This epochal novel is considered the best work of the famous English writer Doris Lessing, a Nobel Prize winner in 2007.
Anne Wolf, a talented writer and a staunch feminist, who is teetering on the brink of madness, writes all her thoughts and feelings into four colored notebooks: black, red, yellow and blue. But over time, there is also a fifth, a golden notebook, in which records become real eye-opener and help her to find a way out of the impasse.
Anna Wolf divides her life into four notebooks (thereby delimiting four part of herself), where writes in her thoughts and feelings. It helps her to rethink the people around and, most importantly, herself. She's trying to figure out who she is, what she is doing in this world. Anna meets with different men, join with them in a variety of relationships, but every time there is the same: as soon as they satisfy their need, they go away.
Many believe this novel to be a feminist work. Of course, this component is expressed quite strongly and clearly. However, try to pull out only this component of the overall context of the book equals Anna’s attempt to explain herself without a hitch. Some feminist attitudes and beliefs of the heroines of the novel cannot be separated from their social status, their political views and beliefs, of their real life, including personal, as well as their creativity and from attempting to assess the past, building their present and lay the foundations for the future.