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Ben Lovatt can never fit in. To those he meets, he seems awkward: too big, too strong, inhumanly made. He baffles and he terrifies: those who do not understand him want him locked up.

His own mother locked him up; then, guilty, she liberated him. But her unyielding love for him corroded their family; this fifth child broke the home into bits. And now he has come of age and again finds himself bewildered and alone. He searches in the faces of those he meets to see the hostility there, or the fear, or more rarely the kindness. Occasionally a gentler, less fearful person to fit understands his need, how hard he is trying it in. Mostly people make use of him, and he finds himself in the south of France, in Brazil, and in the mountains of the Andes, where at last he discovers where he has come from and who his people are.

The Fifth Child is one of Doris Lessing's most powerful and haunting books. In this sequel, Ben Lovatt is loosed on the wider world; how that world receives him, and how he fares in it, will keep the reader of Ben, in the World enthralled and on tenterhooks until its dramatic finale.

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A mesmerizing sequel to Lessing's bestselling novel "The Fifth Child", which introduced readers to Ben Lovatt--a child so hideous and so abnormally strong and brutal that he was almost not human. From London to France to Brazil, readers follow the travails and adventures of Ben as he is both taken care of and taken advantage of by the people he meets.

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Doris Lessing, winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature, is one of the most celebrated and distinguished writers of our time. She lives in north London.

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roehling, September 12, 2006 (view all comments by roehling)
How does she do it? Here again Lessing seems to be telling a plain enough tale, in a style even younger readers can grasp. Yet rereading this novel makes one aware of just how brilliant it is. We see the world as Ben (a near-human) sees it, yet the world is utterly remade by this novel's singular vision of our times. It didn't get that much notice when it was first published, probably because it differs from its prequel The Fifth Child. However, if you're bored by the over-rated novels of folks like Philip Roth, this will take you places no other contemporary novel can.
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ISBN:
9780060196288
Subtitle:
The Sequel to The Fifth Child
Author:
Lessing, Doris May
Author:
Lessing, Doris
Publisher:
Harper
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
London
Subject:
Homeless persons
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
British
Subject:
Young men
Subject:
Abnormalities, human
Subject:
Drug traffic
Subject:
Bildungsromane.
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
106-470
Publication Date:
20000725
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.58x5.80x.78 in. .80 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , A mesmerizing sequel to Lessing's bestselling novel "The Fifth Child", which introduced readers to Ben Lovatt--a child so hideous and so abnormally strong and brutal that he was almost not human. From London to France to Brazil, readers follow the travails and adventures of Ben as he is both taken care of and taken advantage of by the people he meets.
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