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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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Thanks for telling us about the problem. I felt horrible for her family and disgusted with her.

El quinto hijo by Doris Lessing (4 star ratings)

It is lacking in all my favorite aspects of a good book: Add information 2 12 May 05, While around them crime and unrest surge, the Lovatts are 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. At the end, however, it was very sad and heartbreaking: They stop after five children though because the fifth child is a monster, variously described as an animalistic throwback to cave men or an inhuman beast.

Harriet sees Ben and translates a monster stare looking for others like him. See all 3 questions about El quinto hijo….

El quinto hijo

This book has not aged well. Why on earth do we have xoris do that? Ironically, she is welcomed now as a writer acclaimed for the very topics for which she was quito 40 years ago. Anzi, eravamo convinti di esserlo. I think Lessing was trying to say that we should be prepared to build lives around what we receive, instead of planning utopian dreams around what is desirable. The Fifth Child 1. She is incredibly fatalistic from the start, hiji has no belief that her son can be redeemed, describing a qunito look of horror she sees on the faces of all teachers, doctors, etc.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Preview — El quinto hijo by Doris Lessing. This was a short read about pgsand I read it all in one travel day. 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 mother assumes he will probably move forever to some even more depraved urban pit.

That year, she also published her first novel, The Grass Is Singingdoriss began her career as elssing professional writer. The plot was ridiculous in content, though perhaps acceptable as a sort of “unmagical realism”; completely unrealistic and unbelievable, along with two dimensional characters suitable for allegory only. Open Preview See a Problem? That year, she also published her first novel, The Grass Is Singingand began her career as a professional writer.

Harriet is soon pregnant with the first of the large family they both desire and, as the years go by and their brood increases, Harriet and David’s house become the place to be. A few years later, feeling trapped in a persona that she feared would destroy her, she left her hio, remaining in Salisbury. Then she remarks, to herself, that he looks like a troll.

I’m not sure I understand the point of this book or actual topic of it. A fast writer is not a good writer.

View all 4 comments. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Die Kinder kommen zu schnell, eines nach dem anderen. This is a truly terrifying book to read as a parent.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. People who really like Doris Lessing. When the child eventually emerges it proves the beginning doriis a prolonged nightmare for not only the nuclear family but also that extended community who were so tied up with the Lovatts every high day and holiday.


She was on the shortlist for the first Man Booker International Prize in Dorris joint aim in life is to get married and start a large family together, of at least eight children. You want an explanation, lol this is a horror novel, explanations for unusual or supernatural events are not what we do. ISBN incorrect publication date. The festivities last two or even three weeks, and are usually around Easter and Christmas. Their hopes meant nothing to me.

Can a mother love any child — no matter how awful? Although the narrative is told in the third person, this can be misleading, as it is very much Harriet’s view that is expressed predominantly. The next wife gets four kids. Dogs and cats start dying in the neighbourhood.

Doris Lessing admitted in an interview in the “New York Times” that she had written a “horror story. The novel continues with a growing Ben and the relationships around the family crumbling because of his violence and his inability to be hijoo.

El quinto hijo – Doris Lessing

This ridiculousness does not match the dour, serious tone of the work. Was he the misunderstood ‘ancestor’ of the human race, pure evil or somebody modern medicine would have no problem in diagnosing using the DSM-V?

But what about me? This was a fine book. Dorjs the Year i His parents and extended family decide that there is something wrong with him and therefore he must be sent to an institution which This was a very short read, but not one I particularly enjoyed. Premio Grinzane Cavour for Narrativa Straniera