Ben, in the World

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ISIS Large Print Books, 2000 - Fiction - 208 pages
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Ben Lovatt never fits in. He seems awkward--too big, too strong, inhumanly made. Those who do not understand him, including his own mother, want him locked up. But now he has come of age and finds himself alone in the South of France, in Brazil, and in the mountains of the Andes, where at last he discovers where he has come from and who are his people.

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Review: Ben, In the World: The Sequel to the Fifth Child

User Review  - Jia Repetto - Goodreads

After reading the sequel to the fifth child, I felt HIGHLY insulted. If you've read The Fifth Child, please, skip this. I never tell anyone not to read a book. In fact, this is the first book review I ... Read full review

Review: Ben, In the World: The Sequel to the Fifth Child

User Review  - Shua - Goodreads

Dorris paints a perfect picture of how the society views individuals who are different from the majority. Its boundless lust to know can become the invasion of privacy but that is often ignored when ... Read full review

About the author (2000)

Born in Kermanshah, Persia (later Iran) on October 22, 1919, Doris Lessing grew up in Rhodesia (the present-day Zimbabwe). Her father was an amputee due to injuries received in World War I and, and her mother had treated his war injuries. As a child, Lessing explored the rural Rhodesian landscape, occasionally hunting small animals. While working as an au pair and a telephone operator in Salisbury, Rhodesia, Lessing read such authors as Chekhov and Tolstoy, refined her writing skills, and married twice. During her two marriages, she submitted short fiction and poetry for publication and, after moving to London in 1949 with her son, Peter, Lessing published her first novel, The Grass is Singing, in 1950. This work treated apartheid/racial issues that existed in Rhodesia at that time. She would go on to explore the individual's--women's in particular--relationship to society in many types of experimental fiction thereafter. Lessing has published many solid short-story collections but is perhaps best known for her 1954 Somerset Maugham Award-winning experimental novel The Golden Notebook. She has received numerous awards for her work including the 2001 Prince of Asturias Prize in Literature, the David Cohen British Literature Prize, and the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature. Lessing has also had a lifelong interest in such topics as Marxism, telepathy, and social psychology.

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