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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 347 pages
  • 135 x 203 x 22mm | 263g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 0060976659
  • 9780060976651
  • 452,934

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"This work will rank with the foremost fictional commentaries on events in our century.""-- Milwaukee Journal""Doris Lessing is the Cassandra of the documentary novel...crying for something harshly denied to our age: a longing for magic, for the irrational. Her concern for life, her independence of judgment and her gift for diagnosing our hydra-headed social ills is extraordinary." -- "Observer" "She is not the only best woman novelist we have but one of the most serious and intelligent and honest writers of the whole post-war generation." -- "Sunday Times" (London)"Imaginatively conceived...Lessing is a shrewd, dispassionate observer of contemporary history." -- "New Republic""I read the Children of Violence novels and began to understand how a person could write the problems of the world in a compelling and beautiful way. And it seemed to me that was the most important thing I could ever do." -- Barbara Kingsolver"A woman has slipped into the uneasy circle of England's Angry Young Men. No charter member of the club--not even Osborne or Amis--can have mush to teach author Doris Lessing." -- "Time"
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455 ratings
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4 44% (202)
3 24% (111)
2 3% (12)
1 1% (3)
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