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The Chrysalids

by John Wyndham

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David's father doesn't approve of Angus Morton's unusually large horses, calling them blasphemies against nature. And blasphemies, as everyone knows, should be burned: KEEP PURE THE STOCK OF THE LORD; WATCH THOU FOR THE MUTANT. Little does he realise that his own son - and his son's cousin Rosalind and their friends - have their own secret aberration which would label them as mutants. And mutants, as everyone knows, should be burned. But as David and Rosalind grow older it becomes more difficult to conceal their differences from the village elders. Soon they face a choice: wait for eventual discovery - and death - or flee to the terrifying and mutable Badlands . . .… (more)
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  BooksInMirror | Feb 19, 2024 |
A post nuclear halocast story, set in Labrador, where any mutation can be executed, finds a community of fringers with a more liberal approach and escapes to BNew Zealand by sea. I read a hardcover early edition. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Jan 19, 2024 |
I first read this book as a teenager and had always remembered it - although for a long time I didn't know what it was called. So I decided to reread as an audiobook. It was just as wonderful as I remembered and I was absolutely astonished by how much of it I did remember from 40 years ago! It made an impression on me as a teenager. I don't really know why this book speaks to me. I've always had a fascination with telepathy so that is probably part of it. But it's low level "this society is actually horrendous whilst seeming quite normal" feeling is so well done. Loved it. ( )
  infjsarah | Dec 15, 2023 |
I had to read this in high school and I remember really disliking it. But I thought I would give it another go. I actually liked it better than I remembered but I still didn't love it.
David is the main character and he's living in a post apocalyptic world. Their village is extremely religious and anything that is considered deviant is destroyed. That includes crops, animals and people. There is also a fringe area on the outskirts of the town where deviants that have survived live. The book takes place over a number of years as David is starting to question some of the things that his family and their village believe. He also can communicate with a small group of people by telepathy.
It was an interesting book and the second half kept me turning the pages to see what was going to happen. But I still thought it was a very depressing book. I don't think I would read it again.
Review coming soon to the Literary Club Podcast
https://www.buzzsprout.com/1984185 ( )
  Piper29 | Oct 29, 2023 |
Probably my favourite John Wyndham.
Multi-layered story, dark and disturbing whilst still promising the hope of redemption.
His prose is an utter joy to experience. ( )
  CraigGoodwin | Oct 13, 2023 |
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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
Wyndham, Johnprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harrison, M. JohnIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Herring, MichaelCover artistsecondary 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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There was the power of gods in the hands of children, we know: but were they MAD children, all of them quite mad?
The essential quality of life is living; the essential quality of living is change; change is evolution: and we are part of it.
No one would dream of mentioning [childbirth] openly until the inspector should have called to issue his certificate that it was a human baby in the true image. Should it unhappily turn out to violate the image and thus be ineligible for a certificate, everyone would continue to be unaware of it, and the whole regrettable incident would be deemed not to have occurred.
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David's father doesn't approve of Angus Morton's unusually large horses, calling them blasphemies against nature. And blasphemies, as everyone knows, should be burned: KEEP PURE THE STOCK OF THE LORD; WATCH THOU FOR THE MUTANT. Little does he realise that his own son - and his son's cousin Rosalind and their friends - have their own secret aberration which would label them as mutants. And mutants, as everyone knows, should be burned. But as David and Rosalind grow older it becomes more difficult to conceal their differences from the village elders. Soon they face a choice: wait for eventual discovery - and death - or flee to the terrifying and mutable Badlands . . .

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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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