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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Mar 15, F. Jul 22, Lady Jane rated it it was ok. I am both very relieved to be done as the story was a whirlwind of emotions that I did not expect to feel and saddened that it is over, because sometimes an end is truly an end, and my perspective has a very hard time rationalizing certain decisions made, regardless of the level of emotion involved, but I am very glad to have read this, and certainly will seek out the rest of Doris Lessing’s work.

Moreover, her madness is possible because she dares to be an individual, to be free and make her own choices, apart from societal expectations. Women like Susan were not able to live fulfilled lives, as is evidenced in her rote life as a housewife in a cookie-cutter scenario where kids, a home and a husband equated to bliss. An incredible story, deep and moving.

Even if many women today have the chanse to work and to educate, they never admit that marriage and children are not everything.

When she becomes irrational and even mad she can no longer function as wife, mother, or anything else. Though we understand her thirst, her extreme solution highlights the severity of her disease.

To Room Nineteen

From the magnificent ‘To Room Nineteen’, a study of a dry, controlled middle class marriage ‘grounded in intelligence’, to the shocking and sharp ‘A Woman on a Roo. SuperSummary, a modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, offers high-quality study guides that feature detailed chapter summaries and analysis of major themes, characters, quotes, and essay topics.


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

Their twelve-year marriage has produced four children and innumerable sensible decisions. If this one is any indication, it would probably be worth it to read the entire collection.

But this might not be right for all women. Her only freedom now is stasis, and this soon becomes a logical desire for the final stasis of death. Incidentally nearly forgot the original title doros “To Room Nineteen” and was first published in the collection “A Man and Two Women”.

The story’s ancestry is traceable to D. When Matthew, a subeditor dkris a large London newspaper, finally commits adultery, Susan understands and forgives.

To Room Nineteen Summary

Refresh and try again. 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. That year, she also published her first novel, The Grass Is Singingand began her career as a professional writer.

She is critical of Matthew’s response to Susan. She may find some meaning in work but will wait until the children, who need an attentive mother, are older. Too much of something is in itself a nineteenn that can drive you to madness. Beautifully poised incisive writing reveals our prejudices to ourselves. As she plays the role that society has assigned to her, from all outward appearances, Susan and her husband Matthew appear to be a model couple—perfect even.

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Jun 21, Alison Moore rated it it was amazing. But how will Susan respond? 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 lessinh support that she so desperately needed, and the fear of reprisal if she should actually tell anyone how she was feeling. Matthew can carry on a secret affair; he has an independent emotional life.

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To Room Nineteen by Doris Lessing

The protagonist is just a product of society. There may even be a suggestion that “intelligence” should bear its military meaning: Lessing is noted for her craftsmanship in honing stories that effectively critique the social settings of her time.

When Lily paints a tree in a creative space that enlarges her spirit it is a tree that Susan could never see in the garden that threatens her and where she senses the presence of her ‘enemy’, who takes a man’s image.

She is so damaged that the ‘creative darkness’ she accesses does not heal her. Inlured by the promise of getting rich through maize farming, the family moved to the British colony in Southern Rhodesia now Zimbabwe. Such a strange world we live in. If you have any negative ideas about short stories and how ‘they’re boring’, To Room Nineteen will completely dispel any negativity you feel. A few years later, feeling trapped in a persona that she feared would destroy her, she left her family, remaining in Salisbury.

They had everything they had wanted and had planned for. 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. I read only the title story, however I felt the anxiety that 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 felt as well.

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