifts for characterization and dialogue, her skill as a raconteur and her tartly humorous style combine to make "In Pursuit of the English" readable and amusing."-- "New York Times""No other writer, from any continent, has this raceless, classless fellowship combined with total physical receptiveness...Mrs. Lessing has always been more than a regional moral messenger; she is a prospector into the minds, spirit and senses of all, imaginatively at home anywhere."-- "The Times" (London)"A magnificent book, quite staggering in its penetration of the ordinary working-class Londoner's nature."-- Cyril Dunn, "Washington Post"