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فرزند پنجم

3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  7,512 ratings  ·  808 reviews
كتبوا عن "الطفل الخامس" أنها رواية لديها قوة الكابوس، كتبت بتلك البساطة اللاذعة التي هي قوام الكوابيس..
أربعة أطفال ورعاية الأقارب والأصدقاء ومنزل قديم جميل تؤسسه قصة حب رائعة بين هارييت ودافيد لوفات ثم يولد لهما "الطفل الخامس" فيسقط كظل مظلم لا سبيل إلى تغيير.. ظل ضخم وقبيح وعنيف لا يمكن التحكم فيه.. رضيع تملؤه كراهية باردة تصارع أمه لرعايته فتجابه بظلام لم تعرف له مثيلاً
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Paperback, 167 pages
Published 2008 by نشر ثالث (first published 1988)
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Stela
Apr 09, 2015 Stela rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Stela by: Carmen Irimia
It was the summer of 2013 that a friend of mine, who’s an English teacher, asked me how I would teach “The Fifth Child”. Since I didn’t know about the book or have it, she sent me a PDF copy and here I am, after an unsettling but fascinating reading, asking myself the same question: what key of lecture could I offer? Because it is, undoubtedly, worth reading. A little masterpiece about the fragility of happiness and the illusion of the security provided by family, as the author herself said in a ...more
Huda Yahya
الشعور القوي الذي غمرني هو
التعجب من نيل دوريس ليسينج نوبل

فالرواية أقل من عادية
ولم أشعر معها بأي ابداع تقريبا

ليست سيئة نعم
وربما للمؤلفة كتب أهم
ولكنني لست متحفزة للقراءة مججدا لها على الإطلاق


سيطر علي شعور ربما يبدو فكاهيا
شعرتُ بأنني طوال القراءة أجلس أمام شاشة تلفاز
وأشاهد فيلما تليفزيونيا مملا قليلا وقديم
وفيه الترجمة تظهر بالبنط العريض جدا كما هو حال الترجمات منذ عقد من الزمان

باختصار لا أرشحها لأحد
Mariel
Apr 07, 2013 Mariel rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody knows
Recommended to Mariel by: everybody understands

She felt rejected by him. They had always loved to lie here feeling a new life, greeting it. She had waited four times for the first little flutters, easily mistaken but then certain; the sensation that was as if a fish mouthed out a bubble; the small responses to her movements, her touch, and even- she was convinced- her thoughts.


But what about me? I've been shot. Go on without me, save yourselves. Ooh aah it hurts, like a spoon or a papercut that irritates your mind into the beyond. Listen,
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Doralyn
This novel was disturbing on so many levels. It was supposed to have started out with this great couple who had all these wonderful family ideals, until the fifth child came along who was really tough to take (and basically a commentary on society's reaction to such a different child). However, I never saw the couple as having a great marriage. The only testament to any sort of greatness I guess would be their coupled desire to have a lot of children. Simply because their house was constantly fi ...more
Thomson Kneeland
This was my introduction to the writing of Doris Lessing; I had high hopes for the book but was sorely disappointed. The writing was pretty unengaging for me, though not poor. The plot was ridiculous in content, though perhaps acceptable as a sort of "unmagical realism"; completely unrealistic and unbelievable, along with two dimensional characters suitable for allegory only. Perhaps the book stands as an indictment of conservative 1950's family values, white picket fences, women staying home to ...more
Daisy
Jun 20, 2011 Daisy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: well, I know who I wouldn't recommend it to
Shelves: england, house, autism
"It's crazy," said Dorothy. She was flushed with the hot tea and with all the things she was forcing herself not to say. p. 34

This is fascinating.
Yes this is about a bad seed, the last child in an otherwise happy family. But it also has a lot to do with perception and judgement, how the parents, Harriet and David, see themselves and how others see them and how they think others see them. And how they see others, particularly their fifth child. Who is criticized and how and why? What expectations
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Ryl
I read "The Fifth Child" last night. That was so, sooooo disturbing. I'm exhausted today because I got my hands on it at 7:30pm and then I was up til 2 finishing it, but I knew I'd never be able to sleep unless I just finished it. Then I couldn't stop thinking about it, and dreamed about it!

If you haven't read it but have any inclination at all to read it, stop here and don't read the rest of my review. Then read it, and then come back here so we can discuss!!! I'm dying to talk to someone abou
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Donna
Apr 30, 2010 Donna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: book groups
Wow!

This is the first Doris Lessing book I've read and she's a great writer. This is a true "horror" story...not in the classic sense, but in the real sense of a horrible situation that people must confront. It leaves the reader with the thought "what would you do if you found yourself in this situation?". Therefore it is a highly discussable book.

Interesting characters, interesting plot, great writing. What more can a reader ask?

Reread in April 2010 for Maze book discussion. Still thought it w
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Aerin
This book is terrifying, in both a general and a very specific way. I loved it, and it haunts me.

In the specific sense, it's a very domestic horror story, and taps into a fear that I suspect is pretty common, especially among women. I've discussed it with friends, this vague terror of procreation - not just the body horror of pregnancy and childbirth, of incubating some alien thing that will eventually push itself out of you - but the alarming uncertainty about what kind of child you will end up
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Ahmed
هذا هو أول عمل أقرأه لدوريس ليسنج:
عمل اجتماعى رفيع يحكى ببساطه عن طفل (طفرة) فى وسط أسرته .
يصور لنا العمل مدى المعاناة التى تعانيها جميع الأطراف من (الأب والأم ) وباقى أفراد الأسرة.
رغم أن العمل عن المجتمع الإنجليزى إلا أنه يجوز عليه قياس باقى مجتمعات العالم.
عمق نفسى واضح ودراية بمفاهييم التربيه المختلفه مع واقعيه فى تناول العمل
فى المجمل عمل جيد .
Ensiform
A middle-class English couple buck the disapproval of both their families and plan to have “at least six” children, buying a huge house and becoming the focus of all holiday gatherings. The fifth child, however, Ben, after a difficult pregnancy, turns out to be some sort of evil throwback, horrifying and sending away the extended family.

This slim novel appears to be making a comment on social selfishness, as well as being a parable for our violent modern times – “the barbarous eighties,” as the
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Valerie
What an extraordinary book. First it starts quite ironically by this couple who believes that they can be happy and have this big family, in a giant house, having to work so much to make the dream live. Then Harriet has 5 children in 6 years, and this fifth one will be different, but no one agrees to name the difference, Ben is like the "call of the wild", he is like Nature dangerous, strong, he does not care of what is going on he's in his own world, he's nor good nor bad, he's a force of survi ...more
Sherif Metwaly
انا حاولت ....
والله حاولت ....
حاولت اربع مرات اكمل قرائتها لكن مقدرتش
!!!!! الواحد له قدرة ع التحمل ياجماعة
الترجمة مأساوية .. أو يمكن يكون اسلوب الكاتبة هو اللى كدة والراجل اللى بيترجم مش فى ايده حاجة يعملها
كمية جمل اعتراضية ف وسط الكلام غير طبيعية
يعنى ممكن تلاقى فى بداية الصفحة الجملة ابتدت ....وبعد سطر كدة عملك العلامة دى (-) عشان يقول جملة اعتراضية فى وسط الكلام ..لكن المشكلة ان الجملة ممكن توصل لاربع خمس سطور وبعد كدة يقفل بنفس العلامة (-) ويكمل الجملة اللى بدأها فى أول الصفحة اللى انت بت
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Didi
This book freaked me out. I've never read a Doris Lessing book before and I'm almost sure that this one is out of the ordinary compared to what she usually writes. It's short but packed with lots of ideas concerning family, mother-children relationships, husband -wife relationships, societal expectations, etc. All done with a touch of gothic horror to slide it right down. Well worth the read. Now I'm intrigued to read other titles from Lessing. Although I'm afraid tackling would be a better choi ...more
Julie
Jun 24, 2007 Julie rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: barren men
I believe the only reason Tom feels so strongly in favor of this book is due to the fact he is unable to give birth. As a female, it's terrifying!
Ana
“I hated writing it,'' said Doris Lessing. ''It was sweating blood. I was very glad when it was done. It was an upsetting thing to write - obviously, it goes very deep into me somewhere.'' -Doris Lessing

Meet Ben.
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“He was a squat, burly little figure, with a big head, the yellow stubble of his course hair growing from the double crown of his head into the point low on his heavy narrow forehead. He had a flattish flaring nose that turned up. His moth was fleshy and curly. His eyes were like lumps
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Stephen Durrant
This book will speak to all who have looked at certain misfits or delinquents and wondered if there might really be genetic throwbacks among us, modern-day Neanderthals so to speak. A very conventional English couple of the 1960's marries, moves into a large suburban house and proceeds to fulfill their happy ambition of producing one child after another. All goes swimmingly, or almost so, until the birth of the fifth child, who is quite literally a little monster. Their happiness shattered, the ...more
Deborah Markus
I reread this the day Doris Lessing died. It's very short, and every sentence packs a heady concentration of power.

This is the novel that introduced me to Lessing. I was lucky enough to be working in a bookstore when it was released; I read a review and immediately used my employee's discount to buy a copy. I think I read it all in one sitting that day, too.

The premise is simple: A man and a woman fall in love because each sees in the other a rejection of the shallow, worldly, sex-is-entertainm
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Fenixbird SandS
Oct 14, 2007 Fenixbird SandS marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Fenixbird by: NY TIMES
By recent Nobel literature prizewinner Doris Lessing...about Ms. Lessing, "Ms. Lessing, who turns 88 this month [09/08?], never finished high school and largely educated herself through voracious reading. She has written dozens of books of fiction, as well as plays, nonfiction and two volumes of autobiography. She is the 11th woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.....[further quoting NY Times reporters Motoko Rich & Sarah Lyall] "Ms. Lessing’s strongest legacy may be that she inspired a ...more
The Wee Hen
Much like Lionel Shriver's "We Need To Talk About Kevin" this book is an excellent method of birth control. This old hen has never hatched a chick and after reading these two books I would, frankly, be terrified to even try.
Harriet and David are a rather stolid, prudish, old-before-their-time couple who insist on spewing child after child into the world despite the fact that they are financially unable to care for all of them. They wind up depending on David's father's money and Harriet's mother
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Katharine
This was a fine book. I'd been reading so much about Doris Lessing, went to the library and of the 5 or 6 books there, chose this one.
Not going to mention plot, that is everywhere, but the writing style was great. Lessing wrote non-stop, with no chapters or white space so I read it that way and finished it in one morning.
Enjoyed her writing, enjoyed my wondering what was going to happen and why. Enjoyed the many comments here by others who read it.

Going to read more Lessing -- like her intellige
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محمد الحمراوي
الرواية دي من أعظم وأغرب الروايات اللي قرأتها في حياتي ، الرواية باختصار بتحكي عن رجل وامرأة اكتشفا أن كلا منهما بيكمل الآخر فتزوجوا ، وقرروا انهم يعيشوا في بيت كبير ، أكبر من امكانياتهم ، وينجبوا من الأطفال الكثير .
لحد هنا تمام ، قصة عادية تكاد تكون مستهلكة ، بس ده كله بيختلف لما بتحمل البطلة في " بن " ، أو الطفل الخامس ، وبن ببساطة هو طفل غريب الأطوار ، سواء في تكوينه الجسماني ، أو في سلوكه الأخلاقي ، " بن " هو حالة استثنائية بتسبب متاعب شديدة للأسرة ، بترهق دخل الأسر وبتضعف من ترابطها .
ممكن ن
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Sheri
I loved this book. Absolutely loved it. That said, this is not a book for everyone. It is not a happy book, it is not a resolved book, it is not a book for those with lots of empathy.

This is a book about one of my favorite topics: perception. Clearly, Lessing is critical of David and Harriet's (anti-feminist) goal to have a large family with a stay at home mother. The rest of the family give voice to these ideas and after Ben's birth present "I told you so" attitude. But, this book is more than
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Lavinia
The book was compared to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, which really gets on my nerves. Why on earth do we have to do that? Publicity? I do that sometimes myself (i.e. comparing books), but on a personal note. I’m not a publisher / critic and my opinions don’t go on book blurbs or magazines. I wish publishers found an interesting / original / catchy thing to say about the book itself in order to sell it rather than just compare it to a classic or whatever best-seller is handy.

Back to the book. Tho
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Arash Radmanesh
لسینگ از نویسندگان معدودی است که در طول دوران نویسندگی اش هرگز به یک سبک و اسلوب خاص بسنده نکرده و همواره درصدد آزمودن ژانرهای گوناگون یوده است؛ و جالب اینکه او تقریبن در همه ی این آزمون ها موفق بوده و در هریک از ژانرهای مختلفی که کار کرده،آثار مهم و قابل توجهی برجای گذاشته است.
این کتاب، "فرزند پنجم" به نوعی اولین تجربه ی مهم لسینگ در ژانر وحشت است. رمان مزبور داستان زن و شوهری را روایت می کند که پس از آشنایی و ازدواج،تصمیم می گیرند خوشبختی را به معنای عام آن در زندگی خود به منسه ظهور برسانند.خ
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Josh
Jun 23, 2008 Josh rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who think the world is going to hell in a handbasket
I picked up this book completely randomly at the epicly awesome Green Apple Books in San Francisco. Anytime I do that, and think that maybe I'm finding some lost literary gem that I can then pass off to my friends and enemies alike, I am inevitably disappointed, or at least underwhelmed.
This was a short read (about 130 pgs), and I read it all in one travel day. So that was good. It has no chapter or even page breaks, so it all lends itself to that. Reviews on the book jacket call it a horror bo
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Margaret
Εξαιρετικό βιβλίο! Και αναλλοίωτος ο συμβολισμός του ως προς το " κακό" το οποίο γεννάμε μαζι με το καλο ,με το οποίο μας συνδέει δεσμός αίματος και μας τραυματίζει ενώ έχουμε κοινό DNA
Beverly
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Rose
This book is frustrating. Even a year after reading it, I feel frustrated.

The story begins with Harriet and David. They fall in love, move to the outskirts of London, and into a beautiful home. Harriet begins having children, each becoming another perfect addition to their perfect home. They're lives are beautiful and they are more than happy to show the world their family by throwing large parties for their relatives/friends.

Then Harriet gets pregnant with her fifth child.

And after 4 easy pre
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“While she strode rapidly through the ward to the door at the other end, she was able to see that every bed or cot held an infant or a small child in whom the human template had been wrenched out of pattern, sometimes horribly, sometimes slightly. A baby like a comma, great lolling head on a stalk of a body... then something like a stick insect, enormous bulging eyes among stiff fragilities that were limbs... a small girl all blurred, her flesh guttering and melting - a doll with chalky swollen limbs, its eyes wide and blank, like blue ponds, and its mouth open, showing a swollen little tongue. A lanky boy was skewed, one half of his body sliding from the other. A child seemed at first glance normal, but then Harriet saw there was no back to its head; it was all face, which seemed to scream at her.” 3 likes
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