The Memoirs of a Survivor

The Memoirs of a Survivor In a beleaguered city where rats and roving gangs terrorize the streets where government has broken down and meaningless violence holds sway a woman middle aged and middle class is brought a twelve

  • Title: The Memoirs of a Survivor
  • Author: Doris Lessing
  • ISBN: 9780006493259
  • Page: 471
  • Format: Paperback
  • In a beleaguered city where rats and roving gangs terrorize the streets, where government has broken down and meaningless violence holds sway, a woman middle aged and middle class is brought a twelve year old girl and told that it is her responsibility to raise the child This book, which the author has called an attempt at autobiography, is that woman s journal In a beleaguered city where rats and roving gangs terrorize the streets, where government has broken down and meaningless violence holds sway, a woman middle aged and middle class is brought a twelve year old girl and told that it is her responsibility to raise the child This book, which the author has called an attempt at autobiography, is that woman s journal a glimpse of a future only slightly horrendous than our present, and of the forces that alone can save us from total destruction.

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    1. At its many heights, I was reminded of one of my favorite movies ever, Spoorlooz ("The Vanishing"). The golden egg, the absolute elements that make up the inside & the outside, their ever-separation Yep. Lessing is incredibly able at giving us an "autobiography" that seems more like a Picasso-esque self portrait than anything else; scribbles of nonsense as well as strict blocky absolutes--all less colorful than in the mind's eye. I was also reminded of those superb short stories by J. G. Bal [...]

    2. Moj prvi susret sa Doris Lesing nije prošao onako kako sam očekivaoOvaj roman sam uzeo pre svega zbog tematike (postapokalipsa, distopija,) i uronio u njega sa očigledno prevelikim očekivanjima. Krajnja reakcija je bila jedno razočarano 'MEH'Roman predstavlja neki vid memoara žene koja živi u gradu koji je uništen, kojim vladaju različite bande, vlada ne radi ništa kako bi to rešila, a stanovništvo se lagano seli u druge krajeve Namirnice je teško naći, ali žena uvek na neki nači [...]

    3. When I tell others that I am reading Doris Lessing, most people give me a blank stare. Either they have never heard of her, or they have. But, never anything more. I only know one other person who has read Lessing, and that is my my professor of Practical Criticism. And, she is the one that recommended her to me. I was studying post-apocalyptic fiction at the time, and my professor, during one of our conferences about my essay, said that I should try Lessing's work in that sub-genre.So, I gave h [...]

    4. If I was asked to say what this book was about I would most likely answer “I dunno really, I feel real bad inside for not knowing.” Perhaps after all, one has to end the read by characterising it as a sort of cloud or emanation, but invisible, like the vapour you know is present in the air of the room that you sit in, makes part of the air that you know is there when you look out of a window – your eye is traversing air, so your intellect tells you when you look at a sparrow pecking insect [...]

    5. تجري أحداث الرواية في إحدى المدن ,( لم يكن لها اسما كما لم تُمنح بطلة الرواية اسما )هذه المدينة من المدن التي نالها نصيب من آثار حرب ما ( المكان غير معروف ) وكما يحدث في الحروب غابت عنها الخدمات الضرورية للحياة , الماء , الكهرباء , الطعام , مما نتج عنه رحيل أغلب سكانها بينما سيطرت ا [...]

    6. I really loved this book. It was post-apocalyptic, but without an apocalypse. It was just society falling apart totally dramatically and how people were quite unable to come to grips with that. It was interesting to see how people adapted and carried on, how things changed slowly and were accepted as just another part of normal. It felt so painfully real. The book consisted of three intermingled parts, the destruction of society, the growing up of Emily and the world behind the walls. Of the thr [...]

    7. Hrm. This book really didn't grab me. It's well written and describes a very believable not-far-future dystopia as civilization slowly decays, and I found that believable and interesting. However, Lessing also has a weird and never-explained parallel world that occasionally opens up, appearing through the wall of the narrator's flat. At first it seems like a heavy-handed metaphor but by the end of the book it seems as if it's genuinely real, a parallel dimension into which they can escape. This [...]

    8. من الكتب التي لم استطع اكمالها . اشعر ان اكثر من نصف الكتاب كتب فقط لملئ الفراغ فيه! وكأن الكاتبه تحاول اختبار مدى فلسفتها او مدى ثرثرتها!! لم افهم ماتقول في كثير من المقاطع لدرجه اني اقفز بين السطور لأعثر على جمله واحده مفيده او تتعلق بالقصه!!!! انها قصه تخلو من القصه نفسها لا ان [...]

    9. Okay, this is my first Doris Lessing, and I must say I'm not impressed. Apparently a lot of her books are sort of like this one, and I'm starting to see a pattern, when you also take into account J. M. Coetzee's books, specifically: white southern African writers often go for these dehistoricized, lean, spare, high-concept parables as a way of exploring human brutality. This kind of stuff is just red meat to comp. lit. majors and Nobel committees, and I'm sure that the writers themselves feel th [...]

    10. It may not be fair for me to rate this book as I was not able to finish it. I even thought of just deleting it from my book list - that's how I don't like it. Tried to read it at different times of the day but I can't help but fall asleep over it, every time! Much as I hate to leave a book unfinished, this isn't just worth my time and effort. I won't mind if people will think of me as shallow, but in my opinion, deep subjects such as the one tackled in this book can be presented in a more intere [...]

    11. I cannot explain why I love The Memoirs of a Survivor, at least not as directly as I can explain my love for the work of James Joyce or Márquez. The story of an unnamed protagonist who takes care of a mysterious girl in the aftermath of an unexplained fall of civilization is not for those who like to have their questions answered. It is for those who like to gather new sets of questions. It approaches human nature without drama, talking about acts of inexplicable violence in the same way as act [...]

    12. تاريخ القراءة الأصلي : ٢٠٠٧تمزقات الحضارة بعيون المتعبين العاجزينأسلوب محافظ وبريطاني جدايخاطبنا كلنا

    13. I really liked this book. It might have something to do with the fact that I read it all in one go, which tends to completely absorb you in the world, but I got really caught up in it. Finally, a dystopia which owes nothing explicit to Nineteen Eighty-Four, something original! A modern, British dystopia that actually addresses contemporary issues. Reading this, I imagine, was like reading 1984 within Orwell's time. Frightening because it seems so starkly possible, so relevent to the zeitgeist. I [...]

    14. This was a slight book (only 182 pages), yet it has taken me a long time to read it. I have been quite busy, but I think I was also infected by the mood of the book, which seems to describe a sort of hiatus between civilisation (as we currently know it) and savagery (a future where violence, theft, murder and cannibalism are “inconsequential”). In the present in this story, the major protaganists (the narrator, Emily, Hugo) are waiting. They are waiting for things to get so bad that they nee [...]

    15. ذكرتني في جوها المستقبلي المتنبئ بالمزيد من الحرب والضياع بشئ من جو 1984 لأورويل (التي هي علامة بحد ذاتها للتنبؤ أو تخيل الأوضاع وماستؤول إليه أحوال البشرية مع تطور السلطة وازدياد الظلمالخ الخ)في الرواية رائحة من (يوتوبيا) لأحمد خالد توفيقوأفلام عديدة تدور حول نفس الفكرة على ا [...]

    16. I am ridiculously stalled out on this the writing is just stupidly dense in some ways, and I'm having some problems identifying with the author and her subject. I asked the person who gave me the book for any suggestions, and she told me to just read it, enjoy it, and then read it again to get a feel for some of the heavier subject matter.Now, seriously, it's not a bad novel, but I'm not going to read it twice. Not in a row, and not twice at all. I'm kind of frustrated - this was one of my mom's [...]

    17. What a most disturbing book. Set sometime in the future where civilisation has all but broken down we are shown what the remnants of society has become through the eyes of a middle aged woman. She, though, is only half in reality and reverts through a wall to explore earlier times and memories. The key person in the story is a teenage girl called Emily who was brought to the house for the narrator to care for. We never learn her name, which is perhaps significant. Emily is resourceful, young and [...]

    18. Picked this up on a whim from a used bookstore, and it turned out to be a hidden gem. It's set in a post-apocalyptic town just as all civic order is starting to fall apart. It's really more about the characters assessing values though - both in the moral sense of what it means to be a decent human and in the practical sense of what an individual's actual value is to a complex and troubled society. This is accomplished very delicately and artfully, however. There is nothing preachy about it, and [...]

    19. I love Lessing & the first 50 pages and last 20 or 30 were absolutely phenomenal - deeply disturbing thought experiments about the downfall of the civilized world. But an anti-dystopia, I suppose, since - sort of like Atwood's Handmaid's Tale - the novel is told with the profoundest sense of tunnel vision. Nearly all of it occurs in a tiny flat, where an old woman grapples with a young girl who has been left in her care. There's no real account of what "it" is; what has happened, what the ne [...]

    20. This was a work of speculative fiction that only Doris Lessing could write. The narrator, whose memoir it is, describes a near (near to 1970s though still plausible today) distopian future. This future is not quite apocalyptic - for the 1%/bourgeoisie life goes on more-or-less as usual. But for everyone else, the order of things gradually disintegrates over the course of the narrative. The power is cut off and then water. People move increasingly to barter economy and theft; to intentional commu [...]

    21. Helmet-lukuhaaste 2017 37. Kirja kirjailijalta, jonka tuotantoon kuuluu yli 20 teostaDoris Lessing:Eloonjääneen muistelmat(1974, ensimmäinen suomennos 1988)Hämmentävä, vaikeaselkoinen, vangitseva. Tätä kaikkea on Lessingin romaani englantilaisesta kaupungista tuhon jälkeen (tuhon syytä ei tarkemmin selitetä). Tiivistä kerrontaa, merkityksellisiä ja täyteen pakattuja virkkeitä. Keski-ikäinen nainen seuraa yhteiskuntajärjestelmän tuhoa ikkunastaan. Sähkön- ja vedenjakelu pätki [...]

    22. This book doesn't have any chapters, and not that many paragraphs. It is one block of text from beginning to end. That's a good starting place for a review, because Memoirs of a Survivor describes a world where neat chapters and paragraphs are things of the past. There has been some kind of disaster which has society unravelling. We follow events through the viewpoint of a woman living alone in what was once a smart block of apartments in a large city. She takes in an abandoned young girl and he [...]

    23. An eerie reflection of the future.Memoirs of a Survivor is a fantasy fable about the breakdown of the modern system. In this novel, the future is illustrated as chaotic and bleak - the government is corrupt and unresponsive, the air is polluted and the skies, as if representing the future, are usually dark. The streets are ruled by youth gangs as the disintegration of family units force the children to fight for their survival, making them heartless and roguish.Still, readers are comforted by th [...]

    24. Memoirs of a Survivor is about daily life in an unspecified future where no catastrophic event has taken place, and yet life as we know it is nevertheless grinding to a halt: the infrastructure is breaking down, as is the social structure. An aging woman looks out on this crumbling world from the relative safety of the apartment she has inhabited for most of her life. Her contact with the outside world is reduced to the occasional foray she must make out into it to obtain supplies and news. The [...]

    25. This story just didn't make any sense, and what was going on was never explained to the reader. The book suddenly just ended, and we don't even really know how the story ended. There was never a real explanation on why everything was falling apart. The narrator was the only one who talked about the door to another dimension through the wall of her flat. I don't know if such portals were opening everywhere and this was causing civilization to collapse. Near the end they talked about the air being [...]

    26. Doris Lessing and I we don't mix too well. I can see her excellence as a writer--she creates the most vivid, extraordinary yet believable worlds. Reading her work is the closest I can think of to dreaming while awake.But in the two Lessing books that I have read, I could not see where she was taking me, or I did not agree with where we were going. It's hard to say, really, as I admit I don't remember this book very well. I just recall a sense of disappointment and even incredulity at how things [...]

    27. Askerdeyken okuduğum kitaplardandı ve ruh halime çok uygun düşmüştü. Ben de yavaşa yavaş duvarlarla konuşmaya başlamış , duvarlara bakarak çok değişik ufuklara yol açamaya başlamıştım. Dünyanın sonu ya da en kötü günleridir artık. Bir de kız çocuğu gelir yaşlı karakterimize evine ve hiç tanımadığı bu kız çocuğunun bakımını ve koruyuculuğu üstlenir. Kitapta, dönemimizin ciddi sorunları olan iletişimsizlik , yalnızlık, hava kirliği , doğal kayna [...]

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