The Grass is singing by Dorris Lessing was a bookclub read.
I found the book an ok read, I liked the setting of the novel and thought the author conveyed an excellent sense of time and place.
The story at the core of this novel is about race and the racist attitudes of society at this time in Southern Rhodesia.
The book is a challenging read and I found the characters quite dislikable and a relentless air of doom and gloom about the plot.
The novel opens with the announcement in a local paper of the shocking news that "Mary Turner wife of Richard Turner, a farmer at Ngesi was found murdered on the front verandah of their homestead yesterday morning. The houseboy, who has been arrested has confessed to the crime. No motive has been discovered. It is thought he was in search of Valuables.,
While I felt the Novel was extremely well written in places I never really felt the author gave me the full facts of the stroy and therefore I never believed what I was reading. I even found it difficult to understand the reason behind the actions of the murderer as it never became clear in the novel and this was very fustrating. The book did create good discussion among the group and most people while not enjoying the novel did find it a worthwhile read and a good discussion book.