Doris Lessing, this year's Nobel laureate in literature... alas!
>Doris Lessing "that epicist of the female experience, who with scepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilisation to scrutiny".
Did she get this year's Nobel prize for The Cleft? If so, then I do not find her the epicist of MY female experience, but rather as boring, stupid and pretentious as I feared!
This, her most recent "novel" (2007) has no believable, identifiable characters, since it reduces all the personages to 'archetypes', or rather pasteboard stereotypes. It has no plot, because its timeframe uneasily straddles the great divide between historical time (ancient Rome) and evolutionary, or uncountable, time. I wonder if she intends it as mythology, anthropology or science fiction? As any of the above genres, she has failed abysmally, in her pomposity, imho! ;-P
Therefore it has no meaningful emotional tension to speak of, as evolutionary time does not willingly allow confinement within the parameters of a novel framework, however "post-modern" the intention. I find her story about as meaningless and unbelievable as the Bible itself; did she set out to write her own "Bible", I wonder? If so, then she has succeeded, because she has achieved a tour-de-force as meaningless and unbelievable as I already find the Bible!
Moral of this story? Do NOT let Swedish prize-givers choose your reading material for you!!! ;-P