Ben, in the World: The Sequel to the Fifth Child (Perennial)

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Harper Perennial
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5.3 X 8.0 X 0.5 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author

Winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature, Doris Lessing was one of the most celebrated and distinguished writers of our time, the recipient of a host of international awards. She wrote more than thirty books--among them the novels Martha Quest, The Golden Notebook, and The Fifth Child. She died in 2013.


(A) fine new novel. Here is a work of great imagination with considerable sympathy for its strange subject. To write a novel based on a situation so improbable as this requires considerable courage, a quality that Doris Lessing possesses in plentitude. -- The Newark Star-Ledger

As a work of art BEN, IN THE WORLD, like its predecessor [THE FIFTH CHILD], is a conspicuous success. It is, if anything, an even more controlled, finely honed and gripping work of fiction, a real pleasure to read. Lessing's audacity as an artist is undiminished. -- San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle

Both [The Fifth Child and Ben, In the World] are the products of the same vigorous, audacious mind in battle against the status quo. -- The Baltimore Sun

Far from resting on her laurels, Lessing goes from strength to strength. Ben's half-human ignorance, paranoia, and rage are magnificently imagined and vividly present on every page. The condition of the outsider has hardly ever before in fiction been portrayed with such raw power and righteous anger. Few, if any, living writers can have explored so many forbidding fictional worlds with such passion and conviction. -- Kirkus Reviews

Lessing still takes quite extraordinary risks. A subtle meditation on what could possibly happen to a creature like Ben. He is more poignant than Frankenstein's monster just because he has hope. At times, Lessing's spare, sharp prose lets you see things as Ben sees them, as you have not seen things before. The book shares that uncanny effect with the best fiction. -- The New York Times Book Review

Powerful writing from an author noted for dealing effectively with difficult human issues. -- Library Journal (starred review)

Where [Lessing] excels is in the sheer power of her storytelling and in the visceral impact of the story she tells. -- The Wall Street Journal