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  1. The Sweetest Dream, Doris LessingThe Sweetest Dream is a 2001 novel by British Nobel Prize in Literature-winner Doris Lessing. The novel begins in the 1960s leading up to the 1980s and is set in London and the fictional African nation, Zimlia, a thinly veiled reference to Zimbabwe. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: پانزدهم ماه جولای سال 2014 میلادیعنوان: شیرینترین رویاها، اثر: دوریس لسینگ؛ برگردان: اسماعیل قهرمانی [...]

  2. دوريس ليسينج من أجمل الأقلام الإنجليزيه التى قرأت لها فى حياتى,أنثى جميله بقلم أنثوى أكثر من رائع,أول ما قرأت لها كانت روايه بعنوان (الطفل الخامس) وأيقنت أننى وقعت فى غرام قلمها وأسلوبها السحر,وفى هذا العمل (الضخم) الساحر تقدم لنا واقع المجتمع فى فترة منتصف القرن العشرين, بأحد [...]

  3. Hadn't read Doris Lessing in years and here she was again, along with all her familiar kinds of people, scenes, concerns, prose. I still don't know how she does it, exactly. I did notice the narrator constantly pulling back from the scene to examine the bigger picture, to reflect in a puzzled way on how "we all" were acting one way or another, how a fashion for shoplifting took hold before anyone knew what hit them, for example - trying to discern the larger movements of social change in which i [...]

  4. I initially got this book to read for The Dead Writers Society Literary Birthday. But it took forever for me to get, and by the time I started/finished October was over. So unfortunately it doesn't count.That said, I wish I had skipped this book. It was all over the place with too many characters/motivations and just horrible choices of all concerned.I really don't want to even get too into this book besides the basics. A man named Johnny Lennox raised in the lap of luxury for his times and plac [...]

  5. طالعت هذه الرواية في رفوف المكتبات، إلا أنّ سعرها الغالي كان محفزاً لي لتركها؛ علّـني اتحصل عليها في موقع هنا او مجلدٍ هناك. إلا اني طمعت فيها كثيراً حينما وجدتها في معرض الأيام الثقافي في المنامة، العاصمة البحرينيّة، فاقتنيتها بسعر يختلف بشكل يسير ( 60 ريال! ) في سبتمبر الماض [...]

  6. Granted, two stars to Doris Lessing is like four stars to anyone else. I just keep on picking up Doris Lessing books and hoping to get something as mind blowing asThe Grass is Singing . While The Sweetest Dream was engaging and ambitious, I found the abrupt shift from the ensemble of characters to the focus on a single (supporting) character in the last part of the book hard to justify. I also have kind of a problem with staying focused when reading about hippie whiners, but I thought that the a [...]

  7. I was a child of the 60s in the US. This book reminds me of how old I have become and how idealistic I was. The 60s in Britian were different than in the US, but there were still many similarities. There were children, who left their families to live with other families, because they could not tolerate their parents. There were demonstrations, drugs, sexual promiscuity and a general rebellion against authority and the Establishment, but the Communist Party seemed to play a big role in Britian wh [...]

  8. Gostei deste livro pelo olhar cínico e critico que lança pela geração dos anos 60 com os seus doces sonhos de mudar o Mundo, e que se acabaram por ser uma copia repetida daquilo que o Mundo sempre foi. As personagens são poderosas e a história está muito bem conseguida. Um dos poucos casos em que o prémio Nobel foi bem atribuído, a uma escritora talentosa e competente. Recomendo.

  9. Previously, I had only read a short story or two by Doris Lessing, and she has been on my to-read list for awhile. I picked up The Sweetest Dream from a library book sale in Princeton, when I was living there, and the book had a long internment in my trunk, until shortly before leaving Philadelphia. The Sweetest Dream follows the story of the Lennox family from Frances and Johnny's young adulthood into the beginning of their senior citizen years. Frances, the matriarch of the family who manages [...]

  10. In this testament to a time long ago, "The Sweetest Dream: A Novel" reminds us of a colorful era when the boundaries were blurred, the issues were paramount, and many young people (and some older ones) were celebrating the revolution.Frances Lennox is trying to make it on her own, raise her two sons, and manage to maintain a household for the seemingly ever-growing group of hangers-on that shows up regularly at the house owned by her former mother-in-law Julia, whose generosity she depends upon. [...]

  11. This is a book which tells the story of one family pretty much through the 20th century. Julia, the matriach, is a German woman who is young in the First World War. Between wars she marries a British soldier and moves to London. The book has as a central character the house she and her extended family live in.The strong characters are almost entirely female, as too are some of the weaker ones.Her rather useless son, Johnny, is a communist in the 60s and his ex-wift Francis lives inthe house with [...]

  12. Loved this with the power of a thousand suns. There are some parts I read over and over, both from enjoying them so much and so as not to finish the book too quickly. The tale of three generations spanning the 20th century, bound by a house in Hampstead where an extra spare bed can always be found, must surely be one of Lessing's finest. From Germany before World War I, via London as the Sixties begin to swing, to the fictional African country of Zimlia (a stand in for Zimbabwe, or Rhodesia as i [...]

  13. Absolutely superb. This is a classic "great novel" - it reminded me very much of Thomas Mann's "Buddenbrooks". It's a tale of a family spanning generations, tracing British society's relationship with communism, and in particular the "Leninist / Stalinist communism" of the Soviet Union and China, from the 1960s to 1990s. It's very much more than that, though - a study of hypocrisy, lip-service, real active humanity vs cynicism, exploitation, and ingratitude.I found myself arguing with Lessing's [...]

  14. Extraordinário, absolutamente notável este romance que me apaixonou do princípio ao fim e que se desenrola dos anos 60 aos anos 80 do século passado (passa muito brevemente pela Primeira e Segunda Guerras Mundiais).Três gerações de mulheres, três histórias: Julia, a mais velha, é uma alemã que se casou com um diplomata britânico após a 1.ª Guerra Mundial; Frances, a ex-nora, e, por fim, a sofredora Sylvia. Anos 60: o único filho de Julia, Johnny, é comunista, negligenciando os fi [...]

  15. I was actually pleasantly surprised to find that I enoyed this book. I recently also read "The Grass Is Singing," which really disappointed me in that, while it was clear that the ideas Lessing was putting forth and the themes she was exploring were probably rather revolutionary at the time they felt rather dated for a post postcolonial theory world. I had similar issues with the last third of "The Sweetest Dream," which sort of spirals off into another diatribe about the problematic relationshi [...]

  16. Just Meh. I will read another Lessing so I know what all the fuss is about. Maybe its just my mood, but this was boring, lacked humor and was not all that insightful. Feels like she scolding everyone. Yes, communism sucks. Hero worship is a weird thing among the mucky much of everyday life. Selfish men cause chaos and care giving women pick up their messes. The 60's was about an idealism that ended up disappointing. Young people's morals and motivations are bizarre and ever changing, yet they al [...]

  17. I really have no idea what I ended up reading here. It was way more interesting to discuss with book group than it was to actually read it, though at one point I felt the story became very compelling. For a good bit through, I just felt extremely disoriented by the the characters and setting. The discussion pulled some themes from the book mostly about women, work, gender equality, the role of women in the family (60's vs. today) and distinguishing what was "English" about this novel. Ultimately [...]

  18. Awful book. Narrative all over the place, characters are a haze of blurry, one-dimensional, half-hearted caricatures, who seldom ever feel like real characters. The story is also outrageously lacking in terms of real plot development. I can understand that, especially when it comes to 'literary fiction'; however, as much as it pains me to say this, I found nothing literary about this book. Horribly over-rated.

  19. In her first first 20 pages, Doris Lessing puts us in a London-area house with a well-developed cast of characters, a sure sign of her mastery. The Sweetest Dream then immerses us in a crash-course history that's well written, concise and centered around one of the novel's matriarchs. The lead up to and 1960s and beyond scene at the house features compelling, emotional chaos punctuated with moments of awe-inspiring compassion. Lessing follows and further develops the feelings and quirks of her c [...]

  20. A challenging but rewarding read, and maybe not the best introduction to Lessing (I hadn't read her). Still, it's a gripping examination of the limits of idealism and the challenges of the 1960s. The book shifts focus and locales midway to a secondary character. It's very jarring, but it puts forth the one person in the book who follows through with the notion of making the world a better place. Frances and her brood feel comfortable and real, which make the tedious stretches and the horrors of [...]

  21. If a book stays with my thoughts over time the rating increases, but for now I'm giving four stars. Great writing, but choppy in certain ways. Her writing about Sylvia in Africa was more inspired and captivating than her writing about Frances in London, and when the setting returned to London it seemed like Lessing was over it before the story was finished. Still, she wrote many powerful scenes and characterizations here, brilliant overall.

  22. أول رواية لدوريس ليسينغ، أندم كل مرة أشوف هذه الراية اني ترددت وما أخذت غير هذا المؤلف لها ومن وقتها ما تقاطع طريقي مع مؤلف آخر لها، الرواية ممتعة لجزء جيد منها إلا أنها مليئة بمصطلحات مثل البرجوازية والفاشية والامبرالية والخ الخ، سياسة في مشاكل اجتماعية بقليل من الكوميديا

  23. Esta é uma narrativa que se centra sobretudo no idealismo e no ser humano, explorando a forma como ambos se relacionam ao longo da vida, e também nas relações humanas, familiares e não só. Gostei bastante e recomendo.Review completa: thebookkeeperspo/o-

  24. This is the first Doris Lessing book I ever read. I was 19 and the only real literature I had read (by choice) were classics like Austen and the Brontes. This book means so much to me and is one of my favorite books.

  25. This is an ambitious book by this Nobel Prize winning author written when she was 82 years old. It has vast ambitions and succeeds in them. It first shows the culture in England in the 1960’s as impacted by the end of World War II. And it shows the allure and then the disillusionment with Communism during this era. Then relying on the author’s personal knowledge of Africa, it shows the corruption, the pathos, and the heroic efforts of people striving against huge odds in this environment. A [...]

  26. Non avevo mai letto Doris Lessing e trovo interessante il modo in cui il romanzo si inserisce nella Storia, nelle ideologie e nelle problematiche reali del tempo in cui è ambientato. Protagonista di questa storia è una famiglia "allargata" nel senso più ampio del termine, che vive nella Londra degli anni Sessanta, Ma le cui vicissitudini termineranno poi negli anni Ottanta. Il sogno cui si fa riferimento nel titolo è quello di ciascuno dei numerosi personaggi, che ruotano attorno alla figura [...]

  27. I gave up; I couldn't finish this long, badly written book. I can hardly believe that this blatant propaganda novel is by Doris Lessing. It didn't surprise me, after reading her autobiography, that her politics have moved far to the right; but what did surprise me was the total lack of subtlety, of nuance, and to be frank, the poor writing.Of course, there were touches of the old Lessing, passages where she shows a real understanding of psychology; but as soon as I began getting interested in th [...]

  28. "Em O Sonho Mais Doce, o leitor é conduzido por uma saga familiar que atravessa três gerações, centrando-se o enredo, sobretudo, na década de 60, altura em que a casa de Júlia Lennox alberga uma grande quantidade de jovens, personificando o espírito de liberdade prevalecente na Inglaterra de então."Um livro marcante, inesquecível é o meu terceiro livro da escritora e começa a tornar-se óbvio que o meu apreço pela escritora, mesmo antes de ler qualquer obra sua, é verdadeiro.Este li [...]

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