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The Chrysalids - John Wyndham
The Chrysalids
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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,... show more
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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Format: mass market paperback
ISBN: 9780140013085 (0140013083)
Publisher: Penguin
Pages no: 200
Edition language: English
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5.0 The Chrysalids
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 t...
Musings of a Bibliophile
Musings of a Bibliophile rated it
4.0 The Chrysalids
I can't review this without going "off-topic", therefore I can't review this at all, apparantly.
susanw610
susanw610 rated it
In a post-apocalyptic world where anyone who deviates from the norm receives a death sentence. One young man is a deviant but not in the conventional sense. A great, great story that makes you think and finding the similarities in what you have read to today’s society. Any book that stays with you ...
Julian Meynell's Books
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3.0 The Chrysalids
An interesting book. I can't quite figure out if it is really a four star book or a three star book. It is sort of a post-apocalyptic novel but the novel is set about two thousand years after the apocalypse and is not that concerned with the apocalypse.The first part of the book is really about opp...
Ironic Contradictions
Ironic Contradictions rated it
Having recently read John Wyndham's famous novel The Day of the Triffids, which is known more 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 ...
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