[The Fifth Child] EBOOK / KINDLE


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  • The Fifth Child
  • Doris Lessing
  • English
  • 06 June 2018
  • 9780679721826

Doris Lessing î 9 REVIEW

REVIEW The Fifth Child ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub 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. This novel was disturbing on so many levels It was supposed to have started out with this 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 filled with free loaders didn t imply to me that their family was so greatAnd when the fifth child came along where was everyone Not 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 familyThe other main thing that bothered me was the parents conclusion toward the end of the book that their 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 euated 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 1988 This kid seemed to have a classic case of autism and instead of seeing specialist after specialist to get him help the parents just succumbed to his tyranny in their home

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REVIEW The Fifth Child ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub 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 brutalityHarriet and David Lovatt parents of four children have created an idyll of domestic bliss in defiance of the social trends of late 1960s England While around them crime a. Motherhood a horror storyThis book starts off with two young 20 somethings David and Harriet who find each other at a work party in the late 1960s They re deliriously happy to find each other having always felt different and somewhat condemned for their differences They marry and buy a huge Victorian house with many rooms to fill with the many children they plan to have Their families are disapproving Why so many children How will you support them What s the rush Aren t there important things to do with your life anywayThey are determined though to fulfill this dream of a big family and vibrant family gatherings And they do it In almost as many years they have 4 kids yes this is a horror story Their families who were disapproving and finger wagging almost have to eat crow They all convene in the Victorian mansion for riotous holiday celebrations and they LOVE it They have to admit this life is warm and joyful and fulfilling Everyone s having a great timeUntil well you guessed it Child 5 From conception it is a nightmare The pregnancy alone is torture and a sneak peek into life afterward Child 5 is nothing like the rest of the family Child 5 does scary things Child 5 systematically destroys the familyThis powerful novella had me terribly uncomfortable during the entire reading After I thought a great deal about it In 150 pages Doris Lessing captures the impossible positions motherhood can present A mother is often damned if she does damned if she doesn t Take care of one destroy the family Let go of one destroy herself Often Harriet feels like she is being punished treated like a criminal Is she being punished for going after her own happiness For wanting an excess too much Is this a general indictment for overpopulation Or is she ultimately punished for the abandonment of her first four children Or perhaps worse still is all of this in her head the result of an inexplicable maternal ambivalenceLessing knew a thing or two about these things After her first marriage ended she left her two oldest children in Rhodesia for their father to raise but took the youngest with her to England At first as she is uoted as saying she felt brave for doing this and pursuing her writing and political passions But maybe by 1988 at the time of this publication and towards the end of her life she felt the full effects of her decision Felt like a criminal Felt like she had destroyed a perfectly good family Saw that she didn t know when to uit when she was aheadWhatever you see in these pages the impossibilities and catch 22 situations within motherhood will stand out and gouge you Comparisons can be made to Lionel Shriver s terrifying We Need to Talk About Kevin Maybe even in some respects Ira Levin s Rosemary s Baby As with all good horror stories you will be chilled as you turn the final page As with all good literary fiction you ll be thinking a long time afterwards

REVIEW The Fifth Child

REVIEW The Fifth Child ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Nd 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 terrifying Harriet finds she. The core dilemmaThis is a horror story exploring what happens when a monstrous child is born to a perfect family When there is no way for everyone to be happy and safe who must sacrifice what how does one choose and what happens when the parents can t agree It is essentially a variant of the Trolley Problem where you see a runaway train at a fork in the track with people at risk on both you can either do nothing knowing five people will die or actively divert it so that just one person dies The plot is simple and told chronologically by an omniscient narrator Harriet and David want to fill their enormous house with a huge family They have four beautiful blond blue eyed rosy cheeked children in uick succession in between hosting popular house parties at Christmas Easter and the summer holidays Then Ben is born If I had let him die then all of us would have been happy There is no supernatural aspect though it never feels uite plausible either not the original idyl living happiness in the old style counter to the greedy and selfish sixties nor the horror of Ben and certainly not the degree to which some things are ignored by those around including the authorities That made me increasingly uestion the accuracy of Harriet s fears and observations whilst also feeling bad about not believing her when she already felt so judged She wanted to be acknowledged her predicament given its value What is wrong with BenI don t think Ben is a subhuman throwback changeling troll or alien as Harriet often says Although he s hyperactive and shares some traits with autistic people his issues are not so easily defined Is he slow and misunderstood irredeemably evil or just not as loved and loveable as his siblings Is he as horrendous as Harriet claims To what extent is she to blame should we instead ask what s wrong with her But despite her fear and revulsion she goes to great lengths to protect him to the detriment of herself her husband and their other childrenThe covers of various editions imply radically different answersThere are also difficult uestions about what punishments containment and threats are justified for the wider good It may be useful to compare this with We Need to Talk About Kevin I ve not read that though I saw the film several years ago Differing disabilitiesBen s existence fractures relationships all round and forces choices that no parent wants to make How can you be fair when your children have hugely different needs How do you cope with not loving your own child with sometimes wishing he were deadI had my only child when I was 29 so when my routine scans sonograms were fine I was not offered testing for Down s or anything else though we could have insured against a disabled child The odds were good it would be our child and we d do our best However it would have been different if we already had a child whose life could be hugely and detrimentally affected by the birth of a severely disabled sibling That was long enough ago that I read this with understanding but the safety of distance This is not a book to read if you re thinking about having another child any time soonWhile Ben arouses fear his cousin with Down s Syndrome referred to as a Mongol child than once is generally loved except by her own father distressed by physical disability and appalled by her and Harriet who assumes Amy is a symptom of an unhappy marriage Parental sacrifice and children s sense of entitlementMost parents make sacrifices for their children but how far should they go A mother is fed by watching her children eat is a guilt inducing phrase I sometimes heard in childhood when money was tight my mother would treat us to something nice to eat while eating toast herself It s either him or us He s our child No he s not well he s certainly not mine Harriet and David make sacrifices for different combinations of their children but their passive sense of entitlement towards their own parents is staggering they choose a huge house and family but can only do so because David s father pays for it all and Harriet s mother becomes a full time childminder and skivvy Both parents have other calls on their money and time but go largely unthankedWhenIt spans twenty years from the mid 60s to around the time it was published but despite the odd mention of rising crime it always felt stuck in the 60s and certainly not like the late 80s I remember Nevertheless I m glad I read it It s uite brutal but raises profound uestions without suggesting answers However the little I ve read about the seuel ensures I won t go on to that uotes There was an ugly edge on events and it seemed that two peoples lived in England not one enemies hating each other who could not hear what the other said Written of 1972 but applies today His taking possession of the future in her making love intensely She knew the cost in every way of a family Harriet s mother Molly When he bent to kiss her and stroked Luke s heat it was with a fierce possessiveness that Harriet liked and understood for it was not herself being possessed or the baby but happiness Hers and his Her heart was hurt as it would be for one of her own real children Ben was Harriet s responsibility and his was for the children the real children When she put her arms around him there was no response no warmth it was as if he did not feel her touch She had been drained of some ingredient that everyone took for granted


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    [The Fifth Child] EBOOK / KINDLE The Selfish Gene PoolMy mother had six live births The eggs didn’t get any better as they went on Neither did the uality of family life I don’t know if she actually wanted all those children or was forced into her situation by religion and a high libido husband In either case it wore her out and I think she came to regret imposing all these fairly strange people on the worldIt seems to be unacceptable in much polit

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    [The Fifth Child] EBOOK / KINDLE Doris Lessing î 9 REVIEW All Harriet and David Lovatt ever wanted was a happy marriage and a big house filled with children¬† For a few years things played out their way four great kids and a house that virtually glowed with warmth and love¬† It was not until Harriet's next pregnancy that darkness begins its inevitable descent¬† The fifth child

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    FREE READ Ö E-book, or Kindle E-pub î Doris Lessing [The Fifth Child] EBOOK / KINDLE She felt rejected by him They had always loved to lie here feeling a new life greeting it She had waited four times for the first little flutters easily mistaken but then certain; the sensation that was as if a

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