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The Chrysalids by John Wyndham

The Chrysalids (1955)

by John Wyndham

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Really enjoyed this one. It's a rare find; I don't care for hard science fiction but the classics I have always enjoyed. So having this author pointed out to me was fantastic.
The story is compelling. Lots of ideas about insiders/outsiders according to cultural and social norms and conventions...very timely for today's world.
I'll be looking for other works by this author. ( )
  Laine-Cunningham | Feb 22, 2015 |
Monica McInerneys favourite book, her first adult, and SF book ( )
  jwals | Jan 27, 2015 |
I read this book as a teenager and, along with Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising series, this left an indelible mark on me. I liked this book even more the the Day of the Triffids. Another book I should re-read. ( )
  KVHardy | Jan 2, 2015 |
Astoundingly still relevant to the world we find ourselves in today's. Whydham reminds us it is the "story" not the setting that is important. ( )
  Rationalspin | Jan 1, 2015 |
Like The Day of the Triffids, this is a solid story, well told in first person by a humble, likable, and charming narrator. I find that the magic of Wyndham's writing shows in the style, which is chatty and understated, while also sophisticated and very polite. It's refreshing, considering the time period in which it was written, and it appeals to me. This works as an allegory for any number of social change/social acceptance movements, as well as a defense/demonstration of natural selection. However, the ending adds another layer of sophistication to the story and is fascinating, thought-provoking, and disturbing in its moral ambiguity. I'm not exactly sure how I feel about it yet. It's still making me terribly uncomfortable. That's all I'll say to avoid spoilers. ( )
  DorsVenabili | Aug 31, 2014 |
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Wyndham lumbers his characters with some verbose, pompous speeches about human nature, but his points are still interesting and as relevant today as when he wrote the book in 1955. It's also a ripping adventure.
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
John Wyndhamprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harrison, M. JohnIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Leger, PatrickIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lord, PeterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Malcolm, GraemeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Powell, RobertNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Powers, Richard M.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Priest, ChristopherIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Salwowski, MarkCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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When I was quite small I would sometimes dream of a city -- which was strange because it began before I even knew what a city was.
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Re-Birth is the US title of The Chrysalids.
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In the community of Waknuk it is believed mutants are the products of the Devil and must be stamped out. When David befriends a girl with a slight abnormality, he begins to understand the nature of fear and oppression. When he develops his own deviation, he must learn to conceal his secret.
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First pub. 1955. Science fiction takes place many centuries after a devastation nuclear war. Enclaves of life are cut off from one another by vast areas of radiation contamination.

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