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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. Harriet and David Lovatt, parents of four children, have created an idyll of domestic bliss in defiance of the social trends of late s England.
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. While around them crime and unrest surge, the Lovatts are certain that their old-fashioned contentment can protect them from the world outside—until the birth of their fifth baby.
Gruesomely goblin-like in appearance, insatiably hungry, abnormally strong and violent, Ben has nothing innocent or infant-like about him. As he grows older and more terrifying, Harriet finds she cannot love him, David cannot bring himself to touch him, and their four older children are afraid of him.
Understanding that he will never be accepted 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. Kindle Editionpages. LLO first published The Fifth Child 1. Harriet LovattDavid Lovatt.
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El quinto hijo – Doris Lessing
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Ekaterina In the beginning, I was shocked how they planned their life buying a house they could not afford and getting a lot of children without being able to …more In the beginning, I was shocked how they planned their life buying a house they could not leswing and getting a lot of children without being able to pay for it by themselves.
They took if for granted other people paid for their happiness. At the end, however, it was very sad and heartbreaking: See all 3 questions about El quinto hijo…. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. This novel was disturbing on so many levels. It was lessijg to have started dkris with qunito great couple who had all these wonderful family ideals, until the fifth child came along who was really tough to take and basically a commentary on society’s reaction to such a different child.
However, I never saw the couple as having a great marriage. The only testament to any sort of greatness I guess would be their coupled desire to have a lot of children.
Simply because their house was constantly fi This novel was disturbing on so many levels. Simply because their house was constantly filled with free-loaders, didn’t imply to me that their family was so great. And when the fifth child came along, lessinh was everyone?
Lsesing only where the parents willing to throw this child away, but everyone suddenly disappeared right when they could have used some support. This book is a horrible example of family. The other main thing that bothered me was the parents conclusion toward the end of the book that e fifth child’s nature was due to some sort of latent paleolithic genes.
They kept referring to how he was a caveman in all seriousness, this is what they thought. They also equated this cavemanness with not being human so, in effect, to them, early humans, weren’t human at all. They constantly thought of their child as not human. I thought perhaps this was written before autism was really heard of, but it was written in This kid seemed to have a dodis case of autism and, instead of seeing specialist after specialist to get bijo help, the parents just succumbed to his tyranny in their home.
View all 13 comments. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I am still trying to figure out what I think about this book.
The longer and hopefully not too convoluted version: Initially, upon finishing this book, I hastily gave it 3 stars. Then, abruptly, I came to my senses and stripped it of all pointy symbols until I could think about it further.
Now, after a few days of complaining to my boyfriend, as well as giving him a play by play of the plot so he could better understand my disappointmentI I am still trying to figure out what I dorks about this book. Now, after a few days of complaining to my boyfriend, as well as giving him a play by play of the plot so he could better understand my disappointmentI am ready to attempt my contemptuous articulation: First of all, I am having a difficult time trying to comprehend the reason for this book’s being.
Why the hell did Lessing write this? Is Lessing trying to persuade the reader to have quinho of children, or the opposite of such? Is it a scathing commentary on the lack of facilities for children with disabilities?
I just don’t know. Many of the reviews I have read on goodreads have been critical of the conservative tones that lay in the text.
I would concur, but I am not sure if passages such as the following are to make me gag and then laugh, because the book is simply a parody, or if I am intended to nod my head in agreement because her familial views are brilliant. 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.
They meet at a holiday party. Neither is dancing, neither is smiling. David is too good for those other women. David and Harriet are both old fashioned types. Lesskng both want children. No, how about 10!
David and Harriet get married. Thus David and Harriet Lovatt Although written inthe hljo is set in the mid to late s. Birth control might as well not even exist to David and Harriet, who think it is too, um, modern for their tastes.
David and Harriet make love presumably for the first time on their new bed, in their new house which is really big, more like a hotel, really. Harriet gives birth to a beautiful baby. A pleasant child, with no afflictions teething? That is so a problem of other babies! Harriet gives birth three more times within the next years. Two boys and two girls later, David and Harriet have a lovely family of mild-mannered babies, each one cuter than the next.
Did I mention that Harriet is only like 25 years old dorix this point? The festivities last two or even three weeks, and are usually around Easter and Christmas. The only damper is the nagging issue of all the children. The fifth child is conceived.
As aforementioned, Harriet has never really enjoyed the feeling of being pregnant. She is sicker than most and more tired than she ever expected to be.
The fifth pregnancy is, however, different. Instantly, Harriet feels a pain within her that she has never experienced.
The doctor claims nothing is wrong with her physically, and so Eel believes her fetus is the devil incarnate. The doctor prescribes some pain medication, and Harriet is hooked.
She starts asking friends for sedatives and takes these mood relaxants every few hours. The fetus does not sleep otherwise. Her doctor and her friends see nothing wrong with this pregnant woman habitually self-medicating? Soon the pills are not enough, and Harriet takes to going for long runs.
El quinto hijo by Doris Lessing (2 star ratings)
She drives out into a secluded area, wraps her arms around her protruding belly, clenches and swaggers along, all the while, screeching. Harriet begs to be induced at 8 months. She gives birth to her new son and wonders if she has to love him because he qulnto her own. Then she remarks, to herself, that he looks like a troll. The rest of the book, up until the very end, is devoted to how awful it is to have a child like Ben. He is like a drug resistant virus. Harriet despises him, and the rest of the family soon identifies with this aversion.
Over the quinfo, Ben strangles a dog, is sent away no questions asked to a facility for the insane, and goes to school where he beats rl an older female student. The entire time, the family is falling apart.