Writing Techniques in The Summer before the Dark

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Few of Lessing's novels are so clearly marked with chapter titles that provide an overall structure. Physical surroundings reflect the consciousness of the main character in many of Lessing's work and perhaps most markedly in this one. The five sections, "At Home," "Global Food," "The Holiday," "The Hotel," and "Maureen's Flat," provide the necessary physicality reflected by Kate's growth. Kate's journey begins with her leaving the familiar haven of the home she has created. She arrives in Turkey on business and then vacations there until her soul-searching urges her back to London. In London, she initially stays in a hotel and then rents a room from a girl young enough to be her daughter. The extra room provides the necessary insular space and parallel experiences for exploration of new identities.

What is most surprising but compelling is the successful manner in which Lessing brings together...

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