My Thoughts On John Wyndham’s The Chrysalids

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“I shall pray,” she said. “Yes, I shall pray.” She paused, then she went on, her voice steady and harder: “I shall pray God to send charity into this hideous world, and sympathy  for the weak, and love for the unhappy and unfortunate. I shall ask Him if it is indeed His will that a child should suffer and its soul be damned for a little blemish of the body…. And I shall pray Him, too, that the hearts of the self-righteous may be broken….”

John Wyndham’s The Chrysalids is a story of a community dedicated to eradicating any deviations to the human breed. They believe in the true image which is of any living creature in proper and acceptable proportions and appearance. Any signs of deviation is a reason to be banished for their community.

My husband recommended this to me as we were browsing a used bookstore. He said it was a good read. Being a guy who’s into manga, I was intrigued whenever he suggests non-picture books. He also suggested I read Ender’s Game before and I enjoyed that as well.

Wyndham’s world in The Chrysalids hit a nerve. I wanted to throw it across the room or even tear the pages apart in the hopes of making some it’s characters feel my frustration in the unfairness of it all. In the unfairness of something they have no control over. What I find interesting though is this: I think we are currently living in Wyndham’s The Chrysalids. I can’t help but notice all the parallels of his story to today’s society. We punish people for not being of the same race. We judge those of a different religion. We tend to disregard and make fun of those who doesn’t confirm to gender norms. What makes this worse is we don’t understand how hurtful this is. We don’t understand how hard it is for some of these people to accept who they are because they are incredibly dependent on how society would react.

Would I recommend this book? Of course I would. It’s eye-opening and as long as we have our own prejudices, Wyndham’s story will always be relevant.

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The Sunday Currently | 2

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Reading
I am currently reading two books at the same time for a change: Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll; and The Inexplicable Logic Of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. I’ve been wanting to read Through the Looking Glass for a while now so I decided to start from the beginning before going straight to it. Also, I have throughly enjoyed Sáenz’s Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe that I decided to give him another try.

Writing
More in general. I made myself an Excel blog organization sheet which caters to what I need and it has been working so far. I stopped beating myself up about not being to post regularly and it helped a lot. None of the work I need to do is scheduled, but I feel more motivated.

Listening
James Graham’s VIRAL.

Smelling
Nothing. First week of fall and I might be catching a cold.

Wishing
I am currently wishing for a healthy baby number 2. We saw her the other day during our ultrasound appointment and it’s surreal that once again I’m growing a human being.

Hoping
World Peace.

Wearing
I have this pyjama set I got last Christmas which has “Trophy Wife” written on it. It easily became only of my favourites as it has a matching set with my daughter’s which says “Trophy Child”. My husband also has a pair of boxers which says “Trophy Husband” on it.

Loving
Chocolate covered almonds.

Needing
More patience. I’m going to have two little adorable kids soon, and I need to be more patient with them and remember they don’t just come out knowing what they’re supposed to do. That’s what parents and other family members are here for: to help them grow up a good person.

Feeling
Nostalgia has hit me hard for the past few weeks. In 2 weeks, we we attended two weddings and I started reminiscing of when my husband and I got married. It wasn’t as fancy. We got married in a hotel penthouse room paid for by aunt and uncle as a wedding present surrounded by our friends and family. Since then, it’s been one of the happiest days of my life.

 

 

The Sunday Currently originally by Sidda Thornton.

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