A Proper Marriage

Paperback | September 1, 1995

byDoris Lessing

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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.

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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 mar...

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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 mar...

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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Format: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"