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BWW Lit Group – Doris Lessing’s “The Golden Notebook”

April 5 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join the BWW Lit Group as we read and discuss Doris Lessing’s “The Golden Notebook” over 8 weeks beginning Tuesday, March 29

“Doris Lessing’s novel deconstructs the life of Anna Wulf, a sometime-Communist and a deeply leftist writer living in postwar London with her small daughter. Anna is battling writer’s block, and, it often seems, the damaging chaos of life itself. The elements that made the book remarkable when it first appeared–extremely candid sexual and psychological descriptions of its characters and a fractured, postmodern structure–are no longer shocking. Nevertheless, The Golden Notebook has retained a great deal of power, chiefly due to its often brutal honesty and the sheer variation and sweep of its prose.”

A weekly breakdown and schedule for “The Golden Notebook” (page numbers from the Harper Perennial Modern Classics edition):

March 29 (Introductions optional): Pages 3 through 79

April 5: Pages 79 through 159

April 12: Pages 159 through 242

April 19: Pages 245 through 316

April 26: Pages 316 through 392

May 3: Pages 393 through 482

May 10: Pages 485 through 580

May 17: Pages 583 through 635

Same breakdown by sentence or section (for other editions or ebook):

March 29: beginning through “That is what I remember most clearly of the group during the period before we went to Mashopi and everything changed”

April 5: “The Gainsborough hotel was really a boarding house; a place people lived in for long stretches.” through “Every cloud has a silver lining.”

April 12: “Jean Barker. Wife of minor Party official” through end of Free Women: 1 The Notebooks

April 19: Free Women: 2 through “”

April 26: 15th September, 1954 through end of Free Women: 3 (before The Notebooks begins)

May 3: Free Women: 3 The Notebooks through end of Free Women: 3 The Notebooks

May 10: Free Women: 4 through end of Free Women: 4 The Notebooks

May 17: The Golden Notebook through the end

Please view for schedule of upcoming BWW workshops including future BWW Lit Group book selections.


Michael Sevy

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