The Fifth Child

by Doris Lessing | Literature & Fiction |
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Registered by BookGroupMan of Criccieth, Wales United Kingdom on 8/19/2004
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Journal Entry 1 by BookGroupMan from Criccieth, Wales United Kingdom on Thursday, August 19, 2004
Another 99p book from The Time, bought in a very wet Aberdeen; NE Scotland suffering the tail effects of hurricane Alex

(4/10/07) Despite the rave reviews on the blurb, e.g. ‘…the intensity of a nightmare. Read it and tremble’, I didn’t find this frightening or very good IMHO. Lessing tries a different genre and takes a simple idea, of a rogue 5th child, and stretches it beyond its breaking point, even for a slim 159 pages. Ben Lovatt is not particularly convincing as a demonic boy, suggested as a genetic throwback to some early earthly species; hobgoblin or dwarf? Or even an alien! Most of the family around Ben, including her hand-wringing mother Harriet and inept father David, act as if they are narrating lines in a 1950’s British stage play, a bit soulless and forced :(

Journal Entry 2 by BookGroupMan at Caffe Nero IP1 book-crossing zone in Ipswich, Suffolk United Kingdom on Saturday, October 13, 2007

Released 12 yrs ago (10/13/2007 UTC) at Caffe Nero IP1 book-crossing zone in Ipswich, Suffolk United Kingdom

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