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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 1999
I first found Zenna Henderson's work 30 years ago, I was so thrilled to find how much she had written and how wonderfully her work has stood the test of time.
Sometimes rereading a favourite story is a letdown, not this time, I have never been so thrilled by a book, I had to keep making myself slow down because I didn't want it to finish. If you don't read another book this year, you must read this! This is a one-off, totally unique. Enjoy!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 18 June 1999
Having heard my mother rave about 'Pilgrimage' over the years - and regret losing her copy when it was out-of-print for so long - it is great to find a collection of all of Zenna Henderson's People stories. I have read them so many times, but each time I find something new and wonderful. Let these stories transport you to a kinder world - you will be captivated!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 27 April 1998
I am glad to find in "Ingathering" a collection of 'The People Stories'. As a young man I read them and felt that they were a charge to go into the world and teach, accepting people for what they were and for what they COULD be. My only regret in reading the book is to know that there will be no more stories to warm my heart and inspire my connection to the community in which I find myself. If Zenna Henderson has no remaining blood family, she has a larger family in those whom she inspired and encouraged. "The People" are an example of what can be the best in all of us.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 5 January 2000
I started to hear the people stories on Radio 4 a few years ago when I was unemployed and depressed, but only heard half of the first episode. I then spent 2 years trying to find a copy of 'Pilgrimage' to find out more. I was definately intrigued by these people and there abilities! When I eventually managed to get a copy of the stories I was not disappointed. I have continued to find them comforting with an old fashioned feel I quite like. I suppose they are SF/Fantasy but I can never think of them as such.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 28 April 1997
I lent my Z.Henderson books to my local minister to "stir" his complacency. They were never returned. I managed to recollect them by assiduously hunting through secon-hand book stores. I THRILLED to be able to get the People stories, from Amazon. Each time I read them I cry at the wonderful beauty of the sensitivity of the people. I am an avid SF fan but this books transcends all those. I would like to classify as essential reading. Oh for some more. Thanks must go to the compilers.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 23 May 1998
Long ago, my first introduction to Science Fiction was Zenna Henderson's series about the People. Living through times in America's history when people were being persecuted because they were visibly different (the civil rights period) or because they thought and acted differently (the age of the flower children and activism against social inequities), I found reading about a people who were different and persecuted but retained their inate goodness, kindness, and sense of self worth to be not only uplifing but a call to battle. I determined to go out and embrace the uniqueness of all the people on this planet. In my travels around the world, I tried to personify the teachings of Ms. Henderson and learned that I CAN lift myself and others (spirtually, if not physically), platt sunshine to warm the minds and souls of those around me (at least emotionally), read the thoughts and emotions of others (using my intuition and empathy), and be a healer (by just listening to and caring about those I met). The gift I received from reading Ms. Henderson's books was far greater than the enjoyment of meeting her people -- her gift enabled me to become one of The People.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 July 2007
Be warned that in reading Zenna Henderson's fantasy stories about "The People", they are so naturalistic and convincing that you may find yourself believing you have the gifts: that you can levitate, send telepathic messages, heal with psychic force. When you realize that it's just a dream inspired by the stories, you may wander around in a half-daze, wishing your life were like those stories: that you really did have the gifts, that you endured hardships in the same stoic way, and that you would find safe haven and welcoming arms somewhere in the American Southwest. I know because for weeks after reading one of her collections, I kept thinking that I could levitate -- and I was an adult at the time!
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on 9 February 2011
Again stories from the past, but this time ones that hold up very well, still enjoyable; Zenna Henderson weaves her stories around a group of survivors from a distant planet that fall to earth, but although look like human they have paranormal powers, as they fist arrive in the late 1800s into the American Midwest some are killed by the ignorant westerners, thinking them to be witches, other survive by staying together in small groups, one story, In this book covers one such group and new teacher imported into their group for their school, the interactions of a group with paranormal powers and an outsider who they believe does not, the difficulties of trying to fit in, and yet be different is dealt with in a very moving way, the ending is not what you expect, and still after all this time does effect me.
I would recommend this book, no death rays, but a good insight into peoples and their interaction with a total alien culture.
I believe that the Disney film escape to witch mountain was very, very loosely based on these stories,
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on 12 April 2010
I'd known about the "people" stories since I was a child half a century ago, but this is the first time I'd seen them all in one book.It arrived on time and in good condition,at a time when illness forced me to stay in bed all day and read it.The stories were written by a lady teacher from the region where the series are set.The fantastic parts of them seem as real as the settings certainly are. Some of the writing could be considered to be biased towards the lady reader a bit,and ploughing through the whole lot in one go wasn't quite as pleasing as I'd hoped,but on the whole I'm glad I did.It's also a handy window on small-town America all those years ago,albeit a somewhat strange one.This collection was put together by out and out Henderson fans,buy it and you'll probably join them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 February 2009
a perfect collection of "the people" stories. timeless and a joy to read.
the people from a lost home. some on earth trying to fit in. different groups different ays. this is a collection of their experiences and lives
excellent
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