The Chrysalids (Paperback)

Author: Wyndham, John

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Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9781590172926
SKU 208012075
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1590172922
Release Date 11/18/2008
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 5L x 0.5T
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John Wyndham
After failed careers as a lawyer and a farmer, John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris began writing stories under many different pseudonyms, most of which were re-combinations of his given name. Starting in 1925, he predominantly wrote stories for pulp magazines in a variety of genres, including science fiction and detective. He allowed many of them to be rewritten by other authors, and the resulting combinations were then often published under alternate titles. This led to a very complicated bibliography, however it is generally agreed that these stories were, at best, not very good, and as a result are rarely discussed in detail when mentioning his work. Then came World War II. For eight years, from 1941 to 1949, while he was in both the civil service and the Army, he didn't publish anything. When he appeared in print again, two important changes had occurred: first, he called himself John Wyndham almost exclusively, and second, his books were really good--many of them still appear on English school syllabuses. Beginning with DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS (1951), Wyndham wrote spectacular tales that John Clute, in the ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE FICTION, calls "an eloquent post-trauma middle class UK response to the theme of disaster." Further novels, THE KRAKEN WAKES (1953), RE-BIRTH (1955), THE MIDWICH CUCKOOS (1957), and THE TROUBLE WITH LICHEN (1959), continued this theme. While Wyndham was never tremendously successful in the United States, both DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS and THE MIDWICH CUCKOOS have been filmed, the latter at least three times. In 1963, he was married to Grace Wilson. After several more novels, including CHOCKY (1968), he died in 1969.
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Annotation A man finds that some abilities are more dangerous than others in this novel of genetic tampering and biological alterations.
Editors Note The Chyrsalids is set in the future after a devastating global nuclear war. David, the young hero of the novel, lives in a tight-knit community of religious and genetic fundamentalists, always on the alert for any deviation from the norm of God's creation. Abnormal plants are publicly burned, with much singing of hymns. Abnormal humans (who are not really human) are also condemned to destruction-unless they succeed in fleeing to the Fringes, that Wild Country where, as the authorities say, nothing is reliable and the devil does his work. David grows up ringed by admonitions: KEEP PURE THE STOCK OF THE LORD; WATCH THOU FOR THE MUTANT.At first he does not question. Then, however, he realizes that the he too is out of the ordinary, in possession of a power that could doom him to death or introduce h im to a new, hitherto unimagined world of freedom.The Chrysalids is a perfectly conceived and constructed work form the classic era o science fiction, a Voltairean philosophical tale that has as much resonance in our own day, when religious and scientific dogmatism are both on the march, as when it was written during the cold war.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0199
Publisher New York Review of Books

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