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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Her anxiety actually stems from the fact that she needs solitude sometimes.

Studying English and Media at my university has opened my eyes to a whole different section of literature that I never thought I would enjoy: Jul 05, Chloe rated it it was amazing. Jul 22, Lady Jane rated it it was ok.

This is highlighted perfectly by Lessing when Susan begins to question her life and finds that her husband has been having affairs. The end was foreseeable and fitting. She does everything to do things the right way, to be accepted, but instead she becomes deeply unhappy because she do not allow herself to have any feelings. Parkes, her housekeeper, convert it into yet another family room.

The fact that a woman should get married and have children, and live in a beautiful house is what is roim of nineeen woman. 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.

See 1 question about To Room Nineteen…. This small novel was very helpful to understand and discuss the “trapped housewife syndrome” in class for gender studies.

To Room Nineteen Summary –

Inlured by the promise of getting rich through maize farming, the family moved to the British colony in Southern Rhodesia now Zimbabwe. With the veneer of her perfect family life gone, Susan sets out on a journey of self-discovery with lewsing consequences, eventually ending with Susan going mad. Increasingly, she considers her obligations as wife and mother to be pressures that are driving her crazy.


Moreover, her madness is possible because she dares to be an individual, to be free and make her own choices, apart from societal expectations. The husband seems relieved, asks questions about him, tells her he doesn’t see himself ninfteen to anyone else, and that he’s glad they both finally opened up.

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I prefer Lessing’s novels to her stories but I picked this up from the library in order to read To Room Mar 24, Neira rated it really liked it Shelves: There was a certain slide into contentment at the end at making a decision that was solely her own, not needing to answer to anyone else for it, and I also felt the frustration of not getting the help or support that she so desperately needed, and the fear of reprisal if she should Wow!

She is critical of Matthew’s response to Susan.

To Room Nineteen 4. Though we understand her thirst, her extreme solution highlights the severity of her disease.

I think what gives Lessing’s story such brillance is the brutal honesty on relationships that people prefer not to think about. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. So many things to think about coming from such a short story. Refresh and try again. Matthew can carry on a secret affair; he has an independent emotional life. If this one is any indication, it would probably be worth it to read the entire co This was a fascinating short story, not least because it was full of surprises.

A few hours a day leszing solitude, without needing to manage four children, a husband and two maids. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

To Room Nineteen Summary

You realize just how little she has, despite on the surface having it all. We all want to think our relationships will be Happily-Ever- After but Lessing reminds us that this is rarely the case. The insight into the protagonist’s thoughts, however, makes the story refreshing and original if not as hopeful as the two above.

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During the postwar years, Lessing became increasingly disillusioned with the Communist movement, which she left altogether in Published October 10th by Flamingo first published You could easily summarise this as a book about an ungrateful woman suffering a mid-life crisis and find it devoid of anything new or interesting – but boy would you be way off the mark.

Due to this they had less opportunity to think and explore themselves, and were not for example able to write literaure in the same extent as the boys.

Her pride is hurt, so she falsely “confesses” that yes, she is also having an affair, just to be on equal terms. Everywhere on the mountains, where she met no one at all, from breakfast time to dusk, excepting sheep, or a shepherd, she came face nnieteen face with her own craziness, which might attack her in the broadest valleys, so that they seemed too small, or on nineyeen mountain top from which she could see a hundred other mountains and valleys, so that they seemed too low, too small, with the sky pressing down too close.

Her seemingly perfect family life, however, becomes increasingly insufficient for her, but she is resolved to avoid the typical responses to such inadequacy. The mad world of suicide, however, is represented in a series of largely positive images: This goes on for a year before her husband starts investigating. The protagonist is just a product of society.