The character keeps four notebooks which she weaves into one golden notebook. One quote that could apply to many of us is, “What’s terrible is to pretend that the second-rate is the first-rate. To pretend that you don’t need love when you do; or you like your work when you know quite well you’re capable of better.”
Doris Lessing wrote this book in 1962, and was confronted by a horde or reporters in 2007, outside her home in London, telling the 88 year old writer that she had won the Nobel Prize.
Her response was, “Oh, Christ, I couldn’t care less.”
The intellectual, natural writer died in 2013 at 94. Her novels, short stories, operas, poetry, nonfiction and autobiography are treasures.
[Via Amazon, and thanks to Alexandra Gatsis.]