Saturday, May 26, 2007

The People: No Different Flesh

People No Different Flesh

Zenna Henderson

Date: June, 1968   —   Book

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Fiction, Science Fiction

This is a continuation of Pilgrimage, and is cut from the same cloth. Which is a good thing, as Henderson's stories are wonderful in texture and evoke a sense of a slowly tamed West (from her writings, I would guess southwestern Colorado or Arizona, but she deliberately doesn't pin it down.) This volume goes into more depth about the evacuation from the Home of the People (nobody said they were all that creative) and the trials of the first generation, as well as how easy it is to lose your way and become selfish and bitter. It speaks to many about the virtues won through hardship, something underappreciated in our time.

But mostly, it's good. And there are still plenty of copies floating around used bookstores if you can get past the strangely hokey covers.

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