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The Grass Is Singing Summary
Doris Lessing

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The Grass Is Singing Summary

Plot Summary

This novel, written almost entirely in the form of an extended flashback, details the mental, spiritual, financial and marital disintegrations of the lives of Dick and Mary Turner, white farmers struggling to make a living off a sun-baked farm in South Africa. Set in the days of apartheid (institutionalized racism), the novel explores themes relating to the effect of apartheid on the day-to-day lives of individuals both black and white, as well as the slow simmering nature of revenge and an individual's need for self-delusion to avoid facing uncomfortable truths.

The first chapter of the novel describes events and circumstances immediately following the discovery of the body of Mary Turner, stabbed to death on her own veranda. These events include the immediate and painless surrender of her alleged murderer, a black servant named Moses, and the mental disintegration of Mary's husband, Dick. The initial investigation is conducted by...

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