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The Cleft

Author: Doris Lessing
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the last years of his life, a contemplative Roman senator embarks on one last epic endeavor: to retell the history of human creation and reveal the little-known story of the Clefts, an ancient community of women living in an Edenic coastal wilderness. The Clefts have neither need nor knowledge of men; childbirth is controlled through the cycles of the moon, and they bear only female children. But with the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Doris Lessing
ISBN: 9780060834876 0060834870 9780060834869 0060834862
OCLC Number: 213878363
Notes: Novel.
Originally published: London: HarperCollins, 2007.
Awards: Winner of the Noble Prize for literature.
Description: 260 pages ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Doris Lessing.

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In the last years of his life, a contemplative Roman senator embarks on one last epic endeavor: to retell the history of human creation and reveal the little-known story of the Clefts, an ancient community of women living in an Edenic coastal wilderness. The Clefts have neither need nor knowledge of men; childbirth is controlled through the cycles of the moon, and they bear only female children. But with the unheralded birth of a strange new child--a boy--the harmony of their community is suddenly thrown into jeopardy. In this fascinating and beguiling novel, Lessing confronts the themes that inspired much of her early writing: how men and women manage to live side by side in the world and how the troublesome particulars of gender affect every aspect of our existence.

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