“… the more 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, and then buried their heads in the sands of idle faith.”
― John Wyndham, The Chrysalids
I had initially intended to post on something else entirely but I was scrolling through instagram this morning and saw Anna @anansible‘s post on the Wyndham readalong hosted by Jessica @jeshisbooknook and felt inspired to join in on this one. I have an enduring fondness for Wyndham and his sci-fi dystopias. I first read Wyndham at an early impressionable age and have loved his books ever since. They remain surprisingly pertinent even today.
Without question The Chrysalids is my favourite, a dystopian post apocalyptic tale of the future that can be seen to clearly have influenced writers like Margaret Atwood. I have a great fondness for that outrageous cover to The Chrysalids seen above. That image bears absolutely no resemblance to the story and the content of the novel whatsoever and yet I love it for it’s sheer eccentricity, it is a book I will never part with and it will always have a home on my shelves. That cover could be in the running for most misleading book cover ever and yet it is so bad it is good. Looks like I will be re-reading it in 2021.
I discovered John Wyndham about the same time I discovered Doctor Who and I have had an enduring love for Wyndham and Doctor Who ever since.
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