- Publisher: Avon Books (Mm) (Jun. 1963)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0380015072
- ISBN-13: 978-0380015078
- Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 441,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Pilgrimage the First Book of the People Paperback – Jun 1963
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Essef - First book in the chronicles of 'The People'. A novelization of the 1st 8 of her "People" stories, for which she was so well known. The story of The People, who were coming from another planet when their spaceship crashed, leaving those who survived on earth... for many years science fiction readers have been fascinated by Zenna Henderson's classic science fiction stories about The People.
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The first of his amazing stories I've read was "Pottage" published in a sci-fi magazine and was enthralled by the author's sensibility and depiction of a backwater dull village.
The affection shown by Melodye for her young pupils and her courage to liberate them and their families from their doom touch a soft spot in my heart and leave me wanting to read more People's stories.
Thru the years I was able to read "Ararat" and "Gilead" but my wont wasn't satisfied, so I was delighted to find "Pilgrimage: The Book of the People".
This remarkable collection of the first six stories of the series is a gem. Artfully linked by Lea's interludes the stories are presented as coherent bunch.
IMHO the best of all of them is "Captivity" depicting with unusual force the tale of rebellious yet tender Francher kid and Miss Carolle her redeemer.
It is a great short stories collection that will be enjoyed by every sci-fi adept as well as by any soft heartened reader.
Enjoy Zenna's earlier tales!
Reviewed by Max Yofre.
The '60s were a time of experimentation in SciFi, when writers like Clarke and Asimov were pushing past the boundaries of space opera, alien invasions and BEMs, to explore the inner workings of the human mind and its amazing potential. Mrs Henderson took this concept and developed it into a high art form. Her meticulous descriptions of the complex conflicting emotions that shape our reactions to events and circumstances in our lives are stunningly real, even savagely so at times. But it is her depiction of complete and unalloyed joy that is the most convincing. Each time the reader encounters one of those passages, and they recur frequently through the book, the immediate reaction is a heart bursting echo of joy in the heart of the reader; then come the tears. Why do we cry? Partly because that much joy is impossible to contain, and must be given external expression. Partly, too, because it is so fleeting, and no sooner has the image touched us than, like a moonbeam on our skin, it is gone, leaving a vast chasm where only a heartbeat before was all encompassing completeness.
Other reviewers have talked enough of the themes of Mrs Henderson's fiction. The conflicts she sets up and resolves are very real and believable. The heartaches and joys of her characters paint them as 3 dimensional people, a difficult accomplishment in a full length novel, but little short of a miracle in a string of short stories. Her mastery of the English language, and the poetry of her expression belong to a bygone age - the age of the 19th century novelists - but their application to her tales is nevertheless fresh and refreshing.
Expect to be blessed beyond measure in reading this jewel of literature.