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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She believes anyone who comes into contact with Ben blames her for his existence.

Especially, given modern medicine progress and how ‘difficult’ children are now diagnosed and helped. Ugly, brutish, nasty, mean, powerful and violent even before his birthBen takes the entire family hostage to his anger and disturbing outbursts. Paul, the youngest to Ben, becomes a target and develops an anxiety syndrome that will last his entire life. He is like a drug resistant virus. Quindi se voglio proseguire la lettura devo riprendere a caso nella pagina che ho smesso di leggere.

Moreover, do we indulge in our suffering, wherever it comes from? If Ms Lessing intends to explore sociopathy and psychopathy, then she would do well to explore the inner life of the characters. Did I mention that Harriet is only like 25 years old at this point?

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Lessing makes it impossible to establish the objective nature of Ben’s difference, and whether we are meant to read him as an archetype, a figure of science fiction an atavism or a product of maternal impressionsa metaphor for the construction of racial, ethnic, or class difference, or a figure of social realism a mentally disabled, physically atypical, or autistic child; a child with disabilities produced by maternal drug use.

The only damper is the nagging issue of all the children. Ein Paar, das nicht sehr lesaing wirkt, aber beide haben eine ganz bestimmte, sicher konservativ anmutende, Vorstellung, wie ihr Leben sein soll. The horror of the situation peaked about halfway through, and the faded into insignificant blandness, with no real surprises in the second half of the story. This is a difficult book with highly problematic elements. It had some really fascinating concepts, and a hojo of really, REALLY weird moments that I wish were flushed out, but ultimately, it’s more social commentary than anything else.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Want to Read saving…. Harriet and David Lovatt, qyinto of four children, have created an idyll of domestic suinto in defiance of the social trends of late s England. Lovey dovey eyes that see into a shiny mirror.


El quinto hijo by Doris Lessing (1 star ratings)

Si sa, le famiglie grandi son bellissime specialmente se ad accudirle e a mantenerle ci pensa qualcun altro. I just don’t know. Dogs and cats start dying in the neighbourhood. All is perfect until Harriet’s more than usually difficult fifth pregnancy and the birth of Ben, a strange stocky child who physically develops faster than his age should allow, but mentally seems remote and unable to understand basic social concepts. I was very glad when it was done.

Full text available on www. Soon she was drawn to the like-minded members of the Left Book Club, a group of Communists “who read everything, and who did not think it remarkable to read. Dorris Lessing was about 70 when she wrote this, and I found some of the themes to be pretty conservative for my tastes, but I will say that this could be a pretty awesome and creepy movie, if there were some serious overhauls to it.

El quinto hijo

First of all, I am having a difficult time trying to comprehend the reason for this book’s being. I don’t believe Lessing is writing science fiction even though she refers to Ben as an “alien,” “goblin, and other types of creatures, he is definitely fl special needs child. Does his right to a normal family upbringing override the potential safety of his siblings in the same environment? Also inshe visited South Africa to see her daughter and grandchildren, quinyo to promote her autobiography.

This was a fine book. I’m willing to accept the idea of the girl in the Bad Seed more than Ben because the character of Ben seemed so exaggerated. As aforementioned, Harriet has never really enjoyed the feeling of being pregnant. If you have persistent cookies enabled as well, then we will be able to remember you across browser restarts and computer reboots. I was hoping for more, and I was so glad that after pg I saw a glimpse of art in there, but once doria, and this time until the last page, I felt deeply disappointed.

OK, I really love modern books as in them being shorter compared to biblical-length classicsdkris some things are so left out in the middle of nowhere, you just need to know what happens next. At first it appears that hijoo will even out for the couple. Did the ,essing expect this pile of tosh to be taken seriously? But it also has a lot to do with perception and judgement, how the parents, Harriet and David, see themselves and how others see them and how they think others see them.


I was also unable to “buy” into the character of Ben — the fifth child. Harriet despises him, and the rest of the family soon identifies with this aversion.

I love books, and hang onto everything. At nineteen, she married Frank Wisdom, and later had two children.

Perhaps the book stands as an indictment of conservative ‘s family values, white picket fences, women staying home to work and raising 5 children I know that it can be read at many different levels, with almost everything a metaphor, but to be honest, the sparse narrative meant that I didn’t feel that I got to know the characters, which made me lose interest in reading more deeply.

Around the Year i Initially, upon finishing this book, I hastily gave eel 3 stars. He is a late talker, but when he does talk, he himo in full sentences. Ooh aah it hurts, like a spoon or a papercut that irritates your mind into the beyond. Persistent cookies are stored on your hard disk and have a pre-defined expiry date. This book, while not postmodern in its prose, is postmodern in its aims, though some have classified it as a “modern gothic horror.

I read this years ago at uni for some course, and then wrote an essay about it can’t remember what about exactly but it was painful to dissect the book and the whole process left me a bit traumatised. Hey, ya know that ugly devil baby-in-arms in that one impressionable scene in “Passion of lessihg Christ”?

Harriet and David’s naivety about having a perfect family; society’s lack of support for anything deemed uncommon; or the social challenges of the time affecting family life. A very conventional English couple of quintk ‘s marries, moves into a large suburban house and proceeds to fulfill their happy ambition of producing one child after another.

A slim but harrowing book that you can read in one fevered sitting about what happens when people who care about family above all else are given a nightmare version of their dream.