Quotation by Doris Lessing

The point is, that the function of the novel seems to be changing; it has become an outpost of journalism; we read novels for information about areas of life we don't know—Nigeria, South Africa, the American army, a coal-mining village, coteries in Chelsea, etc. We read to find out what is going on. One novel in five hundred or a thousand has the quality a novel should have to make it a novel—the quality of philosophy.
Doris Lessing (b. 1919), British novelist. Anna Wulf, in The Golden Notebook, p. 53, Simon and Schuster (1962).
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