Doris May Lessing: The Sweetest Dream

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Spanning more than thirty years, The Sweetest Dream (2001) opens in medias res on a slice of life in the late 1960s. The unconventional Lennox household is run by divorced Frances who brings up her two sons Andrew and Colin in her German mother-in-law’s large house in Hampstead. Although the communist father Jolyon Lennox, renamed comrade Johnny, is thoroughly disapproved of by his own mother Julia, he regularly comes to the house to share the dinners Frances cooks for her sons and their friends, “the waifs and strays” (SW 142, 221) sheltering at the Lennoxes. As they are nonconformist teenagers who rebel against their parents’ conservative upbringing, these children are put in the hands of Johnny …

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Brevet, Anne-Laure. "The Sweetest Dream". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 September 2013
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