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on 28 March 2009
Dorsi Lessing and bought after an amazon recommendation on the back of "we need to talk about Kevin" Not as good as Shriver. Unfortunately after a good realistic start it then desended into the realms of fantasy. As hard as it is for a mother to accept her child is anything different to the accepted norm it is unlikely that the mother will decide the child is an alien!
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on 27 April 2008
Overall, a load of old cods. An age spent at the beginning explaining how much this couple have in common - every aspect of their lives dissected - page after page of it. Then wham ! - married, house bought, babies being born like they`re going out of fashion, all extended family involved in their lives - and to an unrealistic degree - at one point over thirty of them over to stay - and it took FIVE cars to go on a picnic ! What the hell ??!! If my family were that involved in my life i would leave the country or slit my throat - or theirs ! Every event in this couple`s life is funded by the husband`s father - from the mortgage on a mansion to school fees for the kids to institutionalisation for `the fifth child.`
I mean come on, get real, it just wouldn`t happen. And the institution itself - almost laughable - where `imperfect` kids are injected on a daily basis - four times a day - no more - until they die.
Yeah right....
The fifth child is some sort of ET with super human strength, who, at four months old, grabbed one of the older kids, dragged his arm into the cot and gave it a good old bashing - but luckily just badly sprained it !! He killed the cat, killed the dog, tried to kill a relative`s dog,and at 18 month old threatened to kill the whole family - including all the extended family ! ( actually i might have given him free reign there if i`d been his mother...)
He was hanging out with the local layabouts at age 5 - getting picked up from school on a motor bike and going to the local caff til bedtime so the family could have some peace from him - and his mother was paying the layabouts for their `services` - and sometimes he doesn`t come home for days or weeks at a time !
( Imagine it - the mind really does boggle - where the hell were social services ?? !!)
The family doctor says he`s just `hyperactive` - and i thought MY doctor was a nutter ! The specialist says he behaves that way because his mother doesn`t like him - - ok....moving on....
This kid has bars on his bedroom window, and bars on his bedroom door - and all the other kids are locked in their rooms at night away from him - and he creeps downstairs and devours raw chickens.
( Sounds like a `little britain` sketch doesn`t it..? )
And the `ending` - what was that about..?
I had to go back and re-read a couple of pages as i thought i had missed something - i hadn`t - it just basically had no ending.
Well i have read some weird books in my time but this one really takes the biscuit. I keep looking at it and thinking did i really pay good money for that crap...? I can`t believe there`s a follow up - `ben out in the world on his own` (thought we`d already covered that...??)

Doris - seriously - are you having a laugh....??
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on 24 November 2014
A very different and unexpected read, thought provoking.
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on 2 May 2015
Really enjoyed this book. Something different.
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on 4 November 2014
wasn't what I expected , Not for me
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on 23 April 2015
great book, bought for school
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on 5 October 2015
An effective contraceptive
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on 13 January 2016
A fascinating read
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on 20 September 2000
Jeanette Levin: (eddylevin@dentalsurgeon.demon.co.uk) from London, England , 20 September 2000 I read this little book many years ago and have never forgotten its impact upon me. My understanding of this psychological drama was that, despite the warm, close, loving environment into which this Fifth Child was born and, from which his older siblings seemed to emerge as normal, loved, educated, employed individuals, this Fifth Child's behaviour gave another, frighteningly eery view of the origins of the deviants in our society. The English Liberal philosopher, John Locke (1632-1704) proposed that man was born a blank slate and that all knowledge is derived from experience. In complete contrast, the Scottish philosopher, David Hume (1711-1776) developed Locke's empiricism into the scepticism inherent in it and proposed that man was born a savage beast with no inherent social graces. Thus I see the destiny of this Fifth Child, doomed impervious to his environment, a savage beast', seeking the company of those like himself and hell-bent upon a life of non-conformity. It should however carry a Government Health Warning, DON'T READ WHILST PREGNANT'!
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on 17 December 2015
a must read
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