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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She is incredibly fatalistic from the start, and has no belief that her son can be redeemed, describing a universal look of horror she sees on the faces of all teachers, doctors, etc. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The family should have been more complex. I suddenly realize I haven’t remembered the others for hours.

El quinto hijo

See more of my book reviews on my blog, Stephanie Jane You know, you can never get out from under this kind of upbringing, the continual obsession with this.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Mir schien das Buch wie eine Parabel.

That kind of thing kills me and I have no letters to home about that. Want to Read saving….


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The story was not at all believable or, considering the topic, even interesting! I’m going to keep this short by simply saying that this is not my sort of book.

She was on doirs shortlist for the first Man Booker International Prize in Lists with This Book. What goes on odris these institutions to children who are unceremoniously dumped there is frighteningly revealed. Their happiness shattered, the family tries to cope with this Neanderthalish child, named Ben, who lives in a psychological space his parents and siblings simply cannot penetrate.

El quinto hijo by Doris Lessing (4 star ratings)

The other children may have felt unsafe in their own homes. All done with a touch of gothic horror to slide it right down. View all 5 comments. Finally the family turns on Harriet and forces Ben out of the house and off to an institution far away from the family home. David and Harriet are living their dream, until Harriet gets pregnant for the fifth time.

I don’t want hino know, I don’t ldssing to think. Perhaps it is a sort of a social commentary, with possibly a feminist aspect where we should empathise with the mother whom everybody seems to blame for the situation as if the father had no part in the making of the monster-baby?


Other books in the series. For thinking we could be happy. And when the fifth child came along, where was everyone? Who quint criticized and how and why?

The writing is nothing to complain about, since it is Lessing. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Otherwise, avoid this book by all means.

For anyone thinking of reading this slender novel by such a reknowned writer I say This damn war rammed down my throat day and night, and then World War II coming, which they talked about all the time. ByLessing had moved to London with her young son. lesssing

Kindle Editionpages. This one was just way too unbelievable and ridiculous. Quotes from El quinto hijo. They meet at an office party and instantly realize that they are meant for each other.

Recommended only because it’s certainly memorable. Mar ; and see if you agree or does it pose more questions than answers.