David lies in fear of discovery, for he is a part of a secret group of children who are able to communicate with each other by transferring thought-shapes into each other's minds. As they grow older they feel increasingly isolated. Then one of them marries a 'norm' - with terrifying consequences.
©1955 John Wyndham; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
I first read this book in 1970 - required reading in high school - the only one I ever really liked and never forgot it. Very thought provoking. Such a joy to have it read to me now.
But the ending has me wanting more - how do Michael and Rachael get to Zealand?? or are they left behind?
It is an interesting and enjoyable listen/read. It takes on the idea of evolution and religion, in a fictional setting. Not only does it entertain, it also makes the listener/reader think.
I like Sophie. There's a feeling of care I have for her from the beginning and I feel sorry for her.
He was understandable. His character voices were fitting.
Yes. I although I think I ended up doing it in 2.
I first read this when I was about 10 or 12. It has stayed with me since and I was thrilled to be able to add it to my rotating library of listening.
Why important? It taught me that I had to think for myself. It taught me that people who were "in charge" were very capable of being wrong. It taught me that different and wrong are two very different concepts. Basically it was a very big part of making me an independent thinker (I hope). If you want your kids to learn those things then get them this book to read - preferably on paper but this audio is a great second best.
The story is still relevant although there are moments when its fiftiesness shows through, although less so than with some of Wyndhams other work. It is pacy enough to be interesting and straightforward enough to capture a young mind. Wyndham is an underrated author and this is one of his best.
Robert Powell's narration is clear and well inflected.
When I was a teenager this book was my introduction to Wyndham and the Science Fiction genre. For years now it has remained a favourite and so it was with with interest that I recently revisited the story as an audio book. After all these years the premise still remains bold, even profound. As a South African brought up during the Apartheid years I'm now aware that the subject matter which focuses on physical 'difference' is still especially relevant. The story too is well paced, firstly intriguing, then later on down right exciting.
If there is a criticism, however, the finale is all a little 'safe'. Perhaps the modern audience is jaded from watching too many 'cliffhangers' at the cinema but I also feel the somewhat anticipated ending is a consequence of the author giving up on the action in order to squeeze in one more moralistic exposition. A serious flaw when the message was already obvious.
Recommened? Definitly flaws and all!
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