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Pilgrimage by Zenna Henderson

Pilgrimage (original 1961; edition 1993)

by Zenna Henderson

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Authors:Zenna Henderson
Info:Avon Books (1993), Paperback
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Tags:sf series, sf short stories, sf women authors

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Pilgrimage by Zenna Henderson (1961)



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When I first read this book (and its follow on book 'No Different Flesh'), I felt that they were rather sweet and rather old fashioned even allowing for the fact that most of the stories making up the books were written in the early to mid fifties. However, they are in some ways very modern (teens are often 'twoing' in ways that aren't going down the mall for the afternoon), though with a a very conservative social outlook and fashions - most of the women in these stories wouldn't be seen dead in slack for example even if such an item of clothing would be more sensible in a People where levitation is a normal part of life.. As presentyed here, this book is a fix up with the stories being presented to throuh the ears of Lea, a lady who's nearly dead sense of wonder was about to receive a massive jolt. All in all, I was quite impressed how well these stories read.

As a point of note, one of these stories was made into a nade-for-TV type movie that was as sweet and gooey as you may want... ( )
  JohnFair | Dec 18, 2015 |
Alien children with magic/psionic powers are refugees on modern Earth. A large collection of short stories which were also collected in a couple of smaller volume. It gets extremely saccharine and cloying after a while, but is memorable nonetheless. ( )
  PMaranci | Apr 3, 2013 |
I have loved the stories of The People since the late 1960s when I first started reading science fiction. Our public library in Sunnyvale, CA had a large number of science fiction books. I did not find out until much later how unusual that was. After getting hooked on Star Trek I went there looking for books and found the various Best Of books. Quickly found Zenna Henderson's People stories and then started looking for them. I continue to re-read them from time to time. Still love them. ( )
  barbgarcia1987 | Feb 14, 2011 |
Upbeat, positive, uplifting science fiction stories. The People move to earth because their own world is to be destroyed. They must learn to adjust to their new lives in a new world where people are estranged from The Presence as they are not. These are stories of faith, of optimism, even in the midst of sorrow.
Each chapter stands alone, but there are connections as well. Lovely book. ( )
  DeputyHeadmistress | Feb 10, 2008 |
The first SF book I ever bought (on holiday in Menorca, 1969). I found it completely entrancing, as did my mum (who says that she doesn't even like SF). "Plaiting your twishers" made it into the family vocabulary, although for us it eventually came to mean someone getting a bit over-anxious. ( )
  madcatwoman | May 17, 2006 |
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Marooned on this planet by the crash of their interstellar vehicle in the distant past, The People are never free of a sense of strangeness in this world and a yearning for the home they have half-forgotten.

These are the chronicles of their arrival on this world, their estrangement from it, and their ultimate acceptance of their poignant exile.

Pilgrimage: The Book of The People is one of the unforgettable works in all of science fiction.
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