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Ben, In the World: The Sequel to the Fifth Child (The Fifth Child #2)

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At eighteen, Ben is in the world, but not of it. He is too large, too awkward, too inhumanly made. Now estranged from his family, he must find his own path in life. From London and the south of France to Brazil and the mountains of the Andes. Ben is tossed about in a tumultuous search for his people, a reason for his being. How the world receives him, and, he fares in it w ...more
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Published July 24th 2001 by Harper Perennial (first published 2000)
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Sonya
Apr 06, 2016 Sonya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"بن در جهان" ادامه رمان فرزند پنجم است که در سال 2000 نوشته شده است. این قسمت با توصیف هجده سالگی بن آغاز می شود و بر خلاف قسمت اول سخنان بن را شنیده و از افکار و احساسات او مطلع می شویم و تصویر بن خشن و نفوذ ناپذیری که در قسمت اول دیده بودیم تا حد زیادی تغییر می کند، انسانهای مختلفی چه به عنوان دوست و چه غریبه از او استفاده های ابزاری زیادی می کنند. بن حتی قفس های آزمایشگاههای ژنتیکی را هم تجربه می کند و به سختی از دست دانشمندانی که در پی خدمت به بشر هستند نجات می یابد. اما بن هرگز به عنوان یک ...more
Jessica
Jun 14, 2008 Jessica rated it did not like it
Everyone who liked THE FIFTH CHILD as much as I did should never read this sequel. It answers every question I had while reading THE FIFTH CHILD and destroys all the good ideas by explaining them.
Kris McCracken
Dec 07, 2011 Kris McCracken rated it did not like it
Roy Jones Junior. Robert De Niro. Evander Holyfield. Ricky Ponting. Muhammad Ali. It’s hard when the greats lose their powers for all the world to see.

I really wanted to like this novel, only the premise is flawed, the plot is almost non-existent and meandering and the whole novel degenerates into a barely believable sub-par Days of Our Lives conclusion. Moreover, the book is filled with empty caricatures. There’s far too much telling and not enough showing, and ultimately the whole thing is rea
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Tom
Sep 10, 2008 Tom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was extremely hesitant to read this book, having loved The Fifth Child as much as I did. I didn't want to ruin that book, which is one of my favorites.

The Fifth Child is very character-driven. The Lovatt family is front and center, and we get to know them over the course of a number of years. It's a pretty grim story. Ben, in the World, on the other hand, is almost ridiculously plot-driven. Ben winds up in several countries, meets all kinds of people (who send the story veering off course with
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ثاني رواية أقرؤها لدوريس ليسنج، وسبب شرائي (بن يجوب العالم) هو أنه تكملة للجزء الأول الطفل الخامس، وقد أعجبني حقًا الجزء الأول أكثر من الجزء الثاني. اختلفت هنا طريقة السرد حيث كانت تقصّ مصائر الأبطال بطريقة سطحية ثم تُشبعنا بالتفاصيل! ولا أعلم من أين لها بتلك الفكرة العبقرية التي تقتل كل متعة يُمكن أن تُجنى من القراءة؟! لكنها في الجزئين إمتازت بقدرتها على إثارة بعض الرعب في نفسي (وأنا بحب كده).
أعجبتني نهاية (بن)، ولم تخطر ببالي على الإطلاق.
إجمالًا الرواية بجزئيها غير عميقة، والهدف منها التلصص ع
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Adri Villegas
Ben en el mundo tiene como subtítulo "la continuación de El quinto hijo". Sin embargo pareciera que no lo es. Es decir: El quinto hijo termina con Ben adolescente, en medio de pandillas, y Ben en el mundo comienza con Ben de 18 años, cuando se ha ido de su casa. En ese sentido un libro sí es continuación del otro. Ambos conservan el mismo protagonista y y antecedentes. Pero el aura de inquietud y misterio que rodea el primer libro desaparece en el segundo. Son la misma historia pero pareciera es ...more
Alicia
Aug 16, 2015 Alicia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"They heard a cry and a slide of small stones & silence.
They slowly got up, slowly followed him.
They made their way to where the precipice fell away from the path. There was Ben, far below, a pile of coloured clothing.
His yellow hair was like a tuft of mountain grass"
Page 177

I was surprised to learn that Ben Lovatt's tale continued.
And so I ordered this book & began to read it ~~

Ben's tale continues from London, to France, to Brazil to the highest mountains where he is told ~ people
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NG
Feb 27, 2015 NG rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: litrature, novel, translated, 2
في هذه الرواية نعرف أكثر عن بن، الذي عومل معاملة الكائن الشرير الذي أتى لإفساد حياة أسرة هانئة في الجزء الأول من الرواية: الطفل الخامس..
هنا نتعرف على بن، ونكتشف كم هو مثير للشفقة، بسبب غرابته، ظاهرياً وموضوعياً، وبحثه الدائم عن "قومه" أي من يعتقد انهم يشبهونه بعد أن مل معاملة الناس له، وتعامل الناس المستمر معه على انه بشكل ما "غير بشري"..
جانب إنساني من بن، اكثر إنسانيةمن باقي البشر، يظهر في هذه الرواية.. ونشعر أن وصمه بالشر في الجزء الاول لم يكن عن شر حقيقي منه بل كان لعدم تمكن احد من فهمه، ولا
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Jia Drisdom
Mar 05, 2014 Jia Drisdom rated it did not like it
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 have ever written on a public forum. I really could not keep me mouth shut about it. Seriously, do not pick this up.
When I read the fifth child, I was struck by Lessing's prose, character development, and social commentary (Although most folks feel that it was commentary focused on people who are "
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جابر طاحون
Dec 14, 2014 جابر طاحون rated it it was ok
Shelves: روايات

الرواية جيدة نعم ، لكن ان لم تكن قرأت الطفل الخامس ، فلن تفهم شيء و لن تستمتع بشيء.
الطفل الخامس ، الجزء الأول من تلك المتتالية الروائية ، الذي مهدت فيه الكاتبة لظهور ( بن ) حوالي 3/4 الرواية .
و هنا التعاطف واضح مع بن ، و نبذ العالم له .
و مع ذلك تقول الكاتبة عنه و عن الرواية ، أنه أحد الأطفال الأشرار !
Lorrie Savoy
Sep 09, 2012 Lorrie Savoy rated it it was ok
In The Fifth Child, Ben is a monster that the reader both fears and pities. In Ben, in the World, he is merely a pitiful throwback. All of his power and strength is useless, and the fear that he inspired as a feral child-beast becomes laughable. The people who did not recognize Ben for what he was now instantly acknowledge his differences. Those who shelter and care for him (almost exclusively female) are merely versions of Harriet. I did like the mini-stories of the tangential characters, but t ...more
Niloo Beygi
Jul 19, 2014 Niloo Beygi rated it liked it
Shelves: رمان
درسته جذابیت کتاب مثل جلد اول نبود اما بن همون بن بیچاره بود...همون قدر تنها، دردناک و ترحم برانگیز. دقیقا لسینگ طوری توصیفش می کنه که مخاطبای زنش همون حس شخصیت های زن کتاب رو نسبت به بن داشته باشن همون قدر دوستش داشته باشن و حمایتش کنن. آخر کتاب خیلی خوب تموم می شه خیلی یه جورایی پیش بینی می کنی که حتما جلد3ای هم در کاره اما بعد طوری شوکه می شی که اشک می ریزی و کتاب رو می بندی.
بن یکی از بهترین شخصیتایی که من تا حالا خوندم شخصیتی که تمام ویژگیاش منحصر به خودشن و برای همیشه توی ذهنت می مونن...اون
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Candy
Aug 09, 2015 Candy rated it it was amazing
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بسام عبد العزيز
بن شخص لديه تكوين جسماني و عقلي أشبه بإنسان الكهف في عصور ما قبل التاريخ..
بن يعاني من عدم استطاعته الاندماج في المجتمع الإنساني المعاصر..
بن يقابل بشرا يرفضونه و مع ذلك يستغلونه..
بن لا يستطيع أبدا أن يكون جزءا من هذا المجتمع بسبب اختلافه عنهم..

أين مر على هذا مسبقا؟؟؟
آه تذكرت..
..E.T
كوكب القرود..
فرانكنشتاين..
و غيرهم الكثير!

فكرة الاغتراب الانساني و الاختلاف عن المجتمع أصبحت مهروسة بشكل عنيف في العديد من الكتابات على مر التاريخ.. فما الذي تقدمه ليسينج هنا زيادة عما قدم من قبل؟؟
لا يوجد أي شيء جديد سو
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Paul
Aug 24, 2008 Paul rated it liked it
Shelves: literature
Worth reading for the beautiful prose, but not as compelling as *The Fifth Child*. Now estranged from his family, Ben falls victim to a series of increasingly tragic deceptions. He's still animal-like but now has a sense of right and wrong. (Maybe it would be better if he didn't.) Ben makes a few kind, compassionate friends along the way, but ultimately the barrage of hardships made for difficult reading.
Andrew
Aug 29, 2014 Andrew rated it it was ok
I agree with the folks who point out that this book doesn't have quite the same finished quality of The Fifth Child: her barbs in the first book were sharp and hit the mark; the barbs here seemed to have been grafted on haphazardly after she came up with the story. It felt as though she was thinking, "ooh, people really liked Ben and having been begging to know what happens to him! I could fire this off real quick-like and bank some coin." Which is odd because 12 years elapsed between the books; ...more
Wendy
Feb 11, 2016 Wendy added it
15 BOOKS DURING SUMMER OF PREGNANCY - The Fifth Child is one of my top favorite books. Ben, In The World does not reach my top twenty. Although not a horrible book, I was really disappointed with Lessing's lack of focus on Ben. I found Teresa to be the most interesting character in the novel, especially her back-story. I was reminded of the film Run Lola Run because Lessing tried to give us so much story in such small snapshots and then ended them with "their story had a good (or bad) ending." I ...more
Salsabil Emam
بن "طيب" كما يقول له من يشفقوا عليه ..
بن "مسكين" كمن يفول له من يحبوه و يعطفوا عليه ..
بن مختلفاً.. لكنه إنسان..

بن يجوب العالم كُرهاً لا طوعاً.. بن يسهل خداعه لأنه "طيب" و "مسكين" .. بن ك"الطفل"..ـ

بن وحيداً خائفاً أغلب الوقت.. بن يريد العودة لبيته رغم أنه لن يجد المرأة العجوز التي ترعاهفقد توفت .. أما أمه فسيجدها مع أخوه الذي يكره و يكبح جماح غضبه نحوه بصعوبة ..
بن يعرف أنه من الخطأ أن يستخدم قوته في أن يقتل أحدهم لأن الناس سيهاجمونه حينها و هو يخاف منهم..
الآن بن أدرك أن قوته لن تحميه في مواجهة
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Cathryn Conroy
A word of advice: Read "The Fifth Child" first and then read "Ben, in the World." I wish the two were one book, but they are not. Together, they are brilliant. Separately, "Ben, in the World" is just confusing. Ben is born to a happy, normal family living in London in the '60s and '70s. But Ben is different. Very different. He is some kind of throwback--a primitive man that is only partly human. At age 18, he leaves his family and goes out on his own, and this is where "Ben, in the World" begins ...more
OljaG13
Well I have to say that I am disappointed with this book. It's just not a good sequel of The Fifth Child (at least I think so). I have to admit that I expected more. Somehow a person who was presented as almost demonic in first part (The Fifth Child) becomes almost loving character and you start to feel sorry for him. Also, I thought that this book will deal more with Ben's relationship with his family but it ended up being totally opposite - his family is hardly even mentioned, he gets to live ...more
Karyn
Nov 23, 2009 Karyn rated it liked it
Decent, but nothing like The Fifth Child. It answered too many of the unknowns that made The Fifth Child so very intriguing
Gila Gila
Dec 31, 2014 Gila Gila rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
I can't really imagine this novel holding together for anyone who hasn't read The Fifth Child, one of the most harrowing stories any parent could read and hope never to identify with even on the most limited level (a sort of literary, brit-erary Rosemary's Baby Grows Up). Spooked as I was by The Fifth Child, it's undeniably mesmerizing. This follow up is even sadder, Ben on his own without any familial support, without anything but his limited understanding of himself, his brute force and his la ...more
Khaled Hamed
Jul 24, 2015 Khaled Hamed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
بن المسكين ،،
يبقى المشترك حتى الان حتى مع فصيلة بن هو وحشية الانسان ،،
شريف ثابت
رواية قاسية توجع القلب فعلا..

ما السر وراء تعاطف العينات البشرية المختلفة التى قابلها بن لوفات، الطفل الخامس، الكائن العجيب الذى حير كل من رآه، فى رحلته الطويلة منذ غادر عائلته (التى حطمها فى الجزء الأول من المتتالية The Fifth Child) إلى شوارع لندن ثم نيس ثم ريو دى جنيرو وحتى نهايته الأليمة فى جبال الأنديز؟ مع ملاحظة اختلاف تلك العينات ما بين إيلين باجز العجوز الانجليزية الطيبة، وريتا بائعة الهوى وقوادها جونستون تاجر المخدرات وصديقه ريتشارد، ثم المخرج الأمريكى أليكس وتيريزا بائعة الهوى البرازيلية
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Rowis Mahfouz
منذ أن عرفت أن هناك جزء ثان (تتمة) لرواية الطفل الخامس والذي يتحدث كله عن "بن" عندما تجاوز مرحلة الطفولة، ويراودني سؤال [كيف ستستمر حياة "بن"؟].

كم الحزن الذي انتابني طوال الرواية كبير جداً، فجميعهم بشكل أو بآخر لا يرون "بن" إلا قطعة أو جزء من خطة لتحقيق أهدافهم. حتى كل من تعاطف معه في البداية أنتهى به الحال أن يستغل "بن" بطريقة مباشرة أو غير مباشرة.

هل كان يستحق هذه النهاية؟ رغم بكائي وغضبي وأنا أعيد قراءة آخر صفحتين أكثر من خمسة مرات، إلا أنني كنت أتصور أنه يمكنه أن يظل في هذا المكان لآخر حياته،
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A.E. Reiff
Jun 21, 2014 A.E. Reiff rated it liked it
Compare Ben with Grendel, but it is salacious compared with the poetry of Gardner's work, rather the flesh against the intellect, if not the flesh then the emotion, for Lessing writes of emotion and ethics in a circular fashion that laments the inability to consummate the other. There are many noble things about her, giving the finger to the Nobel Prize committee, caring for her son, having firm purpose of identity, but these don't overcome the weakness of consummation, a British malady, impoten ...more
Krazykiwi
Feb 04, 2010 Krazykiwi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(copied from BookLikes, because I am feeling a little maudlin. Doris Lessing did much to foster my love of reading, and of wicked women who don't follow the rules.)

I read these books many times, most recently a couple of years ago, but I've never written a review about them. I thought it apropos to do so, on the eve of Doris Lessing's death.

These are both short novels and fast reads, and Lessing is certainly of the school of "don't supply detail unless it drives the story forward", which some pe
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Herman Wartoft
Sep 30, 2012 Herman Wartoft rated it really liked it
Det är en trött, nästan smått irriterad Doris Lessing som den 11 oktober 2007 möts av ett stort medialt pådrag utanför sitt hem i London. På frågan om hon har hört den stora nyheten svarar hon med en förvånad uppsyn nej. De flesta 87-åringarna skulle förmodligen chockas av beskedet att nyss ha vunnit nobelpriset, men inte Doris Lessing. Med ett kroppsspråk som skulle kunna beskrivas som en blandning mellan uppgivenhet och lättnad uttrycker hon ett kort: “Åh herregud” som med det avslagna kroppss ...more
Moises Sheinberg
Feb 06, 2013 Moises Sheinberg rated it liked it
Doris Lessing, premio Nóbel de literatura en 2007, nos ha acostumbrado a libros filosos, abundantes en críticas sociales, feministas y anti-racistas, a volúmenes gruesos cargados de significados e ideas.

A primera vista y comparándola con las otras obras de Lessing “Ben en el mundo” es una novela corta, directa, sencilla y fácil de digerir con un cliché de moraleja respecto a cómo los seres humanos vividores y listos siempre se aprovechan de los más inocentes y nobles.

Escarbando a mayor profundid
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