- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Viking (Jan. 27 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0241972175
- ISBN-13: 978-0241972175
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.6 x 19.7 cm
- Shipping Weight: 118 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #368,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Consider Her Ways Paperback – Jan 27 2015
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About the Author
John Wyndham was born in 1903 in the Midlands. After leaving school, he tried his hand at several careers, including farming, law and advertising, before starting to write stories in 1925. During the war he worked as a censor in the Ministry of Information and afterwards served in the Army. The Day of The Triffids was published in 1951, and was followed by many other famous works of science fiction, including The Kraken Wakes, The Chrysalids and The Midwich Cuckoos. Wyndham died in 1969.
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This story reflects every feminists dream of having a world without men.
The women in the story are happy and proud that men were eliminated.
Just like countless women today. SAD!
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This collection represents one of the author's finest works. The title story, in particular, is unforgettable: A woman wakes up in a distant future in which men no longer exist. Women have learned to reproduce and perpetuate the human species without them -- and are not sorry they're gone, either! Men were, they explain, violent and uncontrollable. Our heroine tries to argue otherwise, but begins to have doubts herself -- and also wonders about her own sanity, given her very strange circumstances. I won't give away the conclusion, but it is a MARVELOUS tale. Also: I'm CONVINCED the film "12 Monkeys" ripped off this story without giving credit where it was due.
Wyndham also was the author of "The Midwich Cuckoos," which was filmed (twice, I believe) as "Village of the Damned," and I recommend it very highly as well.
The best story is the first one, "Consider Her Ways". Set in a future where men are extinct, female society is regimented and "perfect". The story has something of a "12 Monkeys" feel to it, especially at the end. It also pre-dates the Women's Lib movement by a decade. Feminists would love this story.
Another memorable story is "Random Quest", in which a scientist is accidentally transported to an alternate reality where his other self is a successful writer. (This story was filmed as "Quest For Love" in the 1970s. Denholm Elliot was one of the stars.)
"A Long Spoon" involves the devil. This is a humorous story that comes at the end.
"Consider Her Ways and Others" is a perfect companion to John Wyndham's other collection of stories "The Seeds of Time". This is genuine science fiction. Overall, there are six stories in the book. And there's not a single space ship in any of them!
Wyndham is almost always worthwhile, and this somewhat slim collection will please Wyndham fans more than others, but even you non-Wyndham-devotees should find entertainment herein, though I hope it won't be the first Wyndham book you pick up. Day of the Triffids is his best work, and I'd start there, ideally.