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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I didn’t have time dodis read all the stories in this collection but Lfssing Room 19 is one I highly recommend. She yearns for ‘freedom’ and can only satisfy her need by renting a seedy hotel room to sit in for seven hours a day doing nothing at all. Lessing was one I remember as having a strong impact and I think it was the story of this books’s title ot “Room 19” that resonated with me so much.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Marriage is a chasm and we are all trying to enjoy the fall. The next time she must telephone, or wait to be telephoned, nailed her to her cross. I’m sure I’ll be thinking about the title story for some time. 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.

This is my review of the short story: Matthew Rawlings is briefly unfaithful, which ultimately seems acceptable but puts a small piece of grit into the perfect machine of their marriage. Soon she was drawn to the like-minded members of the Left Book Club, a group of Communists “who read everything, and who did not think it remarkable to read.

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I believe the story is a metaphor for the contemporary society. We all want to think our relationships will be Happily-Ever- After but Lessing reminds us that this is rarely the case.


Nov 23, Laura Rittenhouse rated it it was amazing. 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 nineeen end of the story that I imagine Susan felt as well. Return to Book Page. If you have any negative ideas about short stories and how ‘they’re boring’, To Room Nineteen will completely dispel any negativity you feel.

To Room Nineteen by Doris Lessing

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. View all 11 comments. I was almost certain that would be the downfall, as it often is in relationships of the sort where partners treat it as a business unit rather than the union of two loving, beautifully flawed, emotional beings.

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To Room Nineteen

We are shown that they are seen by all of their friends as the ‘perfect couple’ and a match-made in heaven. I don’t want to presume to know what Ms Lessing was thinking about when she wrote this but it certainly made me wonder what it takes to be happy, consider how much we can actually manufacture our own happiness and whether that changes with time.

Like other women writers from southern African who did not graduate from high school such as Olive Schreiner and Nadine GordimerLessing made herself into a self-educated intellectual. Finally, having romo admitted to her husband that she is having an affair and receiving a reciprocal true lsssing, she returns to the room ninetern ends her life.

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.

She is so damaged that the ‘creative darkness’ she accesses does not heal her. Knowing that his rational world will not recognize her “irrational” feelings she tells him that she is indeed having an affair.


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? To Room Nineteen by Doris Lessing. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

It is said that married men like to sit in their cars in the garage before going back home. But then we begin to wonder if intelligence is not rather lacking in Matthew’s sensible world, for he is unable to help or to understand Susan when things start to go wrong. Mar 15, F. The briefly sketched character of Sophie Traub, the agreeable German au pair who seems to understand Susan’s plight, in so far as she can imagine a healthy response to it, is more significant and interesting.

One of the merits of the story is that we can feel the madness that this brings on Susan; the void is first “something waiting for her at home,” then “the enemy,” then “a demon,” then “a devil,” then a sinister man with gingery whiskers whom she thinks she sees in her garden.

This goes on for a year before her husband starts investigating. He confronts her about it, she tells him what she’s really been doing No trivia or quizzes yet. Sorry for bad grammar, I’m german They think they are as well. It’s the first English story that I found interesting, even it doesn’t have many events. Jul 15, Heather Sellers rated it it was amazing. 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.

Nov 24, Urwa Shoaib rated it liked it. It all seemed so unnecessary, unlikely, and utterly ridiculous.

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