The Resource Alfred and Emily, Doris Lessing

Alfred and Emily, Doris Lessing

Label
Alfred and Emily
Title
Alfred and Emily
Statement of responsibility
Doris Lessing
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
I think my father's rage at the trenches took me over, when I was very young, and has never left me. Do children feel their parents' emotions? Yes, we do, and it is a legacy I could have done without. What is the use of it? It is as if that old war is in my own memory, my own consciousness. In this extraordinary book, the 2007 Nobel Laureate Doris Lessing explores the lives of her parents, each irrevocably damaged by the Great War. Her father wanted the simple life of an English farmer, but shrapnel almost killed him in the trenches, and thereafter he had to wear a wooden leg. Her mother, Emily, spent the war nursing the wounded in the Royal Free Hospital after her great love, a doctor, drowned in the Channel. In the fictional first half of Alfred and Emily, Doris Lessing imagines the happier lives her parents might have made for themselves had there been no war; a story that begins with their meeting at a village cricket match outside Colchester. This is followed by a piercing examination of their relationship as it actually was in the shadow of the Great War, of the family's move to Africa, and of the impact of her parents' marriage on a young woman growing up in a strange land. "Here I still am," says Doris Lessing, "trying to get out from under that monstrous legacy, trying to get free." Triumphantly, with the publication of Alfred and Emily, she has done just that
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Summary
In a personal meditation on family, war, and memory, the author re-imagines the lives of her parents if World War I had not happened, and also relates the facts of their lives in the wake of the war's devastation
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Writing style
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266113
Cataloging source
Midwest
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hoopla (Digital media service)
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1919-2013
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Lessing, Doris
Dewey number
823.914
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
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  • Lessing, Doris
  • Lessing, Doris
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • Amputees
  • British
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • Zimbabwe
Target audience
adult
Label
Alfred and Emily, Doris Lessing
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Publication
Distribution
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
MWT11919369
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780061862496
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
c
Publisher number
MWT11919369
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
11919369
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
Alfred and Emily, Doris Lessing
Link
Publication
Distribution
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
MWT11919369
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780061862496
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
c
Publisher number
MWT11919369
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
11919369
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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