Ben, in the World

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ISIS, Jan 10, 2001 - 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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BEN, IN THE WORLD

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Far from resting on her laurels, Lessing—who has been publishing for 50 years, and goes from strength to strength—offers this bleak monitory sequel to her harrowing The Fifth Child (1988). That ... Read full review

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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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About the author (2001)

Doris Lessing was born in Kermanshah, Persia (later Iran) on October 22, 1919 and grew up in Rhodesia (the present-day Zimbabwe). During her two marriages, she submitted short fiction and poetry for publication. After moving to London in 1949, she published her first novel, The Grass Is Singing, in 1950. She is best known for her 1954 Somerset Maugham Award-winning experimental novel The Golden Notebook. Her other works include This Was the Old Chief's Country, the Children of Violence series, the Canopus in Argos - Archives series, and Alfred and Emily. 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. She died on November 17, 2013 at the age of 94.

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