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The Midwich Cuckoos Mass Market Paperback – May 12, 1976
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"Clyde gives an excellent performance" Sue Baker, Publishing News"Jeremy Clyde's reading cannot be faulted. His characterisations are subtle and he brings considerable drama to the unfolding narrative. --audiobooksreview.co.uk --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
About the Author
John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Benyon Harris was born in 1903, the son of a barrister. He tried a number of careers including farming, law, commercial art and advertising, and started writing short stories, intended for sale, in 1925. From 1930 to 1939 he wrote short stories of various kinds under different names, almost exclusively for American publications, while also writing detective novels. During the war he was in the Civil Service and then the Army. In 1946 he went back to writing stories for publication in the USA and decided to try a modified form of science fiction, a form he called 'logical fantasy'. As John Wyndham he wrote The Day of the Triffids, The Kraken Wakes, The Chrysalids, The Midwich Cuckoos (filmed as Village of the Damned), The Seeds of Time, Trouble with Lichen, The Outward Urge, Consider Her Ways and Others, Web and Chocky. John Wyndham died in March 1969. --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
Top Customer Reviews
This is a classic tale of an unthinkable form of asymmetric warfare where an alien enemy exploits the baseline human instinct of nurture as the fulcrum upon which they place the lever of their one military advantage: the telepathic collective intelligence of an army of children.
Those who enjoy the horror genre of science fiction will be somewhat disappointed as is reflected by several other reviewers. John Wyndham is not Stephan King so those looking for a skin-crawling, pulse pounding scare will not find it in the pages of Cuckoos. Those who like a more subtle and cerebral read will find this work both disquieting and thought provoking. I would classify this as more of a psychological drama than a sci-fi horror thriller.
"The Midwich Cuckoos" is a metaphorical title for a book about collective intelligence. The alien children born in the village are identical. Golden eyed, unemotional, endowed with mental powers and superior intelligence. Over the years the Children become a bigger problem. They commit a murder and contol the minds of others. They are cold, ruthless and calculating.
This book has been described as disturbing. When it was first published the idea of children committing murderer was probably quite shocking. These days it seems normal. This is an interesting book but I prefer the apocalyptic scenarios in "The Day of the Triffids" and "The Chrysalids".
"The Midwich Cuckoos" begins with Richard and Janet Gayford, who have spent the night of September 26 in London, returning home to the sleepy little village of Midwich the following day. Then, in ways that are difficult to pin down, the village seems changed. We soon realize that they, as were the main characters in the "The Day of the Triffids," were luckily spared due simply to chance. Here, most women regardless of age or marital status have become pregnant virtually over night. As the children rapidly grow, so too does their intellect and strange abilities or powers.
While Wyndham's writing is best classified as fantasy or science fiction, his themes embody so much more. Although the language is dated a bit and certainly "English" vocabulary rather than American, the power behind the story is strong. Still, "The Midwich Cuckoos" is a relatively easy read. While admittedly not quite as good as perhaps "The Day of the Triffids" or "The Chrysalids," plot and theme wise there is a lot more going on rather than just Sci Fi! If you enjoy Science Fiction and have never read Wyndham, you are missing a significant author and some excellent books. I strongly recommend "The Midwich Cuckoos" and his writings to you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I always enjoy his work the pace is deceptive and the story telling uncommon.