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The Fifth Child

Lessing, Doris (Book - 1989 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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A self-satisfied couple intent on raising a happy family is shocked by the birth of an abnormal and brutal fifth child.
Authors: Lessing, Doris, 1919-2013
Title: The fifth child
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1989, c1988
Edition: 1st Vintage international ed
Characteristics: 133 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Doris Lessing
Summary: A self-satisfied couple intent on raising a happy family is shocked by the birth of an abnormal and brutal fifth child.
ISBN: 9780679721826
0679721827
Branch Call Number: FICTION LESSING
Subject Headings: Lovatt, Ben (Fictitious character) Fiction England Fiction Families England Fiction Gangs Fiction Rejection (Psychology) Fiction Cruelty Fiction Children with disabilities Family relationships Fiction Lovatt, Ben (Fictitious character)
Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Horror tales
Topical Term: Lovatt, Ben (Fictitious character)
Families
Gangs
Rejection (Psychology)
Cruelty
Children with disabilities
Lovatt, Ben (Fictitious character)
LCCN: 88040379
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Before Lessing won the Nobel Prize for Literature, she penned this dark, probing study of the fragile state of a seemingly ‘perfect’ suburban family. Very real and chilling portrait of human reactions. Highly recommended.


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A lot of big words so I don't recommend the book for someone with low vocabulary level. Otherwise the book is GREAT!!!

Jul 16, 2010
  • booklover717 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Hypnotic is the best way to describe this story. I could not stop reading it. Doris Lessing is a master at the understatement, the unusual in the everyday, and letting the tale unwind bit by bit.

An excellent and sometimes rather uncomfortable book with it's sinister undertones. Loved it!!

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