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The grass is singing - Doris Lessing: conversation between Charlie and Tony

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  1. How does the author's method convey an idea of a corrupted and perverted land to the reader?
  2. To what extent is Tony Marston, the young intern, different from the others?

In this excerpt from The Grass is singing, published in 1950, Doris Lessing relates the relationship between Mary Turner, a racist white woman married to Dick Turner, a poor farmer, living in South Rhodesia, and Moses, a black boy working for them, during the 1940's. The extract is located at the beginning of the novel, as it recounts a conversation - following Mary's death - between Charlie, the Turners' neighbor, and Tony, a young intern in the Turners' house. At the time, Southern Rhodesia was a British colony - it has been under the yoke of Great Britain until its independence in 1980. In this way, we will ask ourselves how Doris Lessing chose to represent her hometown, as she know a lot about it.

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