I have never read any of Doris Lessing’s novels but I came across this Wikipedia entry for The Golden Notebook and it sounds like a very challenging read; I will have to see if my library carries it.
I was also intrigued by the reference to TIME magazine’s 2005 list of the 100 best English language novels from 1923 to present, which included The Golden Notebook. Very funny article; apparently if my name was Richard I would have a more than decent chance of being hired as a critic for the magazine! (This “Richard” thing is getting ridiculous. Here is an article about Newsweek going digital and whether TIME will follow suit, and TIME Managing Editor RICHARD Stengel is quoted extensively!)
Some of my all time faves are here: 1984, Lord of the Rings, Possession, Brideshead Revisited. Also some surprises: Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret. And I was disappointed that Wide Sargasso Sea made the cut, while the original piece that inspired WSS was not? Nothing against Jean Rhys (I’ve never read her) but I doubt WSS would deliver on as many levels as Jane Eyre. Even though they said they wanted enraged emails (I would love to type You pathetic bourgeoise insect!) I guess I’m 8 years too late. 🙂