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El quinto hijo by Doris Lessing (1 star ratings)

During the postwar years, Lessing became increasingly disillusioned with the Communist movement, which she left altogether in Initially, upon finishing this book, I hastily gave it 3 stars. They purchase a giant house they can barely afford and begin having children — one right after another.

A very conventional English couple of the ‘s marries, moves into a large suburban house and proceeds to fulfill their happy ambition of producing one child after another. Did she even bother to do one iota of research about her topic?

She felt rejected by him. Especially, given modern medicine progress and how ‘difficult’ children are now diagnosed and helped. I wish Lessing went deeper with the book. What a disturbing novel about how a family falls apart – about how society hates and fears – and about how a monster can be created without any intention to produce a monster. I expected no less with The Fifth Child.

Neither the institution nor its staff are demonized, nor is Harriet’s rescue portrayed as a unilaterally heroic act. A parody of a family who believes they are so much better than anyone else, and I didn’t feel bad when Ben arrived. It was an upsetting thing to write – obviously, it goes very deep into me somewhere.

That year, she also published her first novel, The Grass Is Singingand began her career as a professional writer. These questions are just as relevant today as in the s when The Fifth Child was written and I don’t think the answers are any easier. David and Harriet are both old fashioned types. It sounded intriguing and a little freaky, so I had to see what it was all about. The mother assumes he will probably move forever to some even more depraved urban pit.


Harriet xoris be a woman too weak to be good enough for lesisng child like Ben. It does seem rather dated now although I can’t quite put my finger on why, but asks deep questions about how difficult children are treated.

The other main thing that bothered me was the parents conclusion toward the end of the book that their fifth child’s nature was due to some sort of latent paleolithic genes. Approaching it as anything but a horror novel is going to make you try to put it in a box where it doesn’t belong.

So what was Lessing’s purpose here? I thought perhaps this was written before autism was really heard of, but it was written in She gives birth to her new son and wonders if she has to love him because he is her own.

In this very brief novella of less than pages, a couple of irresponsible, idealistic people with skewed and unrealistic family values for example they aspire to have children in the s, in opposition of family and peers, while sel A chilling horror tale of motherhood gone wrong, that my current reading of We Need to Talk About Kevin for my book group prompted me to revisit, as it has many overlapping themes, and I could not stop thinking about the similarities between the two books.

For me it is more an untreated subject. Let’s connect Contact Details Facebook Twitter. Gruesomely goblin-like in appearance, insatiably hungry, abnormally strong and violent, Ben has nothing innocent or infant-like about him.


La novela de Shriver Tenemos que hablar de Kevin remata lo que Doris no se atreve en la suya. I kept thinking of Kevin and how that book was so rich and powerful and beautiful and gripping, and this was none of those things. The main questions of the book seem to be: Instantly, Harriet feels a pain within her that she has never experienced.

Anytime I do that, and think that maybe I’m finding some lost literary gem that I dorris then pass off to my friends and enemies alike, I am inevitably disappointed, or at least underwhelmed.

This raises all kinds of interesting and ldssing to answer questions, and of course I am thinking, that’s a great story to write, to which my friend replied, someone did it, it’s called The Fifth Child. The characters were overall depressingly flat and i just kept wanting to bang my head at the wall at every turn, whenever they did or said something utterly absurd. The problem is that if it was anyone suinto the Lovatts, then it would have made a much better read.

Reviews on the book jacket call it a coris book, and it is not that. Did I mention that Harriet is only like 25 years old at this point?

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Yes this is about a bad seed, the last child in an otherwise happy family. This is a pretty breathtaking, fast read. Inlured by the promise of getting rich through maize farming, the family moved to the British colony in Southern Rhodesia now Zimbabwe.