Personal rating: 5/5
This short novel, some would call it a novella, packs quite a punch. It's the first book by Doris Lessing I've ever read, and I immediately see why she's a Nobel Prize winner. Her prose is beautiful. It's simple and complex at the same time.
The whole book revolves around a family of three and the relationships between them. Those relationships get very tense when the father of the family gets obsessed with finding gold. For a very long time, I thought I knew what the twist at the end would be. Boy, was I wrong. But good wrong, as I think Doris Lessing's ending is far more beautiful, fitting, and life-like than my imagined ending would have been.
If you want to read a Nobel Prize winner, or a book by Doris Lessing, pick this one. It's great. I can't wait to read more of Doris Lessing. This one is very much recommended.
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