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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Book Review for The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham

ISBN: 0 14 00 1440 3
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Website: www.penguin.co.uk
Copyright © The Estate of John Wyndham 1957
220 Pages, Paperback

This science fiction story takes place in a quiet, sleepy, very English village. For 24 hours the village is isolated, no one can enter if they try they immediately become unconscious. After 24 hours everything returns to normal… for a while at least. That period is referred to as the “Dayout”. Life continues as normal until the women, all the women, discover they have a condition that for most of them is incomprehensible.

The story moves along quite gently, much at the pace of Midwich itself I would imagine, with much debate and philosophising on evolution, invasion, survival and general differences between male and female opinion and emotion. But inexorably the pace increases as the situation becomes intolerable. Leading finally to a shocking but inevitable conclusion.

This is one of my favourite Wyndham novels.

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My name is Jac, Jacquie, Jacquelynn, TheBookImp or just Imp. I live in the UK. I love to read as is probably obvious. I also like to write. Anything else you would like to know just ask.

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