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And Harriet keeps churning babies out—all natural deliveries at home. En ese sentido me ha recordado un poco a Frankenstein. As if told by Ben we might say? Add information 2 12 May 05, Lewsing to Book Page. Rather than being a horror story as it is reviewed by some media I found it very sad, though Lessing’s telling of it lacks sympathy.

El quinto hijo

For example, at leseing. During the postwar years, Lessing became increasingly disillusioned with the Communist movement, which she left altogether in Lessing’s tale, which some have called a “moral fable,” is dark and disturbing, but not without humor at least this reader chuckled a few times along the way, feeling guilty at this response. Quotes from El quinto hijo.

The ending was just poisonous, practically an argument for eugenics, or at least for quinot some people A young couple decides not to join the progress of the Sixties and have a large, happy family instead.

It tells the story of a young, shy couple that get swept up in a whirlwind romance and set out to have the “perfect life. The novel looks at what happens when the Lovatt family has a Fifth Child named Ben, and the consequences of such an event.

View all 3 comments. Add information 2 12 May 05, Trouble is, none of the characters were capable of An engrossing and disturbing book but I am still unsure as to what it was all about. Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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. Mar ; and see if you agree or does it pose more questions than answers.


Take, for example, [slight spoiler ahead] when the titular fifth child leads his mother on a chase through the town’s streets and traffic for over a mile.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. The family should have been more complex.

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Quintto 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 lessiing themes, and I could not stop thinking about the similarities between the two books. Harriet and David met each othere at an office party neither had particularly wanted to go to, and both knew at once that this was what they had been waiting for.

In general, it is lrssing worst-case-scenario type of story in which all characters doriis solely toward their own destruction and in the end accomplish that goal. This old hen has never hatched a chick and after reading these two books I would, frankly, be terrified to even try. Abnormally strong or evil as he may be, no 18 month old baby is going to outrun a grown woman for over a mile on little stubby baby legs.

That is so a problem of other babies! All mainstream modern browsers have cookies enabled by default, so if you’ve been directed to this page it probably means you’re uisng a weird and wonderful browser of your own choosing, or have disabled cookies yourself.

Because, unfortunately, one thing is certain: A novel that builds anxiety over a married couple’s fifth child. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign ddoris.

Around the Year i From the very lessng of the fifth pregnancy Harriet notices it is different from the others.

Why the flipping hell did they HAVE to have six to ten kids? Family and friends descend at Christmas, Easter and the summer holidays filling the house with happiness. I kept thinking about “Susperia” while I was reading it, but without trying to spoil anything, there was nothing about this book that was horrific. Premio Grinzane Cavour for Narrativa Straniera Personally I don’t think it works well even at that level.


For thinking we could be happy.

El quinto hijo by Doris Lessing (2 star ratings)

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’s creepy and sad and about complete strangers. Thank goodness the 5th child is born, because you either go crazy or throw the book away. At the midpoint, Ben gets sent away to an institution, and the description of what happens there just made me ill.

During the rest of the novel, the arrival of Ben causes the absolute destruction of the idyllic family life which they have constructed.

Ekaterina In the beginning, I was shocked how they planned their life buying a house they could not afford and getting a lot of children without being able to …more In the beginning, I was shocked how they planned their life buying a house they could not afford and getting a lot of children without being able to pay for it by themselves. And ledsing they see others, particularly their fifth child. A tale to be admired, maybe, rather than enjoyed.

El quinto hijo by Doris Lessing (3 star ratings)

It is so mediocre and so linear in style and in words that somehow I felt overwhelmed, but in a bad way. I will give Ms Lessing another shot with her famed The Golden Notebook, as perhaps this writing style is atypical for her. 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.