To the ladies … and some monsters out there, from Hog


Ya gotta check out “The Cleft” by Doris Lessing  ($17.13 from

“In the last years of his life, a contemplative Roman senator embarks on one last epic endeavor: to retell the history of human creation and reveal the little-known story of the Clefts, an ancient community of women living in an Edenic coastal wilderness. The Clefts have neither need nor knowledge of men; childbirth is controlled through the cycles of the moon, and they bear only female children. But with the unheralded birth of a strange new child?a boy?the harmony of their community is suddenly thrown into jeopardy.”

“In this fascinating and beguiling novel, Lessing confronts the themes that inspired much of her early writing: how men and women manage to live side by side in the world and how the troublesome particulars of gender affect every aspect of our existence.”

Heard about it on NPR last night. Sounds like fun.

Hint: The fems (The Clefts) are in charge and refer to man-childs as “deformed monsters” because their goodies are on the outside. Gotta love it!

When you’ve finished, maybe you can lend me your copy.

Ur favorite (barely) deformed monster in Grove City, PA


2 Responses to “To the ladies … and some monsters out there, from Hog”

  1. dmills Says:

    I read Doris Lessing a long time ago when she wrote about a woman making her way through life, living in Africa. Her writing was compelling, but not easy, as I remember. This newest book reminds me of “The Gate to Women’s Country” by Sheri S. Tepper … not in the details, but in the spirit of woman-led society with men being outside the culture. I remember that being a fairly good read as well. I will look for the Lessing book at the library….Hey Hog….remember libraries ?? where you can read books for free!!!

  2. Hayden Says:

    What? Man-childs with internal goodies is non-deformed non-monsters?

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