November 21, 1997 at 05:00 AM EST

Walking in the Shade: Volume Two of My Autobiography 1949-1962

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Doris Lessing
genre
Memoir, Biography
We gave it a B+

It’s fitting that Doris Lessing organizes this briskly meticulous memoir of her creative prime — from her move to London from southern Africa as a 30-year-old single mother to the success of her influential novel The Golden Notebook — by the addresses of her various London flats. Although she spins countless anecdotes on ”politics and personalities” from her years in the Communist party, vivid personal details — on a wrenching love affair, on her mulling walks alone at night — come too rarely. Walking in the Shade: Volume Two of My Autobiography 1949-1962 feels like an impressive house without quite enough windows. B+

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