Because it is, undoubtedly, worth reading. A little masterpiece about the fragility of happiness and the illusion of the security provided by family, as the author herself said in an interview: I know where it comes from — my upbringing. That damn First World War, which rode my entire childhood, because my father was so damaged by it.
Considerably longer than the conventional short story, it seems wanting as a novel, lacking a certain necessary scope and substance—or so the book seems at first.
Moreover, this work—its length and therefore status as novel a bit uncertain—begins realistically, its satiric edge present but muted; soon, however, Lessing adds certain supernatural touches that transform her realistic fiction into gothic thriller and ultimately into a disquieting fable of considerable social, psychological, and, above all, moral depth and complexity.
The Fifth Child is therefore the kind of novel that evokes for its reader as much pain as pleasure. Harriet Walker and David Lovatt meet at an office party, where each feels and clearly is out of place: They are instantly drawn to each other.
Each wants the other, wants the fulfillment of their anachronistic vision of happiness, an Ozzie-and-Harriet dream of family bliss on a larger scale than Ozzie and Harriet Nelson ever imagined.
Despite the criticism of parents and siblings, they buy a huge house outside London and have four children in six years, all the while turning their home into a kind of family hotel at holiday times.
This happy home is not, however, without its own weak points. These Harriet and David are more than willing to overlook: The birth of their fifth child, Ben, brings their blissful dream to an abrupt end.
Ben is a rather unusual child, and Lessing makes every effort to render him in nearly supernatural terms. In the space of only five pages, Harriet calls him a troll, a goblin, a leech, an alien, a little beast, and a nasty little brute.
Physically odd if not quite deformed, he is soon perceived as a threat by the entire family—including the dog and cat, which he kills.
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The Fifth Child, written by Doris Lessing explores the idea of perfection if in actuality it is achievable. Throughout this essay, I will prove Lessing's role as hostile narrator.
Lessing paints a very negative picture of the Lovatts" from the very beginning of her novel and continues to do so 3/5(3).
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A high-ranking general, strategist and philosopher Sun Tzu is usually credited as the author of the book, although many historians doubt this person ever existed. The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing Essay Words | 7 Pages. The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing The character of Ben Lovatt in Doris Lessing's "The Fifth Child" is one that is very powerful, and also extremely interesting.
He is violent, and unbelievably strong, yet he would not be able to fend for himself in the "big, bad World".
The Fifth Child has 12, ratings and 1, reviews. Huda said: الشعور القوي الذي غمرني هوالتعجب من نيل دوريس ليسينج نوبلفالرواية أقل من عاديةولم أش /5. The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing David and Harriet Lovatt pride themselves in their old-fashioned beliefs and ways of life, even though they went against the so.