A Proper Marriage (Children of Violence #2)
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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 è un'allegoria, ha una morale da raccontarci.
Ed è la storia della paura e della difficoltà di capire ed accettare chi è diverso da noi, della fatica e della solitudine che spesso sono il prezzo da pagare per varcare dei confini, per scoprire cosa c'è fuori dal...more
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...more
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...more
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 he...more
Perché si è 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 sape...more
Martha's often contradictory feelings and thoughts were very familiar to me fr...more
After a few affairs she finds herself married to Douglas - parly because she thinks he is just as liberal as she sees herself.
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 rig...more
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 b...more
Pace is what strikes me most here: her scenes move most on insinuation, suggestion, apprehension, and almost-guesses. Summary actions cross great jumps; decisive moments turn on the glance, the gesture, the fleeting-thought-almost-understood-which-leaves-the-unsettling-impression-leading-to-great-changes.
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.