The Chrysalids

by JOHN WYNDHAM | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0786700416 Global Overview for this book
Registered by jmg49 of Woodstock, Ontario Canada on 3/7/2003
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10 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by jmg49 from Woodstock, Ontario Canada on Friday, March 7, 2003
I read this in high school. This is the book that really sparked an interest in Science-Fiction for me. It was part of my Grade 10 English curriculum. Up to that point I had considered English boring. I hated "A Tale Of Two Cities" which had been rammed down our throats in the first half of the year.
Having reread it after all these years, I realize The Chrysalids is Science Fiction on a small scale and a great story that that depicts the irrational fears brought on by ignorance and the prejudices which inevitably follow.
This is in my opinion an excellent book.

The terrifying story of a world paralyzed by genetic mutation. In a community where deviations are rooted out as abominations, David's ability to communicate by "thought shapes" is a dangerous secret. When his ability is discovered, the results are horrific.

Journal Entry 2 by jmg49 from Woodstock, Ontario Canada on Thursday, September 4, 2003
I have started a bookray for "The Chrysalids".
So far these bookcrossers have joined:

mellion108 Waterford, Michigan USA
kymberlie Houston Texas USA
Sossap Lisboa Lisboa Portugal
theant Stockport, Greater Manchester United Kingdom
MarianFrench Buxton, England United Kingdom
Semioticghost London, England United Kingdom
bilbi Chambery, Savoie France

dangerouswoman3 Porto, Porto Portugal
Carax Barcelona, Catalunya Spain
drmagpie York, North Yorkshire United Kingdom
Leanne345 Liverpool, Merseyside United Kingdom
Ench Hamburg, Hamburg Germany
Tuz Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais Brazil
Davitraka Miami, Florida USA
spark San Francisco, California USA
pumpkyn Huntington Beach, California USA
arugh48187 Apple Valley, Minnesota USA
MaryZee Taneytown, Maryland USA
Kernow8 Fairfax, Virginia USA
Lorelei03 Flushing, New York USA
vicki9170 Tampa, Florida USA
fushmush Sydney, New South Wales Australia
starbytes Kuala Lumpur, Selangor Malaysia

Above is the current order of the bookray. It is still open to new members.
Before each person is ready to send the book on, he or she should send the next person on the list a pm asking for their address.

Journal Entry 3 by jmg49 from Woodstock, Ontario Canada on Monday, September 8, 2003
I'll mail this to mellion108 on Thursday.

Journal Entry 4 by jmg49 from Woodstock, Ontario Canada on Friday, September 12, 2003
I mailed this yesterday morning.

Journal Entry 5 by mellion108 from Waterford, Michigan USA on Saturday, September 20, 2003
Wow! This proves my theory correct: bookrays and rings travel in herds. Three of them stampeded into my house today! I can't wait to read this one and should be able to start reading it in the next couple of days.

Thanks for making this one available, jmg49!

Journal Entry 6 by mellion108 from Waterford, Michigan USA on Wednesday, September 24, 2003
At 200 pages, this story packs quite the punch. I have always loved Wyndham's writing, and The Chrysalids is no exception. I'm so glad to be able to read it now. :) This is the type of science fiction I enjoy: It tells a story without being bogged down with technical details. I loved the characters, and the writing is first-rate.

This one goes out to kymberlie no later than 09/26/03.

I was on the edge of my seat just waiting for the other shoe to drop with David and the others who can communicate through thought shapes. I really liked the passage from the Fringes man who was talking to David when he said of the people of Waknuk:

...As they reckon it, they, and only they, are in the true image; very well, then it follows that if the image is true, they themselves must be God: and, being God, they reckon themselves entitled to decree, "thus far, and no farther." That is their great sin: they try to strangle the life out of Life.

Of course, it turns out that nearly every group of people in this novel considers some other group beneath them. This is a really good tale of differences, tolerance, acceptance, and good 'ole human nature--does there always have to be a pecking order?

Anyway, I really enjoyed this. Now I'm looking around to find my other Wyndham novels for re-reads! Thanks jmg49!

Journal Entry 7 by kymberlie from Spring, Texas USA on Sunday, October 5, 2003
Received this at some point while I was in the hospital. Going to read this as soon as I can so I can send it on to the next person.

Journal Entry 8 by kymberlie from Spring, Texas USA on Monday, October 20, 2003
I completely devoured this book, enjoying every minute of it. Despite that it was written almost fifty years ago, the language and people of the book were as fresh as if their stories had just been conceived.

I wish that Wyndham would have written a sequel to this book so that I could see how everyone’s lives played out and if information about The Tribulation was ever discovered (my money’s on nuclear war).

Great book and at just 200 pages, a perfect, quick read. Recommended for all, especially sci-fi fans.

Journal Entry 9 by kymberlie from Spring, Texas USA on Monday, October 27, 2003
Mailed today to Sossap. Hope you enjoy it!

Journal Entry 10 by Sossap on Wednesday, November 5, 2003
Arrive today. To a Sci-Fi reader and fan for ages, this is on of those days long passed under the Sun, daydream and restless...

Journal Entry 11 by theant from Stockport, Cheshire United Kingdom on Friday, March 19, 2004
i just recieved the book this morning... it was in a bookcrossing envolope and everything! im off ill with the flu today so i might have a chance to read it in fact ive started it and im enjoying it a lot so far.

Journal Entry 12 by MarianFrench from Buxton, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, April 7, 2004
Book arrived safe and sound. Will lournal again when I have read


Journal Entry 13 by MarianFrench from Buxton, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Friday, April 16, 2004
Excellent. I haven't read any John Wyndham since my early teens when I was read every one that I could get my hands on. I enjoyed the book as much now as then, with the added twist of a bit of maturity (??) to realise that with all the "tinkering with nature" that Man is responsible for today this may not be such a far fetched story after all. The book will be off the Semioticghost asap.

Journal Entry 14 by Semioticghost from Ipswich, Suffolk United Kingdom on Sunday, April 25, 2004
Arrived this weekend. I'm looking forward to it, especailly since 'The Triffids' is responsible for kindly my interest in sci fi when I was a kid. PMing Leanne for her address now.

Journal Entry 15 by Semioticghost from Ipswich, Suffolk United Kingdom on Friday, May 7, 2004
I really enjoyed this. It's a very topical sci-fi novel, current right now with issues of genetic mutation, minority discrimination and warring factions the world over - in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is stoned to death ...

Posted off to Bilbi today, because I didn;t get a response to my PM from Leanne345 or Ench. Couold you, jmg49, please put them later on the ring before it leaves Europe? Thye might just be on holiday or temporarily out of touch. Thanks, and thanks again for sharing this book.

Journal Entry 16 by bilbi from Chambéry, Rhône-Alpes France on Wednesday, May 12, 2004
I've just received this book. I'll read it ASAP. Thank you for the 'ray.

Journal Entry 17 by bilbi from Chambéry, Rhône-Alpes France on Thursday, July 29, 2004
I was quite mad at all this "deviation theory" that doomed people to death because there are slighlty different. I feel like telling you about a couple of things. As a left-handed schoolgirl in the 40's/50's, my mother was taught to write with the right hand with her left one tied behind her back ! As for me, I live in a town where there's an asylum. As a child, I used to come across patients that were allowed to go out. Now I'm a librarian and I am shocked by some of my colleagues that are afraid of people coming to the library and who look different. My colleagues generally become blind and do as if they didn't see them. I'm not afraid of them. Why should I treat them differently ? Once there was a guy who was deaf and who could not express himself very well. One of my colleagues was relieved to let me talk with him.
Apart from that, I enjoyed the book very much. There's a French book "la nuit des enfants rois" by Bernard Lentéric in which children are the main characters too, it's a thrilling story too.
And finally sorry for the delay. - I think this is the longest journal entry I ever made ;-)

Journal Entry 18 by Dangerouswoman from Matosinhos, Porto Portugal on Tuesday, August 10, 2004
Arrived today!

Journal Entry 19 by Dangerouswoman from Matosinhos, Porto Portugal on Thursday, September 30, 2004
A very interessant book.I like very much.

Journal Entry 20 by Dangerouswoman at on Thursday, September 30, 2004

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Journal Entry 21 by Carax from Barcelona, Barcelona Spain on Monday, October 18, 2004
Received and already reading

Thanks to jmg, dangerouswoman and all the rest!

Journal Entry 22 by Carax from Barcelona, Barcelona Spain on Friday, October 22, 2004
Good book indeed, but not the kind of S-F that I prefer. Anyway, the story is very good and I enjoyed a lot reading it!

I'm trying to get in touch with the next in the list, but they doesn't reply. Do I skip they and PM the next one? I'll wait a week.

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