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People No Different Flesh Paperback – 1 Jun 1968

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Avon Books (Mm); First THUS edition (Jun. 1968)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380015064
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380015061
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 11.2 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,536,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I first read this story in the 1970's, and re-read it in the 90's, because of how strongly it stayed in my mind. It is unusual, because it is in the SF / Fantasy realm, but in many ways is the most deeply human book I know. This is a soft, heart-centred story, with a vision of what humanity could be, and is not technological or action-oriented in the way of much SF, nor as other-worldly as most fantasy. To me this is its strength. It is not the most exciting book ever, but is one of the best visions that I know, and touches me in a way that I cannot describe. It seems relevant to say that I am a male, and this is perhaps a feminine-side book. At the end, you know whether you are, at the core, one of the People. It is worth finding out.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9a1b5648) out of 5 stars 11 reviews
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a59b060) out of 5 stars Sheer delight from Zenna Henderson 28 April 2000
By Raizel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Readers who love Zenna Henderson's Pigrimage will want to read this, her second novel about the People, a race from another planet who become marooned on earth. The People have the very best of human qualities: love, gentleness, spirituality; and also special powers of healing, levitation and other abilites.
This book tells the story of a couple, Mark and Meris, who, one stormy night, find a young girl who has fallen in a capsule from the sky, and who has special abilities. Maris and Mark, still grieving the loss of their own baby, must come to terms with the emotional issues that caring for the young girl, Lala, creates in both of them. What follows is a plot that will involve the reader in the magic, compassion and sense of rightness that the People evoke.
In Pilgrimage, as in The People: No Different Flesh, the plot shifts between the present day story, and stories about the People from their past, which comprise the People's race memory. Included as one of these memories told to Mark and Meris is a short story, "Deluge", which has appeared in some short story collections. "Deluge" gives the reader a taste of the magical and deeply fulfilling way of life on the People's home planet and tells how the People came to leave it. Other memories tell us what happened to various individuals of the People as they arrived on earth. These add texture and interest to the present-day story, and include events of terrible persecution of the People as well as stories of personal tragedy and joy.
Some critics have found Zenna Henderson and her People books too emotionally melodramatic, and indeed, Henderson does have the talent for making vivid emotion come alive on the page. The ending of this book has a fairytale-like happiness that may bring tears to many readers' eyes, although some critics consider Henderson to be too saccharine. To my mind, Henderson's novels, with their emotional brand of spirituality, are uplifting and warming without being cloying. Henderson shows us that there is still comfort and genuine goodness in the world. Reading The People: No Different Flesh is like drinking a warm cup of cocoa in front of a fire on a cold winter's night. END
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HASH(0x9a57fa68) out of 5 stars Zenna Henderson: Master Story Teller 5 July 2010
By Stephen R. Finney - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Though it has been a good number of years since I last read "The People: No Different Flesh", and it's accompanying story: "Pilgrimage", I find myself looking for a Hardbound copy, and a Kindle version as well. Zenna Henderson is near the pinnacle (if not at the pinnacle) of fantasy authors. her books will draw you in, allowing you escape from the harsh realities of the world around you. Pure, mesmerizing escape is what you get, told in a unique and mellow way. I won't go into specifics; you'll just have to take my word that if you like good fantasy without excessive violence, any of the storys about "The People" will satisfy you well.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a6363b4) out of 5 stars A Classic and Tender Story 9 Jan. 2014
By Esther Cook - Published on Amazon.com
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I recently bought two copies of this book so that I could share with my adult daughter one of her father's favorite stories.

The People look just like normal Americans, but have paranormal abilities such as telepathy and the ability to fly. ,They came here from outer space and had no wish to hide what they were, but soon learned that normals could not handle a group that was so different. That is something most of us can relate to, for we have different ability sets and that means most of us are above average at something--and persecuted for it.

This is a novel, very satisfying to read.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a63666c) out of 5 stars Timeless Golden-Age SciFi 18 Dec. 2011
By J. Walkup - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
In the 1960's "Shadow on the Moon" stole my heart, and I read all the Zenna Henderson I could lay my hands on. I bought this and First Pilgramage to introduce my neice when she's the right age. I guess I took the Golden Age writers for granted back then, but today I wish I owned every one I ever read.
HASH(0x9a1a672c) out of 5 stars I enjoyed Zenna Henderson's books years ago when I first read ... 6 July 2016
By Mary E Alvey - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed Zenna Henderson's books years ago when I first read them and still enjoy rereading them. I wish she had written more.
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