Books: Soul Mates

THE MARRIAGES BETWEEN ZONES THREE, FOUR, AND FIVE by Doris Lessing Knopf; 245 pages; $10

By publishing standards, this second installment of Doris Lessing's series of visionary novels arrives at the speed of light. It was only six months ago that Shikasta unveiled Lessing's new cosmology; three vast galactic empires (two benign, one evil) and mysterious universal harmonies that, when slightly untuned, wrecked life on Shikasta. a small planet suspiciously similar to earth. The result of this disturbance was the dark underside of human history, which Lessing retold as much in sorrow as in anger. Now she has traveled past...

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