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I consider myself as lucky. It has a melancholy in it, but a page turner. She captivated me for several hours. Aug 21, Kelli rated it it was amazing. I've had a hard time finding books by Doris Lessing - I have a list of "want to read" books and each time I find one, they are 5-star. Nov 16, Mel rated it it was amazing Shelves: 20th-century-fiction , scifi , post-apocalyptic. This book felt more like a long epilogue than a sequel. It was only about a quarter or at most a third the length of the original book and had a much smaller scope, but nonetheless I enjoyed it almost more than the first book.
The book focused on Dann, and the first half of the book was from his perspective. It was a lovely description of his visit to the melting ice caps and life with the island people. He came across as much more emotional when the story was from his own perspective and I thin This book felt more like a long epilogue than a sequel. He came across as much more emotional when the story was from his own perspective and I think I liked him more.
The second half of the book was from the perspective of Girot, the man who was putting together an army for Dann at the centre. It was quite strange as Girot seemed to have been the "boy" character mentioned in Mara and Dann. However, in Mara and Dann it came across pretty explicitly, at least I thought so, that the "boy" and Dann were having a sexual relationship.
This was not the case in the sequel, where either the relationship had been rewritten, or Mara had been reading far too much into it. The most interesting thing about this book was the loss of knowledge and the repetition of history. The characters were living in the remains of a museum and library that had been built by the refugees from Europe to preserve knowledge.
It was really interesting to see that even though the people had worked so hard on trying to preserve the knowledge, so much of it was lost. The most interesting part was finding the hidden room, the remains of the sand libraries, where scholars worked trying to understand the old and lost languages and learn of the history that was written there before they were destroyed by the encroaching flood. The fact that they took this knowledge, or parts of it, and tried to build a new centre of knowledge in their new country was one of the most optimistic parts of the book. I found it frustrating that one of the first things that happened was the news that Mara had died in childbirth.
Having had such an arduous journey only to be killed at the end of it seemed particularly sad. It also seemed like perhaps it would have made a better ending for a book than a beginning. But overall I found I really enjoyed this book, perhaps even more than the first though it couldn't be read without having read the first. Jul 14, Deb rated it it was ok. I read this book in one day. It is not a page turner, but has some gentle redeeming qualities. The picture is painted of a future world after an ice age and as the ice melts to refill the seas.
The hero is a wanderer who can never accept his position as leader of his people. The most interesting character is the boy soldier who grows up to idolise him and want great things of him.
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In the end the boy soldier, Griot, creates a better world for them all, but could not do it without Dann the hero as I read this book in one day. In the end the boy soldier, Griot, creates a better world for them all, but could not do it without Dann the hero as the leader. That was the most intriguing relationship in the book. I liked the unfailing love of the snow dog as a parallel to the love Griot has for Dann. This is the sequel to another book that I had not read, and I may have got more out of it if I had had that previous knowledge of the characters. In the end, too much repetition, we got the point, but it was laboured so many times.
The happy end seemed just too neat and quick, but it was a relief! Lessings style is probably not for me, but before I condemn her to my 'not to read' pile, I'll try one of the major works to see if there's somethings there I am missing. Aug 01, Mikael Kuoppala rated it really liked it. I did feel again that a lot of the potential was left unutilized, but as an artistic whole the novel works completely. It was wonderful to read more about Dann, who in the previous book was completely overshadowed by his heroic sister and left at a very flat stage.
Now Lessing breathes life into him, creating a nuanced portrait of a torn and flawed man who struggles with infinite responsibility, war, politics and drug addiction. I wonder if Lessing has plans to continue this post-post-apocalyptic saga even further. Jul 29, Justin Howe rated it it was amazing. Yes, Mara dies off stage early on.
Yes, Dann mopes for much of the book, doing nothing except wallowing in self-pity. So did Achilles. These are design features. I have found again the post-apocalyptic world, nearing the end of the next ice age. Dann suffers from the Ulysses syndrome and can not stop at the farm with her sister and her new companions. We discover that he founded a small but not so small for that world army, but he leaves it in the hands of his lieutenant to venture into what remains of the Mediterranean Sea, drained by glaciers. Wandering the wastelands of a world beyond recognition, he meets new people. The second part of the novel see I have found again the post-apocalyptic world, nearing the end of the next ice age.
The second part of the novel sees Dann facing badly grief and the responsibility of the army Griot has trained in his absence and his reluctance to command it in the conquest of most fertile lands, as well as his relationship with the living image of Mara, her daughter Tamar. As and perhaps more than the previous book, Doris Lessing uses a writing sad and thoughtful on humanity and the sense of personal and cultural memory.
Dec 12, Rachel rated it liked it. Well I started this book last night and found myself in another post-apocalyptic world. I guess I can't escape it.. None the less I am hooked and enjoying the world of General Dann an Well I started this book last night and found myself in another post-apocalyptic world.
None the less I am hooked and enjoying the world of General Dann and the Snow Dog I am a sucker for any book with a dog as a main character. Although I am finding it hard to like any of the human characters, I do like the passages where General Dann opens himself up to the glory and danger of the natural world. Well I finished this book last night.
It was good but not great. I got a little tired of Dann's self pity. Dec 29, Cheryl rated it liked it Shelves: futuristic , apocalypse.source link
BookLoons Reviews - Story of General Dann and Mara's Daughter by Doris Lessing
This is the second book in a very interesting series about a brother and sister in a post-apocalyptic world, thousands of years after global warming has caused Africa to be the only inhabitable continent. This book begins with Dann and Mara choosing a place to settle down, and concentrates upon their relationships and struggle to build a better future with and for their friends and family. As with the previous book, the characters are complex and interesting. This book was slower paced, and le This is the second book in a very interesting series about a brother and sister in a post-apocalyptic world, thousands of years after global warming has caused Africa to be the only inhabitable continent.
This book was slower paced, and less cohesive than the first book in the series, but still engrossing and a good continuation of the first book. Jun 25, Nikku rated it it was ok. Mara and Dann was one of the few english books I had while I was living in Japan. I reread it several times and would probably give it five stars. When I saw there was a sequel, I snatched it up at the library. I read it quickly, but without much joy.
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Things happen, but it was all kind of I wish I could give this book more stars, but I was sad at how superficial it was. Apr 15, Charles rated it did not like it. OK, I didn't actually read this book. I read its predecessor, Mara and Dan, which was a pretty good novel three stars, as it were.
I picked up this sequal the other day with the intention of reading it. However, after Dan an overall tough nut who, in the first novel, survived a trek from one end of Africa to the other, facing all manner of danger, denial, and degradation wept for the fifth time in as many pages and "understood" how a woman's lactating breast was painful to her, I threw the bo OK, I didn't actually read this book. However, after Dan an overall tough nut who, in the first novel, survived a trek from one end of Africa to the other, facing all manner of danger, denial, and degradation wept for the fifth time in as many pages and "understood" how a woman's lactating breast was painful to her, I threw the book across the room.
It goes into the trash next. Nobel prize, whatever.
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What a piece of crap. Jul 25, Nick rated it liked it. This is the third book that I've read from Doris Lessing, and the least demanding from my point of view. This is one novel that I am guessing continues adventures from another book about Dann and his sister, Mara - an original adventure that I haven't read myself. I believe that this story was written for the child in us: It has many observations and detailed explanations that lack in Love, again, for instance.
I personally liked it it's very easy to read. Nov 10, Brian rated it really liked it Shelves: nobel , read So this is the first Doris Lessing book I've read and I can safely say that if you haven't read any Lessing, don't, and i mean DON'T, make this your introductory book into her works. The Washington Post said it best with this short line:" That is so true! I do love the title; I've read it hundreds of times.
I should have stopped there. I would have been satisfied Jun 26, Tricia rated it liked it. There is a book I should have read before this, so I started a little less informed than I would have liked. A distopia like Atwood's This writing felt a little spare and at times, wooden. I had a difficult time really connecting to the protagonist. Perhaps not the best book for my first read of Doris Lessing. Sep 28, Monica rated it it was amazing.
You must read the equally wonderful Mara and Dann first. I loved both of these books. I found the futuristic layered society quite timely. Both of these books stay with you. Nov 25, Foxthyme rated it it was ok Shelves: literary-fic-poetry. I know someone who's read the first book and loved both it and this one. Dropping in on this second one without knowing the characters and settings was difficult.
I also found the writing style was one I didn't mesh with well. Too bad. The overall tone of the novel was too whiny, many of the descriptive passages were exceptionally repetitive, and Dann has been reduced to a mopey shell of a person. Although it was a quick read, it felt like it took forever.
Hey can we have an option for 'unreadable'? A great, imaginary, and genius story in only a chapter. Cities were drowned with their civilization, culture and knowledge. I read the first one when it came out. Second book, in a futuristic series: I think you are to get a deep meaning from this, but I don't. A book about what we may be faced with in the future.
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