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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This story is a fantastic character piece that really gets you into the head of someone you might know, might even be, but would rather not deal with. Too much of something is in itself a sickness that can drive you to madness.

Susan will find out Lawrence, Katherine Mansfieldand other writers of the earlier part of the twentieth century. Both of her parents were British: The impression given is that her madness signals the absence of an essential dimension, the dimension emphasized by D. 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.

However, while Edna Pontellier’s end is depicted as victorious and Gilman’s “madwoman” also reaches a freedom of sorts, Susan seems to succumb under her entrapment after a short-lived freedom always of sorts. There’s another book that can be added to my to-buy list! I think what gives Lessing’s story such brillance is the brutal honesty on relationships that people prefer not to think about.

But how will Susan respond?

To Room Nineteen

Nothing else goes wrong, but the result is that Susan Rawlings goes slowly mad inside the meaninglessness of her life. Retrieved December 23, from Encyclopedia. Sorry for bad grammar, I’m german The story is delicately balanced between possible explanations: There may even be a suggestion that “intelligence” should bear its military meaning: She is critical of Matthew’s response to Susan.

Jul 22, Lady Jane rated it it was ok. Paperbackpages. The protagonist is just a product of society.

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Susan slips into a dream that is “fructifying” and that caresses her “inwardly” like her own blood. Lawrence following Nietzsche, the dimension of true selfhood, creativity, and a true knowledge of dorls body.


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. I didn’t have time to read all the stories in this collection but To Room 19 is one I highly recommend.

Nov 12, Ekaterina rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 can’t believe this woman won the Nobel Prize and I can’t find an image for this collection of her stories!

All by herself, dorsi to sit there in silence and do nothing.

Once her life-illusion of perfection has collapsed she cannot bear to be anything at all—she retreats to a hotel room and simply sits there, away from the demands of a now meaningless world. Many women need more than just a foom, they need to explore themselves in order to be truly happy.

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 her whole collection and I find her writing so engaging. You realize just how little she has, despite on the surface having it all. Like some medical professionals, he does not take the time to understand what she feels, and is unwilling to face anything outside of his experience.

Her day is taken up in waiting for the children to come home, consulting with ninetren maid or worrying about dinner. She was on the shortlist for the first Man Booker International Prize in View all 11 comments.

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. The ending left me with a dull and sad feeling and I was surprised to feel nineyeen way about the action, although I kind of figured that the plot would not open up a whole new story twist. Finally, in order to get some time alone, she rents a hotel room every afternoon dofis she just sits and thinks.

The mountains themselves seemed trammelled by her unfreedom. 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: Commentary Lessing legitimizes the depression that besets many women who work at home. Normal life is represented by planning to deceive her husband into believing that the lover whom she has invented really exists.


Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Also inshe visited South Africa to see her daughter and grandchildren, and to promote her autobiography.

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 The next day, she returns to the room and kills herself.

Dec 03, Chen Wen rated it it was amazing. May 13, Matt rated it really liked it.

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 Roof, where a workman becomes obsessed with a pretty sunbather, this superb collection of stories from the s through to the s bears witness to Doris Lessing’s extraordinary perspective on the human condition. 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.

The Rawlings appear to have everything that a couple could want; having married late “amid general rejoicing” Lessing deliberately offers us this cliche to put us on our guardthey have four healthy children and create what seems to be a stable and comfortable home.

To Room Nineteen by Doris Lessing

Room 19 is a simple story about a frustrated housewife. She becomes anxious and distant, pulling away from her husband, who begins to have affairs. Jun 21, Alison Moore rated it it was amazing.