El quinto hijo has ratings and reviews. Doris Lessing’s contemporary gothic horror story—centered on the birth of a baby who seems less than. El quinto hijo – Doris Lessing. Done. Comment. 0 views. 0 faves. 0 comments. Uploaded on May 2, All rights reserved. Show EXIF; JFIFVersion – El Quinto Hijo (Spanish, Paperback) / Author: Doris Lessing ; ; Modern fiction, General & literary fiction, Fiction, Books.

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This really gets annoying at some point, everything is so repetitive, especially since Mrs. And after all, it’s true. It wasn’t horror to me, just sad. I just couldn’t imagine that this type of child would exist; I guess that explains the comparison to Frankenstein.

El quinto hijo by Doris Lessing (1 star ratings)

That damn First World War, which rode my entire childhood, because my father was so damaged by it. Banal ideas quijto pregnancy, poverty, struggling with child’s problem has the slightest affection on me. The catalyst for visitors cutting short their stays or making excuses to be elsewhere, Harriet feels blamed for his existence and Ben’s menacing presence upsets the other children. I felt horrible for her family and disgusted with her. Poor Ben calls himself Poor Ben.

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It is getting life off on someone else’s foot. Many of the reviews I have read on goodreads have been critical of the conservative tones that lay in the text. The Fifth Child, by Doris Lessing. You choose as you read, but either way, this is a powerful book.


El quinto hijo – Doris Lessing

During the postwar years, Lessing became increasingly disillusioned with the Communist movement, which she left altogether in Mar ; and see if you agree or does it pose more questions than answers. Chi paga per le nostre scelte? Like other women writers from southern African who did not graduate from high school such as Olive Schreiner and Nadine GordimerLessing made herself into a self-educated intellectual.

I guess it reminded me of the weirdness of the recently read books: ByLessing had moved to London with her young son. What do they have to lose? They don’t belong in society with the rest of us.

Around the Year i View all 3 comments. Someone sort of tried to do this, I guess – this novel is about that, certainly – a woman has her perfect little family and then births some kind of weird demon who ends up compromising the safety of her family yet draws all of her attention.

OMG what a dull style. It was not until she left home, at eighteen, that she knew how much she owed to her childhood, for many of her friends had divorced parents, led adventitious and haphazard lives, and tended to be, as it is put, disturbed.

So the wife-mother Harriet collects Ben out of the institution he is stuck in to die. This fifth child, like the aforementioned Kevin, is unlovable, difficult, even malignant, and antagonises his mother even from the womb, and she can never bring herself to love him. Also inshe visited South Africa to see her daughter and grandchildren, and to promote her autobiography. From the very beginning of the fifth pregnancy Harriet notices it is different from the others.


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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? View all 4 comments. Both of her parents were British: David is too good for those other women. The fifth child, however, Ben, after a difficult pregnancy, turns out to be some sort of evil throwback, horrifying and sending away the extended family. But I didn’t know them any more than the passing story related third hand about a man in Fla who fucked his wife into fourteen kids he would yell at her “Flossie!

Finally the family turns on Harriet and forces Ben out of the house and off to an institution far away from the family home. Ugly, brutish, nasty, mean, powerful and violent even before his birthBen takes the entire family hostage to his anger and disturbing outbursts.

But then something happened. I saw a whir of ugly faces in a stream of going through the motions of this is the dream.

Dogis disturbed by Lessing’s portrayal of the disabled child. There is not a lot of character development, and the writing is very terse and cold. If I could give this zero stars I would.