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Well, this week’s challenge Tuesday is actually a challenge Wednesday, but you get the idea.

There’s only one book this week:

Book 24 – The Grandmothers, by Doris Lessing. This book is actually four stories, none of which relate to each other.

The theme, if there is one, is life not turning out as you hope; these are not joyful stories and societal norms are challenged repeatedly. I have to admit to not being a fan of Lessing’s writing; I nearly gave up partway into the first of the stories, but I did persevere and read them all.

What I found interesting was the scope of Lessing’s choices – we travel into the future, we see the past; we experience different social classes and experiences. I’m not convinced it all worked as well as it could but it was educational to see the variety one writer can bring to a book.

Overall, it didn’t make me want to seek out more of Lessing’s work but at least now I can see the breadth of her imagination.

Hopefully I’ll have more to discuss next time!

Happy reading,

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