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E of Angus Morton's unusually large horses calling them blasphemies against nature Little does he realize that his own son his niece Rosalind and their friends have their own secret aberration which would label them a. On one level The Chrysalids is the story of a rustic farming community struggling to survive many years following massive global nuclear destruction These people hold up two sacred texts as absolute truth the Bible from the time of the Old People and Nicholson s Repentances containing core admonitions KEEP PURE THE STOCK OF THE LORD WATCH THOU FOR THE MUTANT THE DEVIL IS THE FATHER OF DEVIATIONThe tale is told by protagonist David Strorm On the novel s first page we listen in as David a lad of ten muses on his dream of a city with tall buildings lining streets along a waterfront with boats in a harbor all very strange since David admits he has never seen anything resembling such a city in his waking lifeBut David comes to realize talking of dreams might have dire conseuences since his village of Waknuk judges any eccentricity any departure from the one true proscribed way to be and act in this world as a defiance to God demanding the harshest punishment banishment to the deadly wild fringes outside the village or being put to death usually a protracted agonizing death in public to serve as a warning for all to maintain the normOh yes Waknuk goes to great lengths to maintain the norm KEEP PURE THE STOCK OF THE LORD David s father a village leader along with officials and the inspector overseeing farming districts will pronounce death to babies having the slightest Deviation author s caps for emphasis abnormalities and deviations being mostly the long term aftereffects of nuclear fallout things like six toes or too long arms or a hairless head Similarly with animals and even crops any Deviation from the proscribed form and the animal will be put to death or the crops burnedIf the authorities will ruthlessly destroy such outward Deviations David can imagine what would happen if village leaders discovered he and several of his friends posses a particularly powerful Deviation they are telepathic capable of sharing mental images and speaking with one another internally mind to mind And David s younger sister Petra is born with super mind blowing telepathic powers able to communicate with other telepaths halfway across the globe Holy DeviationUnfortunately the villagers get wind of the strange abilities of David and the others Ah Their small group must escape the clutches of all those intolerant fundamentalist village bigots journey miles beyond to lands unknown to encounter new worlds Thus on a second level we have an exciting young adult adventure one reuiring stamina endurance courage and resourcefulness Do you know a twelve year old or teenage booklover If so The Chrysalids would make the perfect giftThe ultimate fate of the adventurous band is for each reader to discover on their own And since John Wyndham saves the most shocking revelations for the end of his tale I dare not say too much Rather I ll take a uick shift to sketch a number of hypothetical situations to mull over Hint all three Cases are riddled with bad thinking and logical fallacies Case One Outer space aliens land They were able to travel across the universe and reach us since they are not bound by our three dimensions Nope no primitive limitations for these advanced beings who have the ability to easily and uickly pop in and out of the fourth dimension And when they are in the fourth dimension they become invisible to us mere Earthlings Anyhow they tell us their population is over 500 million strong and say they need our food in order to survive Therefore recognizing life is survival of the fittest and they are obviously of a higher species on all counts of logic and ethics the proper solution instantly follows death to all Earthlings Case Two We re in the future and the United States needs to immediately take over all Middle Eastern oil fields It s a matter of life and death Via military superiority such a takeover can be effected next week no problem Again survival of the fittest reuires this action Case Three Same dynamics as Case Two only this time we re talking the forests of the The West needs the forests for economic development so sorry too bad for the tribespeople We re well to keep these three case studies in mind as we read The Chrysalids a philosophic tale that still speaks to us today And the NYRB edition is the one to go with since it includes an insightful introductory essay by Christopher Priest British SF author John Wyndham 1903 1969 I shall pray to God to send charity to this hideous world and sympathy for the weak and love for the unhappy and unfortunate I shall ask Him if is indeed His will that a child should suffer and its soul be damned for a little blemish on the body And I shall pray Him too that the hearts of the self righteous may be broken John Wyndham The Chrysalids

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The Chrysalids

S mutants But as David and Rosalind grow older it becomes difficult to conceal their differences from the village elders Soon they face a choice wait for eventual discovery or flee to the terrifying and mutable Badlan. 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 mutantAs 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 younger sister so when danger threatens he takes them away to find a home on the Fringes Lots of interesting scenarios and overall a really good story I did feel the end was a little too wrapped up for my liking but still well worth a read3 12 rounded up to 4

John Wyndham á 5 review

First published in 1955 The Chrysalids is a post nuclear story of genetic mutation in a devastated world which tells of the lengths the intolerant will go to to keep themselves pureDavid Strorm's father doesn't approv. What if you live in a post apocalyptic world where radiation is causing genetic mutations in plants and animalsand humans What if such mutations are looked upon as being impure and destroyed or in the case of humans sterilised and cast out of society What if your mutation cannot be seen with the naked eye In The Chrysalids John Wyndham has woven a tale about what could happen in such a dystopian world The intolerances rising from fear the sad plight of the outcasts and the desperate flight of those who would be found out And yet from an unbelievable source there is hopeA wonderful book I was forced to read in school yet I have just re read it again as an adult and taken so much from it now than I ever did as a kid And yet it stayed with me all those yearsHighly Recommended


10 thoughts on “The Chrysalids

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    Imagine a wo

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    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 suff

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    What if you live in a post apocalyptic world where radiation is causing genetic mutations in plants and animalsand humans? What if such mutations are looked upon as being impure and destroyed or in the case of humans sterilised and cast out of society? What if your mutation cannot be seen with the naked eye? In The Chrysalids John Wyndham has woven a tale about what could happen in such a dystopian world The intoleranc

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    READ IN 2020So I had no intention of re reading this book whatsoever so why did I ? Well in September I managed to acuire a 1959 paperback edition of this book from a charity shop and it had sat on my bedside tabl

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    On one level The Chrysalids is the story of a rustic farming community struggling to survive many years following massive global nuclear destruction These people hold up two sacred texts as absolute truth the Bible from the time of th

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    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

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    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

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    The Chrysalids is my new favorit

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    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

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    John Wyndham has firmly managed to cement himself as a new favourite author for me after reading this as my second book by