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Dann is grown up now, hunting for knowledge and despondent over the inadequacies of his civilization. With his trusted companions Mara's daughter, his hope for the future; the abandoned child-soldier Griot, who discovers the meaning of love and the ability to sing stories; and the snow dog, a faithful friend who brings him back from the depths of despair Dann embarks on a strange and captivating adventure in a suddenly colder, more watery climate in the north.
“Exquisite prose . . . [Lessing] has imagined a world unlike any other in science-fiction literature.”
-Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“[Full of] Lessing’s acute observations . . . this dystopia, underscored by its reluctant hero’s existential dilemma . . . resembles a classical myth.”
“A fascinating story by a brilliant writer... Lessing’s prose is straightforward, uncomplicated and clear. Her characters are complex and vivid.”