A Ripple from the Storm

A Ripple from the Storm

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Martha Quest, the embodied heroine of the Children of Violence series, has been acclaimed as one of the greatest fictional creations in the English language. In a Ripple from the Storm, Doris Lessing charts Martha Quest's personal and political adventures in race-torn British Africa, following Martha through World War II, a grotesque second marriage, and an excursion into Communism. This wise and starling novel perceptively reveals the paradoxes, passions, and ironies rooted in the life of twentieth-century Anglo-Africa. A Ripple from the Storm is the third novel in Doris Lessing's classic Children of Violence sequence of novels, each a masterpiece in its own right, and, taken together, an incisive and all-encompassing vision of our world in the twentieth century.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 22.86mm | 294.83g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Harperperennial ed.
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0060976640
  • 9780060976644
  • 368,037

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"Absorbing reading...Lessing conveys [with great clarity] the emotions, aspirations and constant self-questing of Martha Quest, her most powerful character.""-- Sunday Times (London)""I read the Children of Violence novels and began to understand how a person could write about the problems of the world in a compelling and beautiful way, and it seemed to me that was the most important thing I could ever do."-- Barbara Kingsolver"There can't, I suppose, be anyone left who reads modern fiction at all and isn't aware of the importance of Doris Lessing's work...Lessing knows just what she is doing and a real, densely imagined, completely credible world emerges."-- John Wain, "Observer""Doris Lessing, of all the postwar English novelists, is the foremost creative descendant of that great tradition' which includes George Eliot and D. H. Lawrence."-- "New York Times Book Review""She is a mature ad valuable artist, adventurous in the mysteries of daily life, thoughtful, passionate, true."-- Stanley Kauffmann
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497 ratings
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4 44% (220)
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2 4% (18)
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