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  • Title: A Proper Marriage
  • Author: Doris Lessing
  • ISBN: 9780586089996
  • Page: 298
  • Format: Paperback

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  1. Doris Lessing

    Both of her parents were British her father, who had been crippled in World War I, was a clerk in the Imperial Bank of Persia her mother had been a nurse In 1925, lured by the promise of getting rich through maize farming, the family moved to the British colony in Southern Rhodesia now Zimbabwe Like other women writers from southern African who did not graduate from high school such as Olive Schreiner and Nadine Gordimer , Lessing made herself into a self educated intellectual In 1937 she moved to Salisbury, where she worked as a telephone operator for a year At nineteen, she married Frank Wisdom, and had two children A few years later, feeling trapped in a persona that she feared would destroy her, she left her family, remaining in Salisbury 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 Gottfried Lessing was a central member of the group shortly after she joined, they married and had a son.During the postwar years, Lessing became increasingly disillusioned with the Communist movement, which she left altogether in 1954 By 1949, Lessing had moved to London with her young son That year, she also published her first novel, The Grass Is Singing, and began her career as a professional writer.In June 1995 she received an Honorary Degree from Harvard University Also in 1995, she visited South Africa to see her daughter and grandchildren, and to promote her autobiography It was her first visit since being forcibly removed in 1956 for her political views Ironically, she is welcomed now as a writer acclaimed for the very topics for which she was banished 40 years ago.In 2001 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 She also received the David Cohen British Literature Prize She was on the shortlist for the first Man Booker International Prize in 2005 In 2007 she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature Extracted from the pamphlet A Reader s Guide to The Golden Notebook Under My Skin, HarperPerennial, 1995 Full text available on dorislessing.

809 thoughts on “A Proper Marriage”

  1. This is page after page after page of close, conscientious fiction writing, of the old fashioned sort that tries unironically to put you in the mind of someone else So successful is Lessing that after reading two books in this sequence, I genuinely feel like I ve experienced growing up as a woman in 1930s Rhodesia I can recommend the experience Having watched Martha Quest grow from a girl into a young woman during book one, here we see her grapple with the emotions of marriage, pregnancy and mot [...]


  2. This novel follows Martha Quest and personally I advise readers to come to this after reading the beginning of Martha s story The tone of self reproach taking Martha to be an avatar of the author is perhaps a little softer here, and the character seems psychologically independent from her creator and a stronger individual, although she is still written as someone at the mercy of the currents she strays into making her tale a perfect canvas to sketch the contours of a history Once again it is am [...]


  3. On Friday night, I was sitting at table with a few coworkers I can tolerate at our office holiday dinner and found myself thinking of this book The holiday dinner is a formal ish affair, held in a nice banquet space People are in their holiday, squeaky clean finest While I enjoy the sitting, talking, eating, and drinking parts, the dinner involves other things I m not very good at and do not enjoy the mingling, the small talk, the awkward holiday hugs that are close to turning into someone accid [...]


  4. Quando all inizio del libro la conosciamo, Martha Quest ha 19 anni, sposata da cinque giorni con Douglas e gi detesta suo marito e tutto quello che comporta la vita matrimoniale in termini di doveri i ricevimenti, le pratiche anticoncezionali, la partecipazione ai comitati di beneficenza Perch si sposata Martha non ce lo dice, probabilmente non lo sa nemmeno lei e D Lessing non ritiene interessante raccontare le circostanze che hanno portato a questa unione invece io avrei voluto saperlo, ma and [...]


  5. Martha Quest The name is appropriate During this work, and the previous novel, I disliked Martha Every gentle or humane action, or emotion, is crushed, either by the object, or by Martha s own determination to avoid sentimentality She identifies frailty, and carves it away, either by laughter, or self discipline This determination makes her a cold mother, a shallow friend, and a temporary wife I hoped she would allow herself one carefree, emotional indulgence But no Even an affair she intends to [...]


  6. This to me was very much a feminist book A book about a woman with visions and passions who hasn t yet discovered her own voice or strength It seems like things are just happening to her while her inner thoughts rebel quietly It could be a frustrating read if it wasn t so realistic Martha is not a hero, she is woman living in a turbulent time when people are mostly lost and the future is uncertain to say the least.Martha s often contradictory feelings and thoughts were very familiar to me from m [...]




  7. I m a conventional male who had a happy childhood and a good marriage 55 years so far this coming December with a wife who wanted children and who bore 7 So it should be no surprise to anyone reading this review if there is anyone when I say I found Martha Quest to be shallow, selfish, and rather foolish She is rather young in this second book of Lessing s 5 volume Children of Violence series so perhaps those qualities should not be entirely unexpected She rejected religion and many not all of i [...]


  8. The second book of the Children of Violence series This was better than the first book It is a perceptive look at relationships and politics in Rhodesia at the time of the Second World War The feminist main theme may not seem as radical now as it did in the fifties or even in the early seventies when I read this for the first time but it is very well done, especially in that it is not strident but shows the protagonist as struggling within her own mind between her ideal of what a relationship sh [...]


  9. Inizio a dire che una lettura stra consigliatissima La Lessing ha voluto raccontarci una fiaba con tanto di Regina bellissima, Re guerriero e paesi lontani e difficili da raggiungere.Ma come tutte le favole, anche Un pacifico matrimonio un allegoria, ha una morale da raccontarci.Ed la storia della paura e della difficolt di capire ed accettare chi diverso da noi, della fatica e della solitudine che spesso sono il prezzo da pagare per varcare dei confini, per scoprire cosa c fuori dal nostro picc [...]


  10. I wish Lessing s work was well known in the U.S.True story I was reading this on my lunch break at a temp job for an ad agency in NYC some years ago One of the executives walked by, a man, and asked, Is that a marriage manual Are you getting married He was trying to be friendly, so I tried not to sledgehammer him too badly I just said, No, it s a novel by a famous author Duh.



  11. I loved this book The descriptive passages were fantastic I enjoyed the scene where Martha walks through her pantry enjoying the products around her.


  12. I guess I m still naive enough to be surprised that Lessing s characters had such modern problems lo those 60 years ago A slow, thoughtful book.


  13. Since I m currently reading several of the author s novels, I may be a little biased But, this is very clearly a major, successful and well worth a read work While it s not my favorite Doris Lessing novel so far, it is nevertheless quite remarkable The setting is authentic if kept purposefully generic, the characters are believable and well developed Doris Lessing conveys a deep and tragic feeling of the entrapment of her protagonist and also writes a description of childbirth that is astonishin [...]


  14. Seconda guerra mondiale in una colonia inglese sudafricana Martha una ragazza di 20 anni che si sposa con Douglas, giovane di cui non innamorata, ma di cui gi incinta La protagonista vive la gravidanza e i primi anni di vita di Caroline con ansia e frustrazione si pente di essersi sposata e teme di non provare a per sua figlia Si avvicina ai gruppi politici di sinistra e aderisce al progetto di formare una sezione del Partito Comunista si innamora di William, attivista pi giovane di lei Martha a [...]


  15. You would think Doris Lessing s autobiographical quintet of novels, Children of Violence, which I devoured in my teens, would have taught me to avoid the misfortune of early marriage Alas, books do not work that way.The heroine of A Proper Marriage, Martha Quest, is a rebel, but she, too, impulsively marries at 19 She has left her parents farm and believes she is independent, though she does not find quite what she wants in a small African town She is bookish, analytical, leftist, and determined [...]


  16. I would say that I didn t like this volume quite as much as Martha Quest, but it was nonetheless very good and I really liked it Perhaps my issue was that we see Martha moving further into complacency and much of the resistance to her circumstances and surroundings, which defines much of the character, is internalized A good chunk of the book deals with Martha s unexpected pregnancy, leading to a lengthy and torturous childbirth scene, and her near constant ambivalence and misgivings toward her [...]


  17. As if there had been no break between chapters, the second of Lessing s Children of Violence series finds Martha newly married and back from a honeymoon invaded by her husband Douglas pack of friends from the club.She adjusts to marriage through the ignorance of her natural inclination She adjusts through the help of the imposing Stella and a new friend, who she later joins in pregnancy and in the delivery ward.Martha s conflict over her pregnancy and motherhood, from conception to birth and bey [...]


  18. Martha Quest s continuation in the Lessing series, A Proper Marriage was for me, a hard and painful read Another woman bleeding under the crushing repression of society, this time the woman as a privileged white citizen in a colony in Africa, the tale is the second of the series and describes teenage marriage A story of undoing, and rejection, the ultimate throwing off of forced identity craftily imposed upon the fog of a lack of education and the flight to opportunity Time wise, the long windin [...]


  19. Ainda superior ao primeiro livro da s rie Children of Violence , esta obra fant stica Contando desde o in cio da vida de casada da protagonista at seu engajamento pol tico e separa o, Lessing, como poucos autores, tem a capacidade de lidar com os mais diversos assuntos de uma maneira flu da e, ao mesmo tempo, sincera e profunda Obviamente o ponto mais chamativo s o as quest es sobre a sociedade patriarcal, o casamento, a posi o da mulher apenas como uma geradora de filhos, as liberdades que os m [...]


  20. In this second of the five volume series Lessing continues her intimate, kitchen sink portrayal of the life of White Africa Martha Quest.In the first novel we saw Martha leap into marriage as a way of escaping what she viewed as the emotional prison of her parent s home, only to find that her life after marriage is just as constrained as her previous existence.Becoming pregnant and having a daughter does nothing to secure Martha s place in the world, she still feels she exists only at the behest [...]


  21. Continuing story of Martha Quest following her through beginning of marriage and birth of daughter By the end she finds that her spirit demands independence as she begins to assert her own identity and leaves her husband Aspects of interest include child birthing and rearing practices prescribed according to accepted British medical standards of the time, glimpses of virulent race hatred among the white colonial African population, and an insider view of beginnings of communist party in small co [...]


  22. I managed to pick up book 2 in a series of 5 Never mind I don t know if I missed anything essential from the first book characters did seem to appear without much in the way of background or introduction but that might just have been the way it was written I wasn t hopelessly at sea.I liked the book but felt it was too much of one episode in a series and didn t stand very clearly by itself It also seemed a bit disjointed at times.Not really sure whether to go on and read book 3, or to go back an [...]


  23. Just as I was reading this novel, Doris Lessing was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature This is the sequel of the story of Martha Quest in the Children of Violence series Martha, now married, becomes the mother of Caroline and starts asking herself questions about whether or not she has made the right choices She does not understand the society she is living in, where the kaffirs are not well considered, where people are so influenced by propaganda, just as WWII is breaking out.Was she right [...]


  24. Martha s quasi revulsion for her husband, her conflicted take on suburban domestic life, the taboo complexity of her relationship to motherhood and her infant daughter, her sexual ambivalence, all of this is amazing, especially given the time in which this novel was written A times, I felt the story drag, but that may say about my limited attention span as a poet and contemporary reader than anything else.


  25. Doris Lessing tells about Martha Quest s life in the town near her birthplace She works in an office, she goes to dances and reluctantly she is drawn into the life of the colonialists in the town She considers herself to be a socialist, but she does nothing about it just as she wants to be independent and get an education but does nothing about it.After a few affairs she finds herself married to Douglas parly because she thinks he is just as liberal as she sees herself.


  26. I had a very hard time getting through this book I understand it was highly acclaimed when it came out, but I found it unsatisfying It s basically about a woman who makes a bad marriage Ultimately she chooses to end the marriage, but we have to read a lot of pages before we get to that point It s a long ride for a 350 page book.


  27. Martha trying to break away from being carried along by the tide in pre war colonial Africa The childbirth sequence was well described Not clear why she was drawn to a left wing group, were there really that many air force men in sub saharan Africa Good picture of the white colonists thinking their society would go on for ever.


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