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LESSING, D.: Golden Notebook (The) (Unabridged)

Everything is falling apart. The atmosphere is heavy with the threat of war; the sexual freedoms promised by a new generation are fraught with emotional traps; the proud belief in a changed world order is being shattered.

In London, in the late 1950s, Anna is a novelist and a single mother. Liberated from the stereotypes of her time, she is struggling to cope as her personal life, her political certainties and her own sanity collapse around her. The Golden Notebook weaves together Anna’s story and her notebooks, exploring the lives and loves of a generation formed by the aftermath of war.

The breakthrough novel of the 2007 Nobel Laureate for Literature, The Golden Notebook is a brilliantly realised narrative of fragmentation—social, political, personal and sexual.



Disc 1

  The Golden Notebook (Unabridged)
1.   Play with flash player Free Women 1 – Anna meets her friend Molly in the summer… 00:06:06
2.   Play with flash player Anna, in the face of this unspoken but clear determination… 00:06:28
3.   Play with flash player There was a note of humorous, even childish pleading in this. 00:07:57
4.   Play with flash player Now Anna could not reply… 00:05:19
5.   Play with flash player Richard came into the room. 00:06:24
6.   Play with flash player Meanwhile Molly, talented in so many directions… 00:06:12
7.   Play with flash player Molly promptly went to the door, opened it, listened. 00:05:32
8.   Play with flash player Molly ignored Anna and attacked. 00:07:13
9.   Play with flash player Richard was on the point of exploding out of his chair… 00:05:48
10.   Play with flash player Richard made a movement as if to get up and go… 00:04:46
11.   Play with flash player Molly sighed, histrionically… 00:05:48
12.   Play with flash player There was another sound, like a cough… 00:05:36
13.   Play with flash player Tommy allowed them both a tolerant smile… 00:06:20


Disc 2

  The Golden Notebook (Unabridged)
1.   Play with flash player For the first time Tommy showed a touch of humour. 00:06:00
2.   Play with flash player Anna closed her eyes a moment, smiling painfully. 00:07:42
3.   Play with flash player Anna held herself quiet, with effort. 00:07:38
4.   Play with flash player But at this Molly got up, and said quickly… 00:06:05
5.   Play with flash player 'But I think I'll mention three of the comrades…' 00:06:02
6.   Play with flash player 'And there's your friend de Silva.' 00:05:39
7.   Play with flash player They kissed, briskly. 00:04:12
8.   Play with flash player The Notebooks – The Black Notebook 00:07:49
9.   Play with flash player (Opposite this was written:) 00:05:30
10.   Play with flash player Yet I am incapable of writing the only kind of novel… 00:06:44
11.   Play with flash player When I think back to that time… 00:06:46
12.   Play with flash player For us, then… 00:08:14


Disc 3

  The Golden Notebook (Unabridged)
1.   Play with flash player About then I met Willi Rodde and got involved with politics. 00:05:58
2.   Play with flash player But I don't want to write Willi's history… 00:06:47
3.   Play with flash player The most striking of the three… 00:06:39
4.   Play with flash player In this he was different from Jimmy McGrath… 00:05:13
5.   Play with flash player Ted Brown was the most original. 00:06:58
6.   Play with flash player The Gainsborough Hotel was really a boarding - house… 00:06:09
7.   Play with flash player Willi ran a cheap fifth - hand car. 00:06:50
8.   Play with flash player The main block of the hotel stood directly by the main road… 00:08:16
9.   Play with flash player We were all very tired. 00:08:24
10.   Play with flash player We did not return for a month. 00:06:12
11.   Play with flash player June spent most of her time on the verandah… 00:06:04
12.   Play with flash player Now it was Mrs. Boothby… 00:05:13


Disc 4

  The Golden Notebook (Unabridged)
1.   Play with flash player George Hounslow, a roads man, lived a hundred miles… 00:05:34
2.   Play with flash player In parenthesis I must say that this is exactly what happened… 00:05:30
3.   Play with flash player At about midnight, the glare of a lorry's headlights… 00:06:45
4.   Play with flash player I've thought about that often since. 00:06:23
5.   Play with flash player George looked at Willi, waiting for him to protest. 00:07:23
6.   Play with flash player I remember George's long puzzled look at Willi. 00:05:26
7.   Play with flash player At last we managed to get Jimmy on his feet. 00:08:03
8.   Play with flash player We walked up to the big room through the hot sunlight… 00:06:16
9.   Play with flash player On this morning Stanley had stacked the top of the piano… 00:07:54
10.   Play with flash player Paul turned his head with his characteristic indolent charm… 00:06:07
11.   Play with flash player 'Anna' appealed George, looking at me. 00:06:09
12.   Play with flash player George looked at me again… 00:07:14


Disc 5

  The Golden Notebook (Unabridged)
1.   Play with flash player He shut his eyes. 00:07:33
2.   Play with flash player It must have been about six or eight months… 00:06:11
3.   Play with flash player And then there was the affair of George's son. 00:05:51
4.   Play with flash player All this time we'd been making jokes… 00:07:02
5.   Play with flash player Next day bad temper prickled through the hotel. 00:05:33
6.   Play with flash player It was nearly midnight when Paul remarked… 00:06:15
7.   Play with flash player I left Willi in the bedroom and stood on the verandah. 00:05:55
8.   Play with flash player Paul left me and I went into the bedroom. 00:05:49
9.   Play with flash player The Red Notebook – The second notebook, the red one… 00:03:32
10.   Play with flash player The next day. 00:05:11
11.   Play with flash player 5th Feb., 1950 00:05:09
12.   Play with flash player 3rd Jan., 1952 00:05:50
13.   Play with flash player I see that I wrote yesterday, I would leave the Party. 00:08:51


Disc 6

  The Golden Notebook (Unabridged)
1.   Play with flash player I went up to canvass, three afternoons. 00:07:13
2.   Play with flash player Jean Barker. Wife oF Minor Party official. 00:03:39
3.   Play with flash player The Yellow Notebook – The yellow notebook looked like… 00:05:36
4.   Play with flash player Julia's last remark had struck a familiar note. 00:06:13
5.   Play with flash player The idea for this novel had come to Ella… 00:07:02
6.   Play with flash player Here was Dr. West's house… 00:07:06
7.   Play with flash player Now the talk began again… 00:06:05
8.   Play with flash player Meanwhile she was restless to get away from him… 00:05:26
9.   Play with flash player It was time to go home. 00:07:16
10.   Play with flash player Paul was late… 00:07:48
11.   Play with flash player This was so personal, that it was her turn to glance… 00:05:32
12.   Play with flash player Later – and not so much later, he would say… 00:06:46
13.   Play with flash player They did not speak again until they reached the main road… 00:03:45


Disc 7

  The Golden Notebook (Unabridged)
1.   Play with flash player From the feeling of the house she knew it was still empty. 00:05:54
2.   Play with flash player Being with Paul Tanner that night… 00:07:15
3.   Play with flash player That night Paul was humorous and very tender. 00:07:39
4.   Play with flash player The next evening they met full of defences on either side. 00:04:12
5.   Play with flash player Five years. 00:06:44
6.   Play with flash player The motif of Paul's attitude to his profession. 00:06:56
7.   Play with flash player The end of the affair. 00:07:10
8.   Play with flash player As for me, Anna, it was a remarkable fact… 00:08:23
9.   Play with flash player They ate, and he looked over at her and said… 00:04:05
10.   Play with flash player One day she went with him to his home. 00:07:55
11.   Play with flash player Later that evening he said, laughing… 00:05:47
12.   Play with flash player Ella had a dream which was unpleasant and disturbing. 00:07:26


Disc 8

  The Golden Notebook (Unabridged)
1.   Play with flash player The Blue Notebook – The blue notebook began with a sentence… 00:05:43
2.   Play with flash player 9th October, 1946 00:06:37
3.   Play with flash player Jan. 19th, 1950 00:06:50
4.   Play with flash player Jan. 31st, 1950 00:07:42
5.   Play with flash player 15th March, 1950 00:06:00
6.   Play with flash player 9th June, 51 00:06:02
7.   Play with flash player 28th June, 52 00:06:22
8.   Play with flash player December 3rd, 52 00:07:55
9.   Play with flash player 9th April, 1954 00:06:22
10.   Play with flash player Free Women 2 – Two visits, some telephone calls… 00:06:56
11.   Play with flash player He sat down, arranged himself neatly… 00:06:35
12.   Play with flash player Tommy lowered his head, sat frowning. 00:05:49


Disc 9

  The Golden Notebook (Unabridged)
1.   Play with flash player Tommy said: 'After I went to my father's office…' 00:05:40
2.   Play with flash player This shock reached Anna's diaphragm… 00:07:35
3.   Play with flash player She said at last: 'I know what you've come here for.' 00:06:25
4.   Play with flash player Some time later, perhaps as long as an hour… 00:06:03
5.   Play with flash player Now he came and sat down opposite her… 00:05:31
6.   Play with flash player Marion, when she came in, smiled… 00:06:05
7.   Play with flash player 'Why don't you go to bed' 00:07:09
8.   Play with flash player The Notebooks – The black notebook continued empty… 00:06:31
9.   Play with flash player 'Oh, my dear, you are so marvellous…' 00:05:12
10.   Play with flash player 'Do you remember the excitement you talked about' 00:05:36
11.   Play with flash player Letter from Mrs. Edwina Wright… 00:07:54
12.   Play with flash player 'Anna, I liked your book so much.' 00:08:59


Disc 10

  The Golden Notebook (Unabridged)
1.   Play with flash player Now we are suddenly both very angry. 00:04:41
2.   Play with flash player The Red Notebook – August 28th 1954 00:04:29
3.   Play with flash player I dreamed marvellously. 00:05:08
4.   Play with flash player Here were pasted in some scribbled sheets… 00:06:29
5.   Play with flash player The talk became desultory… 00:05:11
6.   Play with flash player 'I often wonder if I am getting the correct advice…' 00:05:20
7.   Play with flash player The Yellow Notebook continues – The Shadow of the Third 00:05:26
8.   Play with flash player Next morning she slept too long… 00:06:02
9.   Play with flash player His face, his full eyes, were momentarily immobilised… 00:07:38
10.   Play with flash player And now she made a decision. 00:05:56
11.   Play with flash player Near her a man was sitting, absorbed in magazines… 00:08:44
12.   Play with flash player Her son woke her two hours later… 00:08:17
13.   Play with flash player He had a bed - sitting room and a bath in an expensive hotel. 00:05:32


Disc 11

  The Golden Notebook (Unabridged)
1.   Play with flash player She thought this one out slowly… 00:07:00
2.   Play with flash player Ella spent the following evening with him. 00:08:23
3.   Play with flash player The Blue Notebook continued – 15th September 1954 00:06:35
4.   Play with flash player It must be about six o'clock. 00:08:54
5.   Play with flash player Now it is nearly eight o'clock... 00:06:49
6.   Play with flash player And now I must hurry. 00:06:59
7.   Play with flash player I ought really to be thinking over the coming encounter… 00:05:48
8.   Play with flash player When I get off the bus… 00:06:41
9.   Play with flash player Meanwhile Comrade Butte sits waiting. 00:04:10
10.   Play with flash player There is a startled silence… 00:04:51
11.   Play with flash player I read magazines and periodicals published in English… 00:05:11
12.   Play with flash player Before I start on the 'welfare work'… 00:08:07


Disc 12

  The Golden Notebook (Unabridged)
1.   Play with flash player About eighteen months ago… 00:06:42
2.   Play with flash player For a year I have been answering these letters… 00:05:47
3.   Play with flash player I say 'Jack, when I leave, will there be anyone…' 00:04:42
4.   Play with flash player And now I see his face has put on a stubborn closed look… 00:04:22
5.   Play with flash player It is raining again, a small tedious drizzle. 00:07:17
6.   Play with flash player And now the cooking for Michael. 00:03:51
7.   Play with flash player I realise it is getting late. 00:07:22
8.   Play with flash player Free Women Three – Tommy adjusts himself to being blind… 00:07:07
9.   Play with flash player There never was a moment at which Tommy broke down. 00:07:14
10.   Play with flash player It was expressed by the single fact… 00:06:41
11.   Play with flash player A few days later Molly telephoned… 00:07:16
12.   Play with flash player Richard's lips actually trembled… 00:05:32
13.   Play with flash player Refusing to help him, not only out of dislike for him… 00:05:36


Disc 13

  The Golden Notebook (Unabridged)
1.   Play with flash player Richard with an effort took himself to his desk… 00:07:09
2.   Play with flash player She opened her eyes, giddy and afraid… 00:06:42
3.   Play with flash player Anna reached the cleanliness of her own flat… 00:07:44
4.   Play with flash player Marion said: 'I'm sorry if I gave you a fright…' 00:05:48
5.   Play with flash player She sat staring, serious, ironical. 00:07:08
6.   Play with flash player 'Do you remember that black leader…' 00:05:27
7.   Play with flash player Marion left, creeping downstairs… 00:05:44
8.   Play with flash player With which she went to the bathroom, to get ready for bed. 00:08:59
9.   Play with flash player That was the dream she woke with in the morning… 00:05:03
10.   Play with flash player The Notebooks – The black notebook now fulfilled… 00:05:48
11.   Play with flash player 12th November 00:05:59
12.   Play with flash player In every direction, all around us, were the insects, coupling. 00:07:19


Disc 14

  The Golden Notebook (Unabridged)
1.   Play with flash player Suddenly Paul sprang over and trod deliberately… 00:06:36
2.   Play with flash player We prepared for a lazy interval. 00:07:12
3.   Play with flash player There was again an intense silence. 00:06:41
4.   Play with flash player Time passed. We smoked. We waited. 00:07:28
5.   Play with flash player Maryrose closed her eyes again. 00:05:50
6.   Play with flash player 'Look,' said Jimmy. 00:06:17
7.   Play with flash player The right side of the black notebook, under the heading… 00:05:28
8.   Play with flash player Came to know the young American writer James Schaffer. 00:08:23
9.   Play with flash player Easter Sunday 00:03:03
10.   Play with flash player Blood on the Banana Leaves 00:08:48
11.   Play with flash player Here was pinned to the page a review… 00:05:35
12.   Play with flash player The Red Notebook continued – 13th November 1955 00:08:07


Disc 15

  The Golden Notebook (Unabridged)
1.   Play with flash player The Yellow Notebook continued – The Shadow of the Third 00:06:51
2.   Play with flash player A few weeks later, Ella sees Julia, tells her… 00:07:41
3.   Play with flash player Next day she telephones Julia… 00:08:22
4.   Play with flash player That evening Ella goes to Julia's house… 00:05:56
5.   Play with flash player Ella finds this story inside herself… 00:03:53
6.   Play with flash player About this time Ella pays a visit to her father. 00:08:21
7.   Play with flash player Ella, alone in her room, looks into her private pool… 00:06:47
8.   Play with flash player For something like eighteen months, the blue notebook… 00:06:51
9.   Play with flash player I remember how she sat opposite me… 00:06:47
10.   Play with flash player 'What do you want me to say then' 00:05:47
11.   Play with flash player At this point, another thick black line across the page. 00:07:05
12.   Play with flash player Telling Mother Sugar of this dream… 00:04:12


Disc 16

  The Golden Notebook (Unabridged)
1.   Play with flash player What is happening is something new in my life. 00:07:13
2.   Play with flash player Another heavy black line. 00:06:06
3.   Play with flash player Within a week of my having gone to bed with Nelson… 00:06:42
4.   Play with flash player Well, from the moment Nelson came in… 00:06:01
5.   Play with flash player It was quite late, as I've said, about midnight… 00:06:44
6.   Play with flash player But now, suddenly, the tiny blonde woman… 00:07:44
7.   Play with flash player He went off, shouting and screaming at me – at women. 00:06:08
8.   Play with flash player I suddenly had a telephone call from him… 00:06:16
9.   Play with flash player Later on in the evening he told me the following story. 00:04:39
10.   Play with flash player In the morning I gave him breakfast. 00:06:50
11.   Play with flash player Free Women 4 – Anna and Molly influence Tommy… 00:06:32
12.   Play with flash player Molly telephoned, in a state of near collapse, soon after. 00:07:49


Disc 17

  The Golden Notebook (Unabridged)
1.   Play with flash player The stairs were narrow and dark. 00:06:58
2.   Play with flash player Anna's voice cracked. 00:07:25
3.   Play with flash player At this moment a sound from the foot of the stairs. 00:07:01
4.   Play with flash player Anna went home slowly. 00:06:37
5.   Play with flash player The Notebooks – The black notebook now abandoned… 00:03:47
6.   Play with flash player The red notebook, like the black notebook… 00:07:17
7.   Play with flash player Meanwhile our old friendship had been restored… 00:07:10
8.   Play with flash player The yellow notebook continued. 00:06:57
9.   Play with flash player *7 A Short Story 00:06:29
10.   Play with flash player *12 A Short Story 00:05:57
11.   Play with flash player *19 The Romantic Tough School of Writing 00:05:52
12.   Play with flash player The blue notebook continued, but without dates. 00:07:33


Disc 18

  The Golden Notebook (Unabridged)
1.   Play with flash player I put myself back into the state of mind… 00:06:21
2.   Play with flash player The American, Mr. Green, was coming today… 00:05:17
3.   Play with flash player Saul Green came to see the room and to leave his things. 00:05:06
4.   Play with flash player (From this point on in the diary, or chronicle…) 00:08:50
5.   Play with flash player Spent today playing 'the game'. 00:06:57
6.   Play with flash player I felt my stomach clench… 00:05:03
7.   Play with flash player He has a way of being about at the time… 00:06:28
8.   Play with flash player I wrote the last sentence three days ago… 00:05:16
9.   Play with flash player I slept lightly, with terrible dreams. 00:05:33
10.   Play with flash player Then we went to drink coffee, and we talked about politics… 00:06:12
11.   Play with flash player I sat in the kitchen and thought over what I'd just said. 00:07:56
12.   Play with flash player When he came back, I knew I'd been waiting… 00:06:11
13.   Play with flash player Then the delight vanished as I came across an entry… 00:04:02


Disc 19

  The Golden Notebook (Unabridged)
1.   Play with flash player I've just been up to have another look at the diary… 00:06:24
2.   Play with flash player Today he came in and I knew by instinct… 00:06:04
3.   Play with flash player He gave me a quick, startled look and walked out. 00:06:01
4.   Play with flash player He stopped in his striding walk around the room… 00:07:15
5.   Play with flash player (*17) We have had a week of being happy. 00:05:33
6.   Play with flash player He said: 'Come here' – moving away and gesturing… 00:04:42
7.   Play with flash player Last night, when I had finished writing… 00:07:05
8.   Play with flash player But now, writing it, and reading what I've written… 00:06:32
9.   Play with flash player We began discussing the state of the left in Europe… 00:05:26
10.   Play with flash player Then in front of my eyes I saw the letter… 00:05:36
11.   Play with flash player Saul had not moved. 00:06:56
12.   Play with flash player When he came down it was late… 00:08:10


Disc 20

  The Golden Notebook (Unabridged)
1.   Play with flash player I said to myself in my sleep… 00:05:28
2.   Play with flash player And then I got up and switched on the lights… 00:07:52
3.   Play with flash player After breakfast I took my shopping basket… 00:06:59
4.   Play with flash player The Golden Notebook 00:06:27
5.   Play with flash player As his feet went down the stairs… 00:07:21
6.   Play with flash player Then the dream, or the sleep, became quite thin… 00:07:39
7.   Play with flash player This voice faded; but already the film had changed. 00:05:14
8.   Play with flash player I woke into the stuffy dark of the room… 00:06:25
9.   Play with flash player I put on some early Armstrong. I sat on the floor. 00:06:50
10.   Play with flash player I rang Molly's number, and I said… 00:06:14
11.   Play with flash player And suddenly he leaped up and off the bed… 00:07:45
12.   Play with flash player He was cold, so I held him in my arms, full of happiness. 00:04:29


Disc 21

  The Golden Notebook (Unabridged)
1.   Play with flash player I stood and thought… 00:05:05
2.   Play with flash player As soon as the dream came on… 00:06:35
3.   Play with flash player A short story: or a short novel: comic and ironic… 00:08:52
4.   Play with flash player I cooked and we slept. 00:08:46
5.   Play with flash player Free Women 5 – Molly gets married and Anna has an affair 00:05:39
6.   Play with flash player Anna found that she was spending her time in a curious way. 00:05:57
7.   Play with flash player One afternoon she went to sleep and dreamed. 00:06:00
8.   Play with flash player Late that night the bell rang. 00:06:13
9.   Play with flash player He returned to the table and remarked… 00:05:23
10.   Play with flash player At last he said: 'Well, that's fixed. Another soul for sanity.' 00:07:56
11.   Play with flash player In the morning she felt him deadly cold in her arms… 00:04:20
12.   Play with flash player When Janet came home she found Anna… 00:05:05

Total Playing Time: 27:32:23






Author(s):
Lessing, Doris

Reader(s):
Stevenson, Juliet

Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Genre: Classic Fiction

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: NAX15812

Barcode: 9789626341582

Release Date: 2010

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