By Doris Lessing
A compelling imaginative and prescient of a disorietating and barbaric destiny from Doris Lessing, Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature 2007. a long time sooner or later, urban lifestyles has damaged down, communications have failed and nutrients provides are dwindling. From her window a middle-aged lady - our narrator - watches issues crumble and documents what she witnesses: hordes of individuals migrating to the nation-state, gangs of kids roaming the streets. sooner or later, a tender woman, Emily, is dropped at her residence via a stranger and left in her care. a wierd, precocious adolescent, attracted to the tribal streetlife and its barbaric rituals, she is unafraid of the cruel global outdoor, whereas our narrator retreats into her hidden global the place fact fades and the previous is revisited!
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Even when parts of our own town took anarchy for granted, we in the north talked and thought of ourselves as immune. The trouble would vanish, dissolve, take itself off… Such is the strength of what we are used to, the first two or three appearances of gangs in our northern suburbs seemed to us isolated incidents, not likely to be repeated. Slowly, we came to understand that it was our periods of peace, of normality, and not the days of looting and fighting, which were going to be unusual now. And so - we would have to move.
Newscasts and newspapers and pronouncements were what we were used to, what we by no means despised: without them we would have become despondent, anxious, for of course one must have the stamp of the official, particularly in a time when nothing is going according to expectation. But the truth was that every one of us became aware at some point that it was not from official sources we were getting the facts which were building up into a very different picture from the publicized one. Sequences of words were crystallizing events into a picture, almost a story: And then this happened, and so-and-so said ...
She needed, she needed very much, to know what walls, what shelter, she was going to be able to pull around her, like a blanket, for comfort. “Well I said, ‘I haven’t thought yet, I don’t quite … I must…’ Her face seemed to shrivel. But she preserved her bright desperation. ’ She waited. Stubbornly, she waited. She knew that she was to live with me. She knew that her shelter, her four walls, her den, the little space that was hers and which she could creep into was here somewhere. There’s the spare room,’ I said.
Memoirs of a Survivor by Doris Lessing