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The Chrysalids By John Wyndham The Chrysalids A world paralysed by genetic mutationJohn Wyndham takes the reader into the anguished heart of a community where the chances of breeding true are less than fifty per cent and where deviations are root

  • Title: The Chrysalids
  • Author: John Wyndham
  • ISBN: 9780140013085
  • Page: 496
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The Chrysalids By John Wyndham A world paralysed by genetic mutationJohn Wyndham takes the reader into the anguished heart of a community where the chances of breeding true are less than fifty per cent and where deviations are rooted out and destroyed as offences and abominations.
    The Chrysalids By John Wyndham

    The Chrysalids New York Review Books Classics Wyndham The Chrysalids is a perfectly conceived and constructed work from the classic era of science fiction It is a Voltairean philosophical tale that has as much resonance in our own day, when genetic and religious fundamentalism are both on the march, as when it was written during the Cold War. The Chrysalids by John Wyndham, Paperback Barnes Noble Up to sh backNov , The Chrysalids is a perfectly conceived and constructed work from the classic era of science fiction It is a Voltairean philosophical tale that has as much resonance in our own day, when genetic and religious fundamentalism are both on the march, as when it was written during the Cold War Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought The Chrysalids by John Wyndham On one level, The Chrysalids is the story of a rustic farming community struggling to survive many years following massive global nuclear destruction. The Chrysalids John Wyndham The Chrysalids New York Review Books Classics John Wyndham . out of stars Paperback . The Kraken Wakes John Wyndham . out of stars Paperback . The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham John Wyndham . out of stars Paperback. The Chrysalids New York Review Books The Chrysalids is a perfectly conceived and constructed work from the classic era of science fiction It is a Voltairean philosophical tale that has as much resonance in our own day, when genetic and religious fundamentalism are both on the march, as when it was written during the Cold War Download the Reading Group Guide for The Chrysalids.

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    1. Apatt on said:

      John Wyndham is often described in rather disparaging term as the main proponent of cosy catastrophe This based on the allegation that his protagonists tend to be English middle class white males who are not much inconvenienced by the apocalypse, somehow continuing to live it up while the rest of the populace suffer Having read three of his books I find that while the allegation is not entirely unwarranted it is also not quite fair I hope to write about this issue when I get around to reviewing [...]

    2. Shannon (Giraffe Days) on said:

      This has been on my shelf, unread, since uni, when I picked it up second hand after reading and loving The Day of the Triffids, recommended to me by my mum I can t believe I waited so long to read this amazing book, and if there is one book you should read in your life it is this one It has been a long time how long no one can say, though surely centuries since God sent the Tribulation to the Old People us , near destroying everything we had built and learned The Tribulation continues the wilder [...]

    3. Brendon Schrodinger on said:

      It is certainly easy to classify John Wyndham s The Chrysalids as old school YA fiction, from before YA fiction needed a label, but it offers than your average after school special between covers in that it treats the reader as an intelligent and reasonable person, and that while there is a touch of the 50s to the book, it was certainly way ahead of it s time.David Strorm is the only living son of a patriarch of an ultra religious post apocalyptic community Faced a level of mutation in the thei [...]

    4. Dan Schwent on said:

      The Chrysalids is my new favorite John Wyndham book It s about conformity in a post nuclear holocaust world David and his friends live in an isolated community called Waknuk on the island of Labrador After seeing one of his friends cast out into the Fringes for having a sixth toe, David begins mistrusting his upbringing Once he discovers that he and a small group of his friends are telepathic, things only get worse.Wyndham draws on the paranoia and distrust of the deviations from the norm that h [...]

    5. Tracey on said:

      An oldie but a goodie Dystopian fiction at it s best from John Wyndham The main character David appears at first to be normal Anyone with a birth defect is a deviant and either killed outright or sent off to The fringes to live with the other mutant.As he grows up David becomes aware of others like him who can communicate in thought patterns Telepathy This if discovered would be classed as deviant and they and he would be in grave danger David has to protect his friends and especially his younge [...]

    6. Althea Ann on said:

      It seems wrong for the first adjective I d use to describe a rather miserable future dystopia to be nostalgic but that was the mood this book swept me into Not a nostalgia for the world described within the book, but rather for the style of writing I read a great deal of fiction very similar to this in my early teenage years, but somehow, I believe I missed this one Even if I had read it before, it would ve held up to re reading this is quite an excellent book In a post nuclear war society, life [...]

    7. Manny on said:

      Perhaps the best sound bite from the anti evolution camp is the one about the tornado If a tornado hit a junkyard, how likely is it that it would randomly create a 747 I was surprised to learn the other day that the line originally comes from Fred Hoyle, the brilliant but eccentric astrophysicist who also coined the phrase Big Bang Of course, it s not a fair comparison The whole point, as everyone from Darwin onward has explained, is that evolution isn t a one shot process it s the result of a g [...]

    8. Brandon on said:

      Many years have passed since a devastating nuclear war left much of the world in ruins A small village in northern Labrador comprised of religious fundamentalists is on the lookout for what they call deviations food, animals or even people who deviate from the socially acceptable norm Once these deviations have been discovered, it is either to be destroyed on the spot or if you re one of the few people born with a deformity, sterilized and banished from the community, destined to live in what th [...]

    9. Chris F on said:

      At first it seems as if John Wyndham is making the point that those with physical deformities are humans just like everyone else, and should be treated as such However if we divide this book into heroes and villains, and weigh up the pros and cons for each group we find that the heroes are the greater monsters If the villains are defined by their intolerance of anyone or anything that deviates from the norm then our band of heroes, and their ultimate savior, are the worst offenders I was left wo [...]

    10. Katie Lumsden on said:

      Absolutely brilliant one of the best books I ve read in terms of dealing with a post apocalyptic world and what they might mean The writing is beautiful and the characterisation and world building subtly done The society Wyndham builds is terrifying and fascinating, and brilliantly created I think I preferred the slower first half to the action driven second half, but this will still definitely be one of my favourites of this year

    11. El on said:

      I nominated this book for my real life book club because I was trying to think of something that would fit a Halloween sort of theme, and some description I saw of this book mentioned the Devil, so why not Sorry, book club Not very Halloween y, eh And, apparently at least in Pittsburgh , really difficult to find I failed you all this month.It is a post apocalyptic novel, though, and I m usually down for that This particular post ap novel is also a coming of age story, which I have to admit surpr [...]

    12. Jonathan Terrington on said:

      Having recently read John Wyndham s famous novel The Day of the Triffids, which is known for the film adaptations, I decided to read another of Wyndham s books The result left me very satisfied and I must conclude that Wyndham now holds a place on my imaginary bookshelf of favourite classic sci fi authors alongside Wells, Asimov and Verne to name a few.The idea of The Chrysalids is simple but executed extremely well As a result The Chrysalids is a complement to the aesthetic as well as to the m [...]

    13. Ashley on said:

      A very thought provoking and equally entertaining read that explores various themes close to my heart Amongst them are the notion of the ideal body, the use and abuse of power, the evolution of the mind and the concepts of truth and falsehood And the best thing about this book is that it features my favourite kind of fictional characters wise children with telepathic power

    14. M. Ihsan Tatari on said:

      nsan insan yapan nedir Irk m Ten rengi mi Milliyeti mi Yoksa d nceleri ve ki ili i mi John Wyndham, Krizalitler adl eserinde tam da bu konuyu sorguluyor i te Ama bilimkurgunun, hatta belki de biraz da fantasti in o kendine zg ele tiri k l c n ku anarak, farkl ve ger ek st bir yoldan yap yor bunu.Hikayemiz Waknuk k y nde ya ayan, David adl bir ocu un ba ndan ge enleri konu al yor David d g r n a s ndan son derece normal, hatta s radan biri Ve bu onun i in inan lmaz bir nimet nk Waknuk halk , zell [...]

    15. Hákon Gunnarsson on said:

      This was a bit different from The Day of the Triffids, the only other John Wyndham novel I have read and a bit similar as well The Triffids is set during an present day at the time of publication that is apocalypse, while The Chrysalids is a post apocalyptic novel set in the future The plot of both center around characters that are in the run, thought I think it takes longer until that part begins in The Chrysalids Most importantly for me, I liked both of them.It s an interesting read at this po [...]

    16. Simon on said:

      A post apocalyptic world in which society puritanically tries to resist the deviations that beset their crops, livestock and people through genetic mutations David Strorm, never quite understanding his father s fervour for normality soon discovers that he and certain others deviate from the norm in a new and undetectable way As they try to keep their difference hidden and try to be normal, they eventually discover that they won t ever fit in and with the arrival of David s sister Petra, it becom [...]

    17. Adrian on said:

      Another wonderfully written Wyndham book Similar to some of the other reviewers I find that Wyndham s writing draws you in, and before you know it an hour has passed Not lost as reading is never about losing time and you want to carry on to continually find out what happens next.As with some of his other novels I would have loved a sequel to find out how the characters fared on the next stage of their journey, but maybe thats the sign of a good writer, leave the reader wanting .In my view its a [...]

    18. Mattia Ravasi on said:

      11 in my Top 20 Books I Read in 2015 youtube watch v zIWkwAn excellent excercise in post apocalyptic fiction from a master of the genre compelling storytelling, intelligent reflections and believable characters An amazing reading experience, chrysalids readers Think about it.

    19. Paul Reed on said:

      I usually have a three book rule which states that I only read three consecutive books by any author It s mostly to stop me from getting bored Not so with Wyndham I m four in and still wanting I haven t read the Chrysalids since I was a youth, and, understandably, a lot of the evolutionary religious themes were lost on me back then It s a much richer reading experience now As usual with Wyndham, this is a story which raises all manner of questions regarding what constitutes perfection, whether [...]

    20. Jean on said:

      I love this book It affects me every time I read it, or listen to watch an adaptation of The Chrysalids The depiction of a post nuclear world, where a tiny minority of telepaths are pitted against the general population of religious bigots is pure Wyndham He takes just a small step away, presents a What if scenario, and proceeds to show human behaviour in all its aspects, warts and all.

    21. Yaprak on said:

      Ger ekten ok keyifle okudu um bir kitap oldu.Krizalitler bizi post apokaliptik bir d nyaya g t r yor Asl nda felaketin ne oldu unun tam olarak bilmiyoruz fakat canl larda g r len mutasyonlar bize her ne olduysa bunun n kleer bir durum oldu unu tahmin ettiriyor Waknuk k y ndeki David in hikayesini okuyoruz Waknuk k y olduk a dindar ve t m canl lar n Tanr n n onlar yaratt ekilde olmas gerekti ini d nerek bunun d nda kald n var sayd klar her eyi Sapk nl k olarak nitelendirip yok etme yolunu se en i [...]

    22. Marianna Neal on said:

      3.5 out of 5 starsThis was my first John Wyndham book, and though I can t say I loved it, I am definitely interested in reading of his work This particular post apocalyptic setting is very interesting, but the characters took a while for me to get into, and the second half of the book was engaging than the first Overall, I enjoyed it and would recommend it to fans of post apocalyptic fiction.

    23. Ana Rînceanu on said:

      The good guys vs bad guys narrative really gets complicated by the end of this novel

    24. Nikki on said:

      I ve been meaning to read The Chrysalids since it was mentioned in Among Others reading books Mori mentions hasn t steered me wrong, so far I m glad I got round to it I enjoyed Wyndham s Day of the Triffids, but I enjoyed The Chrysalids rather I fell in love with the way he created a whole post apocalyptic world in just a few pages I loved all the details of it harsh and oppressive as it would be to live that life, it s a fantastic read for someone interested in post apocalyptic dystopia.It was [...]

    25. Robert on said:

      With this novel Wyndham abandons his contemporary documentary settings and style and tells a future post nuclear holocaust tale instead and wow What a difference In contrast to a rather dry telling of a tale in which there is little by way of incident, if possibly a lot by way of thought provocation, as can be found in The Midwich Cuckoos or Trouble with Lichen, this is a story with much in the vein of adventure story but also a message about religion, in tolerance and differences between people [...]

    26. Conrad on said:

      What impressed me the most about The Chrysalids is Wyndham s resistance for flare The descriptions are somewhat minimalist He seemed to love working within the walls of a sci fi convention to sort of bend the edges of them without breaking them This sort of restraint is what gives the story its wings as the reader is given an allowance to extend what information is given and fulfill the corollaries Wyndham sets and color in the longer felt repercussions of living in this world I found that to be [...]

    27. Damon on said:

      This is the best of the Wyndham books Quite a good adventure about a bunch of kids that are worried about being hunted down by their community in a post apocalyptic setting.

    28. Michelle (Sherbet Lemon) on said:

      This book had such a promising start, I was convinced I was going to love this, and then rather than the action packed suspenseful thrilling parts I was hoping and yearning for, the end consisted of a lot of discussion and everything being way too neatly and quickly wrapped up If I were a teen and wasn t already familiar with all the philosophical, psychological and religious themes discussed, I might find this interesting As it is I see the value in this book having been written, especially gi [...]

    29. Stacey (prettybooks) on said:

      This post is part of the 2015 Classics Challenge.WHEN I Discovered This ClassicI bought The Chrysalids and The Day of the Triffids in 2013 when I visited Daunt Books, Marylebone, one of my favourite bookshops in London I knew that his books were science fiction modern classics and that the two I picked were his most well known novels.WHY I Chose to Read It It had been a while since I read my first John Wyndham novel I read The Day of the Triffids in April 2013 and haven t picked up a John Wyndha [...]

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