The Fifth Child

Author: Doris Lessing

Description: A self-satisfied couple intent on raising a happy family is shocked by the birth of an abnormal and brutal fifth child. 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 brutality. Harriet 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 and 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.

Location- Lautoka [1 copy]

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