Doris Lessing on Wilbur

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Doris Lessing on Wilbur

Postby WSI » Wed Nov 30, 2005 10:15 am

In the book I read at the moment (African Laughter. Four visits to Zimbabwe - of course in german with another title) Doris Lessing (more about her: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doris_Lessing) speaks on Wilbur Smith. I want to share it with u. (It's german so I have to translate it back in english, hope it works.)

As child my brother did not read and later he spend his life with people that didn't read, too. [...] Later my brother preferred those rather brutal and almost pornographic books which you can buy at the airports. He told me he was surprised to find so many books there. He liked Harold Robbins and especially Wilbur Smith. I had some problems to see him with this in emulation of my parents, so I asked him when he visited me in London: "Harry, why don't you ever read a good book?" He just looked a me disturbed - really disturbed because he could not understand my question. "A good book? What do you mean?"

So far. If anyone knows the original text, please be so kind an post it.
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Postby Nefer » Wed Nov 30, 2005 7:10 pm

WSI, we actually have a forum for all interview related material, in The Library.

I'll move this post there :)

Looking forward to the rest of the translation!
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Postby WSI » Thu Dec 01, 2005 3:30 am

I'm really moved ... but this is not interview related. It is some short extract from a book. Or is it again up to me and my misunderstandings?
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Postby WSI » Thu Dec 01, 2005 3:30 am

I'm really moved ... but this is not interview related. It is some short extract from a book. Or is it again up to me and my misunderstandings?
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Postby Nefer » Thu Dec 01, 2005 11:58 am

Oh.. er...

Not your fault, I thought it was an interview, but we'll keep it here, as it is someone's opnion on The Smith.

Unless you'd rather I moved it back?
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Postby WSI » Thu Dec 01, 2005 12:04 pm

It's ok with me. U can see it as some kind of interview because Lessing writes some kind of memories in a special style. So we'll leave it here. :arrow:
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