The Cleft by Doris Lessing

Women came before men.  We came from the sea, like Venus, and the ocean and its creatures gave us children.  We lived in our caves, The Cleft, we were Clefts.  We swam in the sea, basked on the rocks like seals, and gave birth to others like us, other Clefts.  That is until the Monsters started being born. . .

The “Monsters”, of course, were males.  This book is about the transformation caused by the advent of mankind.  The first 29 pages really are disturbing, the more so, I think, because it probably would have happened like that, if women actually did come first.

I loved this book, and read it in one sitting.  Straight through.  Ms. Lessing deserves her Nobel Prize if this is the kind of novel she rights.  Evocative yet entertaining at the same time.  Imminently readable.  I will definitely start on her back-list.

Rating:  5 out of 5 stars


One thought on “The Cleft by Doris Lessing

  1. I can’t wait to read this; your review helps. I had it in my hand the other day at the library but am reading two others right now. You must read The Grass Is Singing; I read it recently and loved it; it’s her first novel. Linda


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