Ben, in the world: the sequel to The fifth child

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Flamingo, 2000 - Fiction - 178 pages
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Den sære og kantede Ben Lovat er blevet voksen, men han virker stadig lige ubehagelig på sine omgivelser. Kun lejlighedsvis møder han mennesker, der i nogen grad forstår ham og ser, at han virkelig gør en indsats for at tilpasse sig.

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User Review  - GingerbreadMan - LibraryThing

The idea of writing a sequel to "The fifth child" wasn't necessarily all that appealing to me. What was so haunting about the first book was that Lessing didn't take the easy way out - making Ben a ... Read full review

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User Review  - solla - LibraryThing

I read The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing a few months ago, and have just finished it's sequal, Ben in the World. Both novels are short. The first is about two people who marry and want to have a ... Read full review


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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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