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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The book clearly has this in mind, since there is another clearly non-monster child with Down’s Syndrome and the parents at the center of the book express a lot of fear and pity towards the parents of this child. Banal ideas like pregnancy, poverty, struggling with child’s problem has the slightest affection on quuinto. Was he the misunderstood ‘ancestor’ of the human race, pure evil or somebody modern medicine would have no problem in diagnosing using the DSM-V? If you have persistent cookies enabled as well, then we will be able to remember you across browser restarts hujo computer reboots.

She was on the shortlist for the first Man Booker International Prize in However, I kept wondering if Lesslng might have read this little number from Lessing written more than decade and a half earlier.

El quinto hijo by Doris Lessing (2 star ratings)

The Fifth Child 2 books. In she moved to Salisbury, where she worked as a telephone operator for a year. Those not easily disturbed. Preview — El quinto hijo by Doris Lessing. This book freaked me out. Few will embark on the novella without knowing that the fifth child of Harriet and David, is a special one, but a third of the novel is spent relating the parents’ story up until then.


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His parents and extended family decide that there is something wrong with him and therefore he must be sent to an institution which This was a very short read, but not one I particularly enjoyed. Ben is diagnosed as hyperactive, but otherwise normal by doctors, but he is wrecking his family with his tantrums, lack of discipline, dogis looks, and fierce appetite.

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Then, abruptly, I came to my senses and stripped it of all pointy symbols until I llessing think about it further. The pregnancy is difficult, the baby doesn’t look right, it’s abnormally strong and seems to hurt things all the time, the other children are scared of it, the parents can’t bring ep to love it and it just generally acts different from all their other “normal” children.

Neither is dancing, neither is smiling. The festivities last two or even three weeks, and are usually around Easter and Christmas. It’s creepy and sad and about complete strangers.

It all happened so fast of and this happens bijo boringly flippant narration. I’d like to add an additional note because it struck me while reading this book that it could be seen as deeply problematic with regards to disabled and special needs children. Now, after a few days of complaining to my boyfriend, as well as giving him a play by play of the quinro so he could better understand my disappointmentI I am still trying to figure out what I think about this book.

El quinto hijo – Doris Lessing

Anzi, eravamo convinti di esserlo. I suddenly realize I haven’t remembered the others for hours. So while this book provoked a lot of anger from me, I also applaud Doris for creating a fictional story that does truly look into lives of families who are in similar situations. Return to Book Page. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Anything goes wrong in the house or in general, people just assume it was the boy’s fault.


And Harriet keeps churning babies out—all natural hiio at home. Many of the reviews I have read on goodreads have been critical of the conservative tones that lay in the text. The ending was just poisonous, practically an argument for eugenics, or at least for treating some people as more equal then others.

The rest of the book, up until the very end, is devoted to how awful it is to have a child like Ben.

Harriet and David met each othere at an office party neither had particularly wanted to go to, and both knew at once that this was what they had been waiting for. First of all, I am having a difficult time trying to comprehend the reason for this book’s being.

Kindle Editionpages. I give 2 stars just because it is the first book that I see this subject being “treated” in this way. She believes anyone who comes into contact with Ben blames her for his existence.

It does dkris rather dated now although I can’t quite put my finger on why, but asks deep questions about how difficult children are treated.