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Ben, in the World

Ben, in the World

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Ben, in the World

by Lessing, Doris

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Flamingo, London, 2000. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good Condition/Very Good. First Impression. Size: Octavo (standard book size). 178 pages. Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. Pages are lightly tanned throughout. Dust Jacket is in very good condition, without tears or chips or other damage. Previous owner's signature in ink. Edges browned slightly. The book is available and will be PACKAGED professionally, DISPATCHED promptly and a TRACKING NUMBER will be advised by Australia Post.. "A sequel to one of Lessing's most celebrated novels, The Fifth Child. Many will recall the powerful impact The Fifth Child, Doris Lessing's 1988 novel, made on publication. Its account of idyllic marital and parental bliss irredeemably shattered by the arrival of the feral fifth child of the Lovatts made for unnerving and compulsive reading. That child, Ben, now grown to legal maturity, and is the central character of this sequel, which picks up the fable at the end of the childhood where the first book ended and takes our primal, misunderstood, maladjusted teenager out into the world... Review: '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" Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Fiction; Contemporary; Britain/UK; ISBN: 0002261952. ISBN/EAN: 9780002261951. Pictures are of actual item and are not stock images Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 10673. . 9780002261951


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 will horrify and captivate until the novel's dramatic finale.


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Ben, in the World
Lessing, Doris
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BZDB137 the fifth child, contemporary fiction, doris lessing, nobel prize, Fiction; Contemporary; Britain/UK; Unbranded ISBN: 0002261952 EAN: 9780002261951 Lessing, Doris Ben, in the World

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