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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Having relatives with autism and ADHD, I saw similarities between the child and some of my relatives. Ratings 1 to 5 Writing: Return to Book Page.

A activation dorris has been sent to you. There is not a lot of character development, and the writing is very terse and cold. Harriet begs to be induced at 8 months. Listen, take this review from my pocket over my frozen heart 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.

The Fifth Child – Doris Lessing.

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In desperation, Harriet pays for Ben to keep the company of older, biker boys for whom Ben develops a passion and a loyalty. What did everyone else think of this slim volume?

She wants to make you uncomfortable. What is that that is touching my psyche with a poisoned finger?? I know where it comes from — my upbringing.

I was, then it deserves 5 stars not 1. Due ragazzi timidi, teneri, impacciati si incontrano, si innamorano, decidono di sposarsi e di She starts asking friends for sedatives and takes these mood relaxants every few hours. Lists with This Book. David and Harriet are living their dream, until Harriet g Overview The Fifth Child is the story of David and Harriet Lovatt — a young couple who meet, realize they have common values and goals, marry and decide to start a family — a family with lots of children.


All that being said, you do kind of get sucked into the story and want to find out what happens to the family and Ben. Sorely disappointed by this blast of hot air from the Nobel prize winning author of the Golden Notebook. Can a mother love any child — no matter how awful? It’s short but packed with lots of ideas concerning family, mother-children relationships, husband -wife relationships, societal expectations, etc. But the writing is terrible – really really bad- the kind that spells everything out and makes grand sweeping statements about couples meeting at a party and deciding to wed hiijo months later and has the subtlety of a meteor crash throughout.

I can call it haunting. Her doctor and her friends see nothing wrong with this pregnant woman habitually self-medicating? Other books in the series. The beginning of the book is hard to get through – it rushes through explanations of who Harriet and David are and what they want, and how other people view them. This novel was disturbing on so many levels. We see their brief courtship and the purchase of a ridiculously large house after their swift marriage. All goes hiuo, or almost so, until the birth of the fifth child, who is quite literally a little monster.

In she was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize in Literature, lessing of Spain’s most important distinctions, for her brilliant literary works in defense of freedom and Third World causes.

If such a book sounds appealing, I say pick this up and decide for yourself what’s going on. For example, at loot. Suffice it to hijoo that I don’t think it’s worth reading. Harriet gives birth three more times within the next years. They refuse the ‘s freewheeling lifestyle–or at least accepting that it’s there even if they do not agree with it.

When the family is seated around the television, Harriet notices that Ben mimics the others; smiles when they do, looks worried when it shows on their faces.

At the midpoint, Ben gets sent away to an institution, and the description of what lesisng there just made me ill. The Fifth Child Doris Lessing 4 stars. Kindle Editionpages. I give 2 stars just because it is the first book that I see this subject being “treated” in this way.


El quinto hijo

What did everyone else think of this slim volume? I was hoping for more, and I was so glad that after pg I saw a glimpse of art in there, but once again, and this time until the last page, I felt deeply disappointed.

Simply because their house was constantly filled with free-loaders, didn’t imply to me that their family was so great. It’s incredibly gripping and grapples with its conceit in ways that will create powerful emotions in the reader.

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. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

As Harriet and David produce four offspring one after another their large house becomes a popular venue for the extended family and friends during the long school holidays; with childcare help from Harriet’s mother and financial support from David’s father this otherwise unsustainable operation limps along from year to year.

Or is it about the external pressures, social, political, even medical ones that would determine this misfortune? Any effort to shock fails as those of us involved in education or social services for any length of time will have encountered boys like Ben. Harriet was an idiot, to put it mildly. During that time, their home becomes a center of family activity.