The Fifth Child

Lessing, Doris

Book - 1989
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Fifth Child
A self-satisfied couple intent on raising a happy family is shocked by the birth of an abnormal and brutal fifth child.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1989, c1988
Edition: 1st Vintage international ed
ISBN: 9780679721826
Branch Call Number: FICTION LESSING
Characteristics: 133 p. ;,21 cm


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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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Dec 08, 2014
  • Arjava rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Lessing in her usual deep and extremely well written manner tackles the issue of developmental disability in a way that elicits empathy for everyone in the family she writes about in this moving fiction.

Jul 25, 2012

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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Dec 08, 2014
  • Arjava rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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