The Chrysalids (Paperback)John Wyndham (author)
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Wyndham’s richly envisioned dystopia is an intensely human story, trading in nuanced body horror and hysterical fear of the ‘other’. In a post-apocalyptic landscape rife with superstition, mutation is regarded as blasphemy and anybody physically ‘abnormal’ relentlessly persecuted. A poignant story of acceptance which finds room for hope and devotion despite its world’s manifold terrors.
'WATCH THOU FOR THE MUTANT!'
It is many years since God sent the Tribulation to punish the forebears for their sins, and in the rural settlement of Waknuk David Strorm's father decries any and all blasphemies against nature. Little does he realise that David and his cousin Rosalind, have their own secret aberration which would label them as mutants. But as they grow older it becomes more 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 Badlands. . .
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 125 g
Dimensions: 181 x 111 x 14 mm
'Perfect timing, astringent humour . . . One of the few authors whose compulsive readability is a compliment to the intelligence.' - Spectator
'Remains fresh and disturbing in an entirely unexpected way.' - Guardian
'An outstanding success.' - New York Times