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The Fifth Child - Doris Lessing
The Fifth Child
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Doris Lessing's contemporary gothic horror story—centered on the birth of a baby who seems less than human—probes society's unwillingness to recognize its own brutality.Harriet and David Lovatt, parents of four children, have created an idyll of domestic bliss in defiance of the social trends of... show more
Doris Lessing's contemporary gothic horror story—centered on the birth of a baby who seems less than human—probes society's unwillingness to recognize its own brutality.Harriet and David Lovatt, parents of four children, have created an idyll of domestic bliss in defiance of the social trends of late 1960s England. While around them crime and unrest surge, the Lovatts are certain that their old-fashioned contentment can protect them from the world outside—until the birth of their fifth baby. Gruesomely goblin-like in appearance, insatiably hungry, abnormally strong and violent, Ben has nothing innocent or infant-like about him. As he grows older and more terrifying, Harriet finds she cannot love him, David cannot bring himself to touch him, and their four older children are afraid of him. Understanding that he will never be accepted anywhere, Harriet and David are torn between their instincts as parents and their shocked reaction to this fierce and unlovable child whose existence shatters their belief in a benign world.
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Format: papier
ISBN: 9780679721826
Publisher: Vintage
Pages no: 144
Edition language: English
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PijanaPoMalinach
PijanaPoMalinach rated it
5.0 Piąte dziecko
Historia niesamowicie mnie wciągnęła. Kobieta jest zmuszona wybierać między dziećmi. Sama zastanawiam się jak bym postąpiła w podobnej sytuacji. Bohaterowie powieści Harriet i David Lovattowie są idealną parą. Po ślubie kupują ogromny dom i chcą mieć liczną rodzinę - przynajmniej ośmioro dzieci. Wb...
Krazykiwi @ Kiwitopia
Krazykiwi @ Kiwitopia rated it
4.5 The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing
Apparently I am always in the mood to read this in January. In any case, this is a repost of the review I wrote a while ago for both this and it's sequel, although it's only posted on the sequel (Ben, In the World). I read these books many times, most recently a couple of years ago, but I've never...
Aerin
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deborahmarkus7
deborahmarkus7 rated it
5.0 The Fifth Child
I reread this the day Doris Lessing died. It's very short, and every sentence packs a heady concentration of power. This is the novel that introduced me to Lessing. I was lucky enough to be working in a bookstore when it was released; I read a review and immediately used my employee's discount to bu...
antediluvian Germans in a pantry
antediluvian Germans in a pantry rated it
5.0 The Fifth Child
brb ordering a diy tubal ligation kit and never ever having any children.
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