A Proper Marriage by Doris LessingA Proper Marriage by Doris Lessing

A Proper Marriage

byDoris Lessing

Paperback | September 1, 1995

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An unconventional woman trapped in a conventional marriage, Martha Quest struggles to maintain her dignity and her sanity through the misunderstandings, frustrations, infidelities, and degrading violence of a failing marriage. Finally, she must make the heartbreaking choice of whether to sacrifice her child as she turns her back on marriage and security.

A Proper Marriage is the second novel in Doris Lessing's classic Children of Violence series of novels, each a masterpiece on its own right, and, taken together, an incisive and all-encompassing vision of our world in the twentieth century.

Doris Lessing was born Doris May Taylor in Persia (now Iran) on October 22, 1919. 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 Bri...
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Title:A Proper MarriageFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.01 inPublished:September 1, 1995

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ISBN - 10:0060976632

ISBN - 13:9780060976637

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"Very impressive....Portrays modern woman in all her complexity.""-- Literary Horizons""I read the Children of Violence novels and began to understand how a person could write about the problems of the world in a compelling and beautiful way. And it seems to me that as the most important thing I could ever do."-- Barbara Kingsolver"A totally modern work. Martha Quest is, above all, ironically percieved by the author in whose hands irony is an instrument of compassion."-- "New Rupublic""One cannot praise the writing too highly...She plays on language as on an instrument with the severe discipline of a professional master."-- "Best Seller""With deceptive simplicity she reveals more about the private depths of mind and soul that perhaps one ought to know."-- "Daily Telegraph"