The Grass Is Singing by Doris Lessing

Set in 1940s Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), this novel explores the life of a white woman, Mary, who marries a poor farmer, Dick Turner, and moves to the African veld. The story delves into their failing farm, their troubled marriage, and the racial tension surrounding their life. The isolation and harsh African environment take a toll on Mary's sanity, leading to a complex and ultimately fatal relationship with her black houseboy, Moses. The book provides a stark examination of the inherent racism of colonialism and the tragic consequences it can have on both the oppressors and the oppressed.

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