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

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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
Paperback, 192 pages
Published July 24th 2001 by Harper Perennial (first published 2000)
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Jessica
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
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...more
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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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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...more
Tom
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...more
Lorrie Savoy
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
Nilo  Begi
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...more
Jia Repetto
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 "...more
رويس محفوظ
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،...more
Paul
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
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
Karyn
Decent, but nothing like The Fifth Child. It answered too many of the unknowns that made The Fifth Child so very intriguing
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...more
AE Reiff
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
(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...more
Herman Wartoft
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
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...more
Conchita Matson
Did not seem a sequel at all since the mother isn't hardly mentioned and the first book is about their relationship. I felt sick the whole time I read this which may be the point the author was trying to make as to how Ben affected others or maybe how he felt. Would not bother reading this if you have read the first book.
Ed
This book, the sequel to Lessing's "The Fifth Child", has neither the moral cogency nor classical tragedy form of that novel, but is rather a picaresque and a fable with a tragic ending. I don't recommend this book as an introduction to Lessing's work (read "The Fifth Child" first, but even then you will find this a flat and somewhat disappointing book.)
Guillermo
Son las aventuras del pobre Ben que aparece ahora sobre todo como un humano con problemas de entendimiento. Hay muchas personas que lo ayudan y algunos malvados. Pero el relato es lineal y en el fondo ningún personaje o conflicto es memorable. Todo lo contrario de El quinot hijo.
Roberta Morris
Doris Lessing has done it yet again. While FIFTH CHILD felt a little tired I was prepared to read the sequel -- she being a master storyteller. And with BEN IN THE WORLD she demonstrates her mastery of ancient storytelling with a brilliant insight into contemporary problems, potentials, tragedy that can only occur quite this way just now. It is both beautiful and harrowing, this tale. We tried to get the film rights but of course they'd been snatched up probably before the book was released. It...more
Assaad
Such book, much feelings, very heartbreaking... WOW
Cynthia
Clever premise. Ben is a "Yeti" born to a posh nonYeti family in London. He's huge and hairy, eats like a dog, can't be in the sun, and a bunch of other weird quirks. He's an adultin this novel and he's mostly homeless.

This book is the continuation of Fifth Child, which I didn't read but I didn't really need to. Doris Lessing again gives great character studies, letting me see myself in almost every character; some good some awful souls. If I describe the story, it'll sound outlandish and I won...more
Amber
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Bibliophile
Extremely disappointing.
Keziah Horne
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Reinhilde
Thought for a while which of Doris Lessing's books to discuss here when hearing that she passed away. Read so many but never became an enthusiast, unlike some of my friends (well, they were enthusiastic about DL in the 1980s). Then I thought "one of the Ben books". This one is less sentimental, and it has wonderful mediterranean descriptions. She adds little details here and there which add sparkles of hope to the overall sad story. No, our society is not very inclusive.
Shua
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 we come across something who's characteristics and nature are very different from our own. The need to establish some major moral grounds is necessary, especially in research, now more than ever and moral relativism is a term which needs to disappear.
Amy
I enjoyed "The Fifth Child" and wanted to know what happened to Ben after he left home. I wouldn't recommend this sequel. It doesn't explain what Ben is. And there are no chapters--it's literally 180 straight pages of rambling text with hardly any breaks. I would have quit reading it after a short time, but I thought it would finally explain everything. It did not. And now I feel cheated, and I want those two days back that I spent reading it.
Jake
I read The Fifth Child a few years ago and never forgot that amazing, bizarre story. The mysterious and thought provoking atmosphere of The Fifth Child was replaced by hand feeding and torturous explanations. Much of the writing struck me as filler, and frequently I felt she was using the novel as a platform for concepts that had no place. Also, the character development was unnecessarily informative and evaporated what little energy remained.
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