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The Chrysalids by John Wyndham

The Chrysalids (1955)

by John Wyndham

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Such a great book! ( )
  ebethiepaige | Oct 20, 2015 |
Such a great book! ( )
  ebethiepaige | Oct 17, 2015 |
Odd how a best-selling mainstream SF novel becomes, 30 years later, acceptable fare for teenagers. We read it in high school, mostly because of the New Zealand connection I'm sure. Probably the most important science fiction work set in Newfoundland. The moral ambiguity of the ending doesn't some across as nuance on Wyndham's part, just an unexamined belief in the evolutionary superiority of New Zealanders. ( )
  adzebill | Sep 13, 2015 |
I read this in the school library when I was 17. I had never read much science fiction and I found this a fascinating insight into the nature of religious fervor, bigotry and sorrow.
Not the least because the ability for which the children are hounded seems to us to be an amazing sense much sort after if it exists at all.
Its an object lesson ignorance. ( )
  Daniel_Nanavati | Jul 19, 2015 |
I read this back in grade nine. I would have to reread it to write a review. ( )
  momma182 | Jun 23, 2015 |
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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.
added by andyl | editThe Observer, Alice Fisher (Dec 7, 2008)

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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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