The Fifth Child Author:Doris Lessing The married couple in this novel pull off a remarkable achievement: They purchase a three-story house with oodles of bedrooms, and, on a middle-class income, in the '70s, fill it to the brim with happy children and visiting relatives. Their holiday gatherings are sumptuous celebrations of life and togetherness. And then the fifth child arrives. ... more »He's just a child--he's not supernatural. But is he really human? This is an elegantly written tale that the New York Times called "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."« less
This was a strange book. I have read several of Doris Lessing's books. Some I liked and some not so much. I don't know how to describe this book. I felt that the story could have been fleshed out more. The story about this couple who met, fell in love and married. They wanted lots of children and had four before they had the fifth child. I will not say more as I don't want to give away any more of the story. I gave it three stars as I did finish the book, but am still undecided about how I liked it.