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- Editor: BBC Physical Audio; Edición: Unabridged edition (1 de octubre de 2011)
- Colección: BBC Audiobooks
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1445877244
- ISBN-13: 978-1445877242
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The Midwich Cuckoos (BBC Audiobooks) (Inglés) CD de audio – Audiolibro, CD, Versión íntegra
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"Exciting, unsettling and technically brilliant" (The Spectator)
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Midwich was a quiet English village where nothing ever happened. But then one night, a curious occurence resulted in the village being cut off from the outside world for a day - and the inhabitants were unable to remember anything. When all the women of child-bearing age subsequently become pregnant, it is clear that something very strange is happening. And when the babies are born - all blonde, all golden-eyed, all telepathic - the villagers become even more afraid... This chilling apocalyptic thriller was adapted as the classic 1960 science-fiction film, Village of the Damned, which starred George Sanders and Barbara Shelley.
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"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.
"The Midwich Cuckoos" is one of Wyndham's later books, and is is the source of the 1960 British SF film "Village of the Damned". While the premise is essentially the same - the inhabitants of a small village are sealed off from the outside world and rendered unconscious for a day; shortly thereafter all women of childbearing ages are found to be pregnant - the book is far more complex than the film, with an element of social criticism that the film lacks. Wyndham works out his premise in 1950s terms; still, the notion of alien invasion by panspermia is fascinating.
One caveat, however; since the tone is so detached, rational, and understated, there is not a lot of overt action. Events are reported and commented on second hand, and a lot of the novel is talk. Wyndham does this deliberately; this is a story of ideas, after all, and one needs to accept it on those terms. The book is thoughtful, disturbing, and deeply ironic, but it is not particularly exciting.
I have to admit I was disappointed. I was expecting a book with the more shocking, horrific flavor of the film. (I don't actually take the 1990's remake into consideration; it wasn't very good.) Instead I got a smattering of wonderful tension-filled scenes, but mostly long discourses on evolution, nature vs. nurture, power, fate, man's place in the universe and all sorts of other esoteric topics. One of the main characters, Mr. Zellaby, even admits he is supremely long-winded and has lots and lots of "words" to share with people. At least Wyndham acknowledged what he was doing in the novel. The man had opinion after opinion on just about everything - and lectured anyone within earshot ad infinitum...and yes, he even used Latin phrases from time to time.
This book is also very, very British. As an American, I often found myself not quite understanding some of the references or idioms. It took me a while to realize that a "bullseye" is a candy, and this is actually a rather critical part of the plot toward the end of the novel. There were numerous other examples where I either had to look up words or try to figure them out in context. It tends to pull you out of the story - and in my case it caused some of my interest to wane. Have you ever heard the word "ricks" used to describe the size of something? Like a spaceship perhaps?
Also, it's not clear completely from the book what the title means. I became aware of the unique manner in which cuckoo birds take advantage of other species' nests prior to reading the book and thought the title very clever. But Wyndman hardly elaborates on this in the book and certainly fails to make the important comparison to what is going on in this quiet English village of Midwich to this special evolutionary adaptation. Or if he did, he hid it well within one of Zellaby's lengthy discourses.
I'm glad I finally got around to reading this. I expected more action, excitement - even more mystery - than I got. But just as I marveled at the story-line in the 1960s, I sill found it unique and intriguing in the source material. I still consider John Wyndham one of my favorite classic science fiction authors and intend to one day work my way through his entire oeuvre - a word Wyndham most definitely would have put in Zellaby's vocabulary!