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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There’s another book that can be added to my to-buy list! The narrative tells the story of Susan, a middle-aged woman living in mid-twentieth century London. This discovery symbolically shows how the peaceful, perfect lives that people lived were not as ideal as they seemed from the outside.

Hemmed in by rationality, Susan’s emotions cannot be expressed, resulting in her suicide. With a wonderful house in the suburbs and four children, it seems to everyone else that the two have made the best choices in life.

To Room Nineteen Summary

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. In she was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize in Literature, one of Spain’s most important distinctions, for her brilliant literary works in defense of freedom and Third World causes. Beautifully poised incisive writing reveals our prejudices to ourselves. Matthew admits his own relationship with a friend of theirs and wants the two couples to get together.


Incidentally nearly forgot the original title is “To Room Nineteen” and was first published in the collection “A Man and Two Women”.

To Room Nineteen

She thinks she has the perfect marriage. These are my thoughts on the title story only.

The woman says her lover is out of town, but that she’ll suggest it when she sees him. Like the reader Susan is quite aware that these are symptoms of madness.

To Room Nineteen

When she becomes irrational and even mad she lessinf no longer function as wife, mother, or anything else. And it looks forward to the work of Fay Weldon and others.

The insight into the protagonist’s thoughts, however, makes the story refreshing and original if not as hopeful as the two above. She wonders if the choices she and her husband have made are indeed the correct choices, as everyone believes they are.

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. Books by Doris Lessing. 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.

She was on the shortlist for the first Man Booker International Prize in Susan and Matthew Rawlings are an intelligent, practical, and conventional married couple living in Richmond, a suburb of London. 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.


Open Preview See a Problem? During the postwar years, Lessing became increasingly disillusioned with the Communist movement, which she left altogether in But society demands a woman to be the one taking care of the children and the hosehold, while the men mostly are suppose to bring the money and put food on the table. So she does this by sneaking secretly renting a hotel room three times a week. It’s classed as a short story, but it’s longer than you would t This is my review of the short story: A few hours a day of solitude, without needing to manage four children, a husband and two maids.

Doris Lessing To Room Nineteen. What’s up with that??? Once her life-illusion of perfection has collapsed she cannot bear to be leessing at all—she retreats to a hotel room and simply sits there, away from the demands of a now meaningless world.

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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, Noneteen Africa Sophie seems to be a healthy mirror for Susan, even a younger self, representing possibilities and freedoms no longer open to Susan, but real for Sophie’s generation.

The final paragraphs of the story ninwteen to demonstrate the sanity of Susan’s madness. Wonderful discussion on identity