The Midwich Cuckoos



The Midwich CuckoosIn The Sleepy English Village Of Midwich, A Mysterious Silver Object Appears And All The Inhabitants Fall Unconscious A Day Later The Object Is Gone And Everyone Awakens Unharmed Except That All The Women In The Village Are Discovered To Be Pregnant.

John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris was the son of a barrister After trying a number of careers, including farming, law, commercial art and advertising, he started writing short stories in 1925 After serving in the civil Service and the Army during the war, he went back to writing Adopting the name John Wyndham, he started writing a form of science fiction that he called logical fantasy.

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  • Hardcover
  • 240 pages
  • The Midwich Cuckoos
  • John Wyndham
  • English
  • 10 November 2018

10 thoughts on “The Midwich Cuckoos

  1. Bionic Jean says:

    I can t remember when I first read The Midwich Cuckoos, but it was certainly within 30 years of the end of World War II Now, almost 40 years later, the postwartime feel is even present in this short novel, despite the book itself being published in 1957 The way the army moves in immediately, the jeeps on the road, meetings between people who clearly think of themselves as the elders of the village, the consequent emphasis on protecting ordinary people, the Grange with its important secret work, all these contribute to a work redolent with the stiff upper lip feeling of post war British fiction.Although this novel is class ridden, and the women s roles are very much of their time, it is told with a wry humour which I had forgotten in the aftermath of all the adaptations The first of these goes by the name of Village of the Damned , from 1960, and was followed shortly by a sequel Children of the Damned John Carpenter then remade Village of the Damned .in 1995 All the...

  2. Lisa says:

    What a strange story An easy read, at first glance, with dated language and characters But there is to it than meets the eye.I absolutely loved the opening sentence One of the luckiest accidents in my wife s life is that she happened to marry a man who was born on the 26th of September It is such a great homage to chance, which played a major role in the main characters lives in The Day of the Triffids as well One of the characters happened to be spared blindness, but only by accident, and thus was able to take a leading role in the ensuing action In Midwich, the ordeal is of a different kind From the start, it is quite clear that the main protagonist of the novel is the village itself the collective of Midwich, proudly present in almost all chapter headings And it is caught in a fairy tale style beauty sleep in the beginning, thus displaying its innocence, or, as one might feel tempted to say virginity Midwich was, almost notoriously, a place where things did not happen However, after an incident, soon to be called the Dayout, when all inhabitants are put out of action, the village is shocked to find out that all women except for the one who had left town to celebrate her husband s birthday are pregnant.This marks the start of the story, showing in a sympathetic way how Midwich copes with the problem As it is a science fiction novel, the reader expects the cuckoos to have super powers and a secret a...

  3. Cecily says:

    Sci fi, horror, dystopian A bit of all of them.This is a straightforward and somewhat leisurely story that touches on very deep and difficult themes, mostly indirectly, but explicitly in the last quarter.Typical English IdyllMidwich is a sleepy English village in the late 1950s One day, everyone in the village blacks out They awake, apparently unharmed, only to discover that all the fertile women are pregnant but the children they give birth to are not like other human children, and turn out to have extraordinary and disturbing powers.It starts off by establishing the uneventful normality of the village With dawning awareness of what has happened, most people indulge in denial and eventually a degree of acceptance The abnormal becomes normal, and things get stranger still.WomenThe big flaw of this book is its neglect of female characters, especially given that it is the women who are violated in such a profound way More understandable is the overprotective attitudes of some of the men, exercising benign censorship , especially for the less educated women That may not be acceptable now, but surely typical of the period It also oddly omits almost all mention of olde...

  4. Sid says:

    One day vanishes off the calendars of a peaceful village of Midwich When everyone goes to sleep for an entire day and wakes up to find all the women of the village to be pregnant The children when born are all identical physically with golden eyes and sharing only two consciousness one shared by all the females and the other by all the males Apart from that, they are not normal children They are children with a capital C, having super psychic powers and such reasonable arguments to make as are unable to grasp by any normal person living on the planet The people of the village are terrified shit and manage to control the situation somehow but still are unable to prevent the inevitable I am glad I read it as a classic because no matter how strongly it failed to terrify me out of my wits, this book does shower light philosophically on the condition of humans And also tells that how much a need is there for man to be politically correct even in the rightest of situations Well well, I li...

  5. Carmen says:

    The dawn of the 27th was an affair of slatternly rags soaking in a dishwater sky, with a gray light weakly filtering through Nevertheless, in Oppley and in Stouch cocks crowed and other birds welcomed it melodiously In Midwich, however, no birds sang.In Oppley and Stouch, too, as in other places, hands were soon reaching out to silence alarm clocks, but in Midwich the clocks rattled on till they ran down.In other villages sleepy eyed men left their cottages and encountered their workmates with sleepy good mornings in Midwich no one encountered anyone.For Midwich lay entranced.While the rest of the world began to fill the day with clamor, Midwich slept on Its men and women, its horses, cows and sheep its pigs, its poultry, its larks, moles and mice all lay still There was a pocket of silence in Midwich, only broken by the whispering of the leaves, the chiming of the church clock, and the gurgle of the Opple as it slid over the weir beside the mill.The Midwich Cuckoos, or The Village of the Damned was written in 1957 by Wyndham, the same man who wrote The Day of the Triffids.In this book, the small, sleepy English town of Midwich falls asleep by force one night When the people awaken, nothing seems amiss except for a huge depression in the ground where perhaps an alien craft once stood.The people try to forget what happe...

  6. Jaidee says:

    2.5 started solid ended rather tediously stars This is my 2018 Halloween read and I chose it off an internet list of this century s best horror novels This is also the book that the films Village of the Damned is based on One was 1960 and the other was 1995 I have yet to see either.Here is a trailer of the 1995 filmhttps www.youtube.com watch v 0WzcWWorth seeing just to see the little girls wigs This book seemed sci fi than horror to me and is about a night where all the village women in a small community become pregnant after a night of deep sleep and the discovery that a flying ship had landed close to a laboratory The women are merely hosts and 31 or so children are born and look identical with luminous yellow eyes As they grow they develop physically and intellectually very rapidly and seem to share one consciousness.I will stop there as ominous things begin to happen to the village folk The first three quar...

  7. Apatt says:

    John Wyndham s books are often described, labeled or tagged as cozy catastrophe, I am not sure what that means as the two books I have read so far of his are rather unsettling My guess is the Englishness of his prose style and the politeness of his characters As something of an anglophile I very much appreciate this style of writing, it is very comforting and old school, especially with a nice cuppa tea in my hand The only serious problem with this book is that the plot is so well known It was filmed a couple of times as Village of the Damned, adapted for radio plays and is required reading in many schools If you really really have no idea what this book is about here is my ridiculously simplified synopsis The women in an English village are implanted with alien babies while the entire village is put to sleep for a few days The babies grow into hive mind children with mental powers.Another great Mark Salwowski cover.These days the hive mind idea is old hat to sci fi fans, with Star Trek TNG s The Borg, and Doctor Who s Cybermen being the most famous examples as far as I know In sf literature beside The Midwich Cuckoos Theodore Sturgeon s classic More Than Human is probably the best known The main difference is that the Sturgeon s book concerns a small group of homo gestalt people who operate as one being but are also non homogeneous individuals In ...

  8. Simon says:

    As I read this book, it began to strike me how Wyndham s world view contrasted with that of Tolkien s Whereas Tolkien harked back to a pre industrial time of innocence wishing we might get back closer to nature, Wyndham reminds us that we only invented civilisation as a way of distancing ourselves from the harshness and brutality of nature There is nothing cosy and secure about mother nature....

  9. Michael says:

    This short book on a surreptitious alien invasion continues to resonate in my imagination weeks after reading it The pleasure of the read for me was in the quiet unfolding of events pieced together by a neutral, largely uninvolved narrator As with Hitchcock movies, the truly disturbing events are either off camera or seen in a reflection of someone s experience I think its anti cinematic tone of a radio play may be why the book was considered enough of an innovation in the form of the novel to warrant inclusion on the Boxhall list of 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die The book blurb gives away the overall plot All residents of an already sleepy suburb in England are put to sleep within a mysterious circle of influence and later wake up unharmed, but soon they learn that all women are pregnant The slow dawning on ordinary people that something fiendish is going on was nicely done As in E.T the military try to get involved, but it s up to regular middle class folk to deal with the obscure threat within...

  10. Adrian says:

    Now I have read this book I did try and add the link but it wouldn t work, hey ho a number of times and it is one of my faves This however was not someone reading or narrating the book, now I did know that, but it was another listen whilst garden audiobook So the book is a 5 star read, no doubt about that This was a BBC dramatisation of an abridged versi...

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