The Golden Notebook

The Golden Notebook

Book - 1972
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Anna Wulf is a young novelist with writer's block. Divorced, with a young child, and disillusioned by unsatisfactory relationships, she feels her life is falling apart. In fear of madness, she records her experiences in four coloured notebooks.
Publisher: London, Eng. : Grafton Books, 1972.
ISBN: 9780586037959
Characteristics: 638 pages,18 cm.


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BernardN_KCMO Feb 06, 2019

This was the first book of 2019 for the Great Books KC group that meets at the Plaza Library on the last Friday of the month. I found that I liked the book quite a bit more than I expected. It is challenging almost in the way of James Joyce, but here we get a woman's perspective unfiltered by the male mind (and so unlike Molly Bloom's monolog at the end of "Ulysses"). Of course, the author and the main character both come from privileged background, and who flirted with leftist politics, but without a clear drive (they weren't as committed as true believers). As the main focus of the novel, Anna, is herself going through something close to a breakdown, her perceptions and thoughts are often confused and jumbled as she tries to make sense of the world.
It is a difficult work, but one worth reading.

Oct 04, 2018

To quote the author, the book is full of "idiotic gabbling, like mad talk" and "was a descent into banality". Easy to see why it doesn't appear on lists of best loved novels.

Indigo_Cobra_8 Jul 31, 2014

I am Anna Wulf.

Oct 28, 2010

The Golden Notebook (Paperback)
by Doris Lessing

Doris Lessing is the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature 2007. She is the author of numerous novels, science-fiction, short-stories, drama and non-fiction. She is considered a feminist writer by most critics
This book is an experiment of sorts. The structure is: A main story (which can be sufficient by itself) and then four other notebooks Anna Wulf created in order to keep her sanity. Then there is the "Golden Notebook" where everything is supposed to be assembled together and should help her make more sense of her chaotic life, mental break-down, including the severe writer's block she had.
In the basic story "Free Women" Molly and Ana(a successful novelist) are best friends, they are both divorced and have children. One of the ex-husbands has a difficult relationship with his wife and lovers.
-the Black Notebook is about Anna's experience in Central Africa, during and before World War II.
-the Red Notebook is about Anna's experience as a member of the Communist Party
-the Yellow Notebook is a novel she is writing about her failed love affair
-the Blue Notebook is Anna's journal about her emotional and personal life. Most importantly the analysis of her dreams by her psychoanalyst. At times the dreams take over her real life.
The notebooks intersperse with the main theme, sometimes the non-chronological and overlapping parts make the reading somewhat challenging and confusing.
The novel is artistic and very well written despite its complexity. The "Free Women" section by itself would have also won acclaim by the readers.

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Feb 27, 2016

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