• Sign In / Register
  • Help
  • Basket0
Ben, in the World (Paperback)
  • Ben, in the World (Paperback)
zoom

Ben, in the World (Paperback)

(author)
£9.99
Paperback 192 Pages / Published: 02/04/2001
  • In stock online

Usually despatched within 24 hours

  • This item has been added to your basket
Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. Please check by using Click & Collect

From Doris Lessing, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, the sequel to one of her most celebrated novels, `The Fifth Child'.

`The Fifth Child', Doris Lessing's 1988 novel, made a powerful impact on publication. Its account of idyllic marital and parental bliss shattered by the arrival of the feral fifth child of the Lovatts made for unnerving and compulsive reading. That child, Ben, is the central character of this sequel, which picks up the fable at the end of his childhood and takes our primal, misunderstood, maladjusted teenager out into the world. He meets mostly with mockery, fear and incomprehension, but with just enough kindness and openness to keep him afloat as his adventures take him from London to the south of France and on to South America in his restless quest for community, companionship and peace.

Lessing employs a plain, unadorned prose fit for fables; again, we have a childlike perspective at the heart of the book; again, the world in all its malevolence and misapprehension swirls around at the edge, while, occasionally, a strong character steps forward to try to set a good example.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780006552291
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 135 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 11 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

`A wonderful novel, flawless as a black pearl.' Daily Mail

`Outstanding...A tour de force that poses stark questions about modern-day Britain and what it is to be human.' Sunday Times

`"Ben, In the World" is huge in scope, humanity and pathos. Lessing created a monster; her triumph is that he not only personifies the human yearning to belong, but that we also come to love him.' Shena Mackay, Daily Telegraph

You may also be interested in...

Little Fires Everywhere
Added to basket
£7.99   £6.49
Paperback
Home Fire
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Men Without Women
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
The History of Bees
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Child of All Nations
Added to basket
On a Beautiful Day
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback
History of Wolves
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
The Handmaid's Tale
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Coming Home to Island House
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
A Gentleman in Moscow
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
The Sparsholt Affair
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
The Midnight Line
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback
Into the Water
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback
Don't Let Go
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.