Book by Lessing Doris
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Doris Lessing's contemporary gothic horror story—centered on the birth of a baby who seems less than human—probes society's unwillingness to recognize its own brutality.Harriet and David Lovatt, parents of four children, have created an idyll of domestic bliss in defiance of the social trends of late 1960s England. While around them crime and unrest surge, the Lovatts are certain that their old-fashioned contentment can protect them from the world outside—until the birth of their fifth baby. Gruesomely goblin-like in appearance, insatiably hungry, abnormally strong and violent, Ben has nothing innocent or infant-like about him. As he grows older and more terrifying, Harriet finds she cannot love him, David cannot bring himself to touch him, and their four older children are afraid of him. Understanding that he will never be accepted anywhere, Harriet and David are torn between their instincts as parents and their shocked reaction to this fierce and unlovable child whose existence shatters their belief in a benign world.Revue de presse :
“A hair-raising tale…as full of twists and shocks as any page turner could desire.” — Time“Terse and chilling…. A witch’s brew of conflicting fears.” — The New York Review of Books“A horror story of maternity and the nightmare of social collapse…. A moral fable of the genre that includes Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.” — The New York Times Book Review
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Description du livre Alfred A. Knopf, 1988. Hardcover. État : New. 1st. N° de réf. du libraire DADAX0394571053
Description du livre Alfred A. Knopf, 1988. État : New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: In the unfettered atmosphere of the late 1960s, a couple builds a life based on their belief in the superior value of tradition and normalcy. A large house, a large family, all the expected pleasantries convince them they can remain untouched by dark events--until the birth of their fifth child, a gruesome, insatiably hungry, violent child. N° de réf. du libraire ABE_book_new_0394571053
Description du livre Knopf, 1988. Hardcover. État : New. 1st Edition. New/New dj. N° de réf. du libraire 000898
Description du livre Alfred A. Knopf, 1988. Hardcover. État : New. book. N° de réf. du libraire 0394571053
Description du livre Alfred A. Knopf, 1988. Hardcover. État : New. N° de réf. du libraire P110394571053