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TO ROOM NINETEEN caravanserai needed a well-paid job to maintain it. And Susan’s practical iirtelligence for the sake of Matthew, the children, the house and . When I say that Doris Lessing is one of the top published fiction writers still living, you will know to a) take it to the bank, yet b) also go out and get a copy of her. “To Room Nineteen,” first published in the collection A Man and Two Women in , pursues Doris Lessing’s intense interest in the consciousness of women.

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To Room Nineteen

The ending left me with a dull and sad feeling and I was surprised to feel that way about the action, although I kind of figured that the plot would not open up a whole new story ninegeen.

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The wife ceases to have a life besides her family, while the husband is ever more absent from home, becoming entranced in his work and finding comfort outside of marriage. Nov 24, Urwa Shoaib rated it liked it. Life and relationships doriz messy and women typically get the short end of the stick.

Also inshe visited South Africa to see her daughter and grandchildren, and to promote her autobiography.

To Room Nineteen only. ByLessing had moved to London with her young son. Copyright Super Summary. Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

I think what gives Lessing’s story such brillance is the brutal honesty on relationships that people prefer not to think about. I cannot say much about this story as there is so much that happens, it’s very hard not to reveal any spoilers. Lessing was one I remember as having a strong impact and I think it was the story of this books’s title – “Room 19” that resonated with me so much. In she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

For more than four decades, Doris Lessing’s work has wittily and wryly observed the muddle and passion of human relations, unflinchingly dissected its truths and shown us the unique quality of her understanding.


To Room Nineteen

This is my review of the short story: Lessing is noted for her craftsmanship in honing stories that effectively critique the social settings of her time. Susan and Matthew Rawlings marry in their late twenties and raise four children.

Everywhere on the mountains, where she rooom no one at all, from breakfast time to dusk, excepting sheep, or a shepherd, she came face to face with her own craziness, which might attack her in the b I’m sure I’ll be thinking about the title story for some time. I was expecting something more realistic considering we’re talking about an “intelligent” marriage.

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Jul 05, Chloe rated it it was amazing. I would find it difficult to put it in any specific category – it could be anything from a tragic love story to a psycho-thriller, or maybe it’s a bit of both. I am very grateful to have studied short stories at university because my eyes were opened to Lessing’s work and I cannot wait to buy dori whole collection and I find her writing so engaging.

He confronts her about it, she tells him what she’s really been doing She was just renting the hotel room to have alone time from the kids and responsibilities, She’s disgusted by the idea of a foursome, by her husband, by the things she made up She becomes anxious and distant, pulling away from her husband, who begins to have affairs. I am also a fan because of the provocative statement she made she received the Nobel Prize for literature in A Hunger for Books It gave me fuel for my project to try to help build libraries and computer centers in Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa Normal life is represented by planning to deceive her husband into believing that the lover whom she has invented really exists.

Nov 23, Laura Rittenhouse rated it it was amazing. Me ha dejado un poco en una especie de shock. This short story starts off quite innocently, pairing up husband and wife in their seemingly equal circumstances… Up until the wife is singled out in the task of giving up her career to look after their children. Neerja Tripathi guilty as charged. Well, the story kind of lost me when later on in their marriage, the wife started blaming her anxieties on demons, and talked about literally seeing demons.


Some parts were really exciting and catching for me dialogues with her husband, hotel feelings.

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It is not the best thing I ever read, and even if it is not hard to read it has a deeper meaning to it. I read only the title story, however I felt the anxiety lessign Susan describes, and I felt the utter sadness, or even touching on despondency, when you reach the end of the story that I imagine Susan ninegeen as well.

The impression given is that her madness signals the absence of an essential dimension, the dimension emphasized by D. Room nineteen gives her the identity that her home life denies. Both of her parents were British: One of the merits of the story is that we can feel the madness that this brings on Susan; the void is first “something waiting for her at home,” then “the enemy,” then “a demon,” then “a devil,” then a sinister man with gingery whiskers whom she thinks she sees in her garden.

I didn’t have time to read all the stories in this collection but To Room 19 is one I highly recommend. Susan has lived a lie. Hemmed in by rationality, Susan’s emotions cannot be expressed, resulting in her suicide. He thinks she’s having an affair.

Return to Book Page. Too much of something is in itself a sickness that can drive you to madness. The way the story opened up, it did seem like it was taking that route. Paperbackpages. Lessing explicitly canvases the options: Mar 15, F.

Dorie all want to think our relationships will be Happily-Ever- After but Lessing reminds us that this is rarely the case. When you have everything you have ever wished for, have ever wanted and planned for, what is there more to have ninefeen look forward to then?