The Sweetest Dream

The Sweetest Dream

Book - 2003
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Doris Lessing returns to realistic fiction with a novel that looks long and hard at the 60's and evokes the sharply different male and female experiences of that turbulent period.
Publisher: New York : HarperPerennial, 2003, c2002.
ISBN: 9780060937553
Branch Call Number: LES
Characteristics: 479 p.


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May 07, 2015

We meet a family in London in the 1960's and follow them through to the end of the century. This was a time of great change and as I read I wondered how can Francis Lennox be like she is? so accepting and calm when all these children, some hers and some not, come and go in her home and expect the system that they are railing against to just support them without giving anything back. We see them loll around, shoplift, party and then show up at the dinner table ready to be fed and watered. Life goes on and we are introduced to them as middle-aged adults and find that the legacy of entitlement has been visited upon Africa where the effects are staggering. I found this a compelling read even though I was angry through much of it.

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