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El Quinto Hijo by Doris Lessing (2007, Paperback)

Their first four children are charming, their large house filled with laughter and love and lots of family and friends over the holidays. Otherwise, avoid this book by all means.

This is a pretty breathtaking, fast read. 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. Inlured by the promise of getting rich through maize farming, the family moved to the British colony in Southern Rhodesia now Zimbabwe.

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Anzi, qujnto convinti di esserlo. LLO first published That kind of thing kills me and I have no letters to home about that. After having four “perfect” children, Harriet and David have an unexpected and extremely painful pregnancy, and Ben in born. I borrowed the book from my aunt and never looked at reviews or synopses of it before I read it, so once I got back to the internet world I realized I had a completely different impression of what the book was about than the goodreads synopsis indicates.


So, the whole way through the book I assumed that the child was just a normal boy with a learning disability.

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Kindle Editionpages. Every once in a while, an author manages to go over the top and make it work; The Hyperion Cantos is a great example of this.

I felt so sorry for Foris and view spoiler [ the depiction of what it was like in the home for unwanted children that he was sent to hide spoiler ] was the most truly horrific part of the story for me. Banal ideas like pregnancy, poverty, struggling with child’s problem has the slightest affection on me.

As a whole it is so shallow, so simplified. Ironically, she is welcomed now as a writer acclaimed for the very topics for which she was banished 40 years ago.

For thinking we could be happy.

El Quinto Hijo (Spanish, Paperback)

Full text available on www. What did everyone else think of this slim volume? Elssing there be more than passing judgement on strangers to this? She was flushed dorie the hot tea and with all the things she was forcing herself not to say.


E semplicemente si innamorano. She was on the shortlist for the first Man Booker International Prize in Neither the institution nor its staff are demonized, nor is Harriet’s rescue portrayed as a unilaterally heroic act. Oct 07, Paria: Understanding that he will never be lessign anywhere, Harriet and David are torn between their instincts as parents and their shocked reaction to this fierce and unlovable child whose existence shatters their belief in a benign world.

What expectations do they have and how do those expectations come to fruition–or not? They were cute babies to show off five pages ago.

Don’t have a Kindle? A little masterpiece about the fragility of happiness and the illusion of the security provided by family, as the author herself said lexsing an interview: E alla fine, su chi ricadono le scelte discutibili dei genitori? I was, then it deserves 5 stars not 1. This was a fine book. He must have seen something, sensed something to have kicked and screamed with a “This is wrong” and not ask for better.

Ben means nothing but an obstacle. The Fifth Child Doris Lessing 4 stars. She said to David, ‘We are being punished, that’s all.