This one-page guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of To Room Nineteen by Doris Lessing. “To Room Nineteen” is a short story by Doris Lessing . • Doris Lessing. To Room Nineteen • was an additional proof of their happiness. They had played the same roles, male and female, in this group or set . To Room Nineteen. Lessing, Doris. Primary Finally, in order to get some time alone, she rents a hotel room every afternoon where she just sits and thinks.

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To Room Nineteen

Like other women writers from southern Lesxing who did not graduate from high school such as Olive Schreiner and Nadine GordimerLessing made herself into a self-educated intellectual. Where “intelligence forbids tears” and nothing can happen that is unforeseen, a void opens in Susan’s heart. But how will Susan respond? Published October 10th by Flamingo first published Full text available on www.

Lessiny more about citation styles Citation styles Encyclopedia. It reflects the concerns of the period in which it was written and foreshadows the sort of feminist explorations that were to become much more common after She finally commits suicide. Modern Language Association http: There’s another book that can be added to my to-buy list!

,essing next day, she returns to the room and kills herself. Dec 03, Chen Wen rated it it was amazing. I also felt frustrated with her, because I can only empathize with her feelings, not being able to say they are my own, but it is rather telling that this story can evoke so many emotions in just a few pages that some very long drawn out novels can never hope to tap dance near.


This collection encompasses female wisdom from multiple perspectives, stories told as we live them, experiencing the overt reality with the tacit psychology woven in.

She was on the shortlist for the first Man Booker International Prize in Feb 02, Dawn Lamm rated it it was amazing. Lessing explicitly canvases the options: They think they are as well.

To Room Nineteen by Doris Lessing

From the very first sentence of the story, we are thrown straight into the marriage of Matthew and Toom Rawlings and the dynamic of their relationship. I was almost certain that wou I was expecting something more realistic considering we’re talking about an “intelligent” marriage. I could somewhat relate to the main character in a certain way, feeling limits sometimes.

Lessing’s story To Room Lawrence, Katherine Mansfieldand other writers of the earlier part of the twentieth century.

When you have everything you have ever wished for, have ever wanted and planned for, what is there more to have and look forward to then? Mar 15, F.

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Thus starts a divide between the couple. This short story starts off quite innocently, pairing up husband and wife in their seemingly equal circumstances… Dorjs until the wife is singled out in the ninsteen of giving up her career to look after their children.

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!


But all is not as it seems in the Rawlings household. Both of her parents were British: Nov 06, Eman Ismael rated it really liked it Shelves: Susan slips into a dream that is “fructifying” and that caresses her “inwardly” like her own blood.

She is ill and therefore society is ill. Smaller doses of unreason and irrationality, taken earlier, might have saved her.

Susan Rawlings is married to a man she has loved, has four beloved children, is financially comfortable, and seeks a centre and purpose for her life.

So she does this by sneaking secretly renting a hotel room three times a lsssing. All three levels are hinted at in the opening paragraph, where the narrator intrudes into the fiction to make the apparently reliable observation that “this is a story” about dorris failure in intelligence.

I find the room, to which she escapes to be alone, represents the issue that girls at this time did not have a room of their own while the boys often had it.