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In the aftermath of World War II, Martha Quest finds herself completely disillusioned.
She is losing faith with the communist movement in Africa, and her marriage to one of the movement's leaders is disintegrating. Determined to resist the erosion of her personality, she engages in the first satisfactory love affair and breaks free, if only momentarily, from her suffocating unhappiness.
Landlocked is the fourth novel of Doris Lessing's classic Children of Violence sequence of novels, each a masterpiece in its own right, and collectively an incisive, all encompassing vision of our world in the twentieth century.
"This work will rank with the foremost fictional commentaries on events in our century.""-- Milwaukee Journal""Doris Lessing is the Cassandra of the documentary novel...crying for something harshly denied to our age: a longing for magic, for the irrational. Her concern for life, her independence of judgment and her gift for diagnosing our hydra-headed social ills is extraordinary." -- "Observer" "She is not the only best woman novelist we have but one of the most serious and intelligent and honest writers of the whole post-war generation." -- "Sunday Times" (London)"Imaginatively conceived...Lessing is a shrewd, dispassionate observer of contemporary history." -- "New Republic""I read the Children of Violence novels and began to understand how a person could write the problems of the world in a compelling and beautiful way. And it seemed to me that was the most important thing I could ever do." -- Barbara Kingsolver"A woman has slipped into the uneasy circle of England's Angry Young Men. No charter member of the club--not even Osborne or Amis--can have mush to teach author Doris Lessing." -- "Time"