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FREE READ Ú 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

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FREE READ Ú The Chrysalids 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 Imagine a world where a little deviation from the norm in physical appearance means burning and banishment because you are far from what God created Why there are imperfections when we know perfect exists God creates perfect humans plants and animals so no deviations have the right to live in the world They re the work of Devil A world where people have to give away their loved ones because God has not made them perfect These deviations or imperfections are known as offenses and blasphemies Plants animals fell in to first category while the humans found themselves in the latter David is born into this world with the power of telepathy No one is able to detect this and thus he managed to survive in this cruel world First he was happy that his mutation did not affect his appearance but as he grew he understood the repercussion of getting caught Then things took a turn for worse and he along with two others embarks on journey to the distant land It is easy to imagine how this apoplectic setting could have created controversies at the time of its release because after all only a decade earlier the world had suffered World War II and the horrors were still fresh But what appalled me most is that even after five decades nothing has changed and people are still trying to overpower each other still committing heinous crime against each other in the name of religion and superiority Definitely one of the better Dystopia that I have read Highly recommended

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FREE READ Ú The Chrysalids 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 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 wilderness vast tracts of land covered in what looks like black glass and the Badlands beyond the Fringes absorbs most of the world Pockets of civilisation such as it is survive with their own form of understanding the past Genetic mutations of plants animals and people continue and everyone has their own idea of what the true form should be and focus their energies on zealously destroying the Deviations Davie lives in Labrador at least that s what they think the Old People called it and at birth passed inspection The Bible and a book written after the Tribulation the Repentances clearly outline what the True Form should be and that Mutants are an abomination to God and Man Even at a young age when none of this is really understood though he instinctively keeps his ability to think speak with several other children in the area including his half cousin Rosalind a secret It is only as he grows older especially after he loses his friend and playmate Sophie whose parents have done all they can to hide the six toes on each of her feet that he really begins to understand the dangers of being a Deviant This book is beautifully subtly skilfully written For that alone it is worth reading Characters are rarely described yet vividly portrayed through their words their speech patterns their reactions The feeling of suspense and danger overshadows a Little House on the Prairie kind of lifestyle and the small minded bigotry comes across clearly in the small details as much as in the story itself What is even fascinating though is the world Wyndham has created here and the philosophies grounded in it That everyone has their own ideas of what is right that Davie s people are studiously trying to recapture the Old People s way of life without understanding the significance of that way of life being visited by climatic and genetic destruction speaks loud and clear Davie is taught that mankind that was us in civilised parts was in the process of climbing back into grace we were following a faint and difficult trail which led up to the peaks from which we had fallen From the true trail branched many false trails that sometimes looked easier and attractive all these really led to the edges of precipices beneath which lay the abyss of eternity There was only one true trail and by following it we should with God s help and in His own good time regain all that had been lost But so faint was the trail so set with traps and deceits that every step must be taken with caution and it was too dangerous for a man to rely on his own judgement Only the authorities ecclesiastical and lay were in a position to judge whether the next step was a rediscovery and so safe to take or whether it deviated from the true re ascent and so was sinful p40 Davie himself begins to uestion this wisdom after hearing from his Uncle an ex sailor that other societies in other parts of the world have a different understanding of the True Form he also feels scared and troubled by his Aunt s baby who because of a tiny blemish will be taken away and never spoken of again while his Aunt will be expected to do penance and pray not to have a mutant baby again or will even be replaced de certified and cast off it s always the woman s fault isn t it Another interesting and damning perspective comes from one of these other societies called Zealand one that has advanced and re built and where think speaking is treasured and encouraged a utopia in fact for Davie and his friends we can make a better world than the Old People They were only ingenious half humans little better than savages all living shut off from one another with only clumsy words to link them Often they were shut off still by different languages and different beliefs Some of them could think individually but they had to remain individuals Emotions they could sometimes share but they could not think collectively When their conditions were primitive they could get along all right as the animals can but the complex they made their world the less capable they were of dealing with it They had no means of consensus They learnt to co operate constructively in small units but only destructively in large units They aspired greedily and then refused to face the responsibilities they had created They created vast problems then buried their heads in the sands of idle faith There was you see no real communication no understanding between them They could at their best be near sublime animals but not p156 Aside from the disparaging remark about animals whom I tend to respect than I do humans as a species this is such a damning view of us Old People yet so spot on Even written in the 50s it s clear that we as people and societies and other groups are not learning Most post apocalyptic fiction that I ve read anyway is entirely plausible though Day of the Triffids is a bit odd in that respect it s easy enough to follow the path we are on all the paths to their worst conclusion What the people of Zealand are really saying is that communication leads to understanding leads to co operation and can avert catastrophe Despite the religious overtones and the philosophising this is not a lecturing book it does not try to tell you what to think or judge you As the blurb says it is A terrifying story of conformity and deformity in a world paralysed by genetic mutation and in true fantasysci fi form every reader will take something different from it or nothing at all I personally was thoroughly engrossed in this classic and find it broadens and strengthens my understanding of the dangers of taking things too literally in strict interpretations Freedom of thought and debate is one of our greatest strengths as a species and without it we wallow stuck on the same path repeating the same mistakes again and again blinded by our own arrogance and lack of imagination

  • Paperback
  • 191
  • The Chrysalids
  • John Wyndham
  • Portuguese
  • 19 April 2019
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