Univ of New York Press Considers how Lessing's exposure to a particular aspect of tasawwuf, the classical Sufi Way, has shaped her work. Impresses upon the reader the degree to which Lessing is seriously offering her space-fiction utopias as plausible and even necessary alternatives to our present Western ways of life.
Book News Applies Sufi thought to some of Doris Lessing's novels and studies the manifestations of Sufi influence on Lessing, analyzing Sufi-like characters in her work and explaining their lifestyles for Western readers unfamiliar with Sufism. Evaluates the role of spirituality in her work and considers the implications of taking her Sufism seriously when reading her work. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.