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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Doris Lessing Narrator: Sue Pitkin Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2016 ISBN: 9781522613787
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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. As he grows older and more terrifying, Harriet finds she 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The implications of this slim, gripping work are ominous… Lessing indicts those in authority who refuse to acknowledge responsibility for the violence inherent in mankind.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A horror story of maternity and the nightmare of social collapse… a moral fable of the genre that includes Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and George Orwell’s 1984."

    New York Times

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About the Author
Author Doris Lessing

Winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature, Doris Lessing was one of the most celebrated and distinguished writers of our time, the recipient of a host of international awards. She wrote more than thirty books—among them the novels Martha Quest, The Golden Notebook, and The Fifth Child. She died in 2013.

About the Narrator

Sue Pitkin began her performing life as a moonbeam in a British Forces pantomime in Northern Germany, attracted as much by the treat of ginger ale in the dressing room and time off school as by the fun of the performance. These days her performances are mostly limited to audiobooks and her whiskey education program, pursuits which she has found complement each other perfectly.