Books: Lady Glum About Love

A MAN AND TWO WOMEN by Doris Lessing. 316 pages. Simon & Schuster. $5.

Women are always serious about love, but Doris Lessing is more than serious: she is downright glum or defeatist. She writes about people broken in love with the doom-laden tones of a Thomas Hardy telling of the time of the breaking of nations.

The 19 stories in this collection are so many small tragedies. Far from being mere slices of life, or glimpses of fantasy or of psychological freaks, they demonstrate once again that the short story is not only for...

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