The Real Thing: Stories and Sketches (Paperback)

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The Real Thing: Stories and Sketches (Paperback)

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"Doris Lessing has a powerful voice and a particular one. It speaks in anger at the distortion of personal relations ion a unsound society, but speaks it with a wit that manages to be both pitiless and compassionate." — Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times

The stories and sketches in this collection penetrate to the heart of human experience with the passion and intelligence readers have come to expect of Doris Lessing. Most of the pieces are set in contemporary London, a city the author loves for its variety, its diversity, the way it connects the life of animals and birds in the parks to the streets. Lessing's fiction also explores the darker corners of relationships between women and men, as in the rich and emotionally complex title story, in which she uncovers a more parlous reality behind the façade of the most conventional relationship between the sexes.

Winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature, Doris Lessing was one of the most celebrated and distinguished writers of our time, the recipient of a host of international awards. She wrote more than thirty books—among them the novels Martha Quest, The Golden Notebook, and The Fifth Child. She died in 2013.

Product Details ISBN: 9780060924171
ISBN-10: 0060924179
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: June 16th, 1993
Pages: 224
Language: English

"[The Real Thing] showcases the uncompromising realism that first won Doris Lessing fame...A real treat for Lessing fans." — Wendy Smith, Cleveland Plain Dealer

"A rich portrait of contemporary London...As always, Lessing expertly deciphers the complex relationships that characterize modern life." — New York Times Book Review

"Doris Lessing has a powerful voice and a particular one. It speaks in anger at the distortion of personal relations ion a unsound society, but speaks it with a wit that manages to be both pitiless and compassionate." — Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times

"The most accessible and lyrical of [Doris Lessing's] books, it registers the pulse of a modern metropolis." — Robert Taylor, Boston Globe