Web Paperback – 29 May 1980
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It's over 25 years later and I've finally read this book. Good grief...how embarrassing was the shallowness of my youth?
What a fantastic story. Almost horrifically clinical in it's detachment incredibly well conceived and thought-through to it's ultimate inevitability.
It's like the excitement of discovering and reading a secret file that somebody didn't want you to see.
Was it the curse that made the spiders more efficient killing creatures or the nearby nuclear tests? We'll never know but this story gave me the creeps whenever I saw a spider for days!!
This was John Wyndham's last book and I suspect that it was either a draft or the first of many short stories to be made into a full book. Fortunately for us, his quality of writing ensured that the story is as complete and gripping as all his others are. Get it! Get them all!!
A group of adventurous souls, dissatisfied with modern British society and wanting to make a fresh start like the old pioneers, in a place where they can make their own rules and operate their own political system, leave for a paradise island in the Pacific. They very soon learn that this particular paradise is being over-run by some people's idea of hell: spiders with a hive mentality are covering the island with their webs and eating anything that moves. The newcomers find themselves in dire straights. Can they survive until the next plane or ship visits the island?
Even though it lacks Wyndham's characteristic writing style that I like so much, this is clearly one of his tales and I think that anyone learning English as a foreign language will enjoy the story while learning the language. It is categorised as: Level 5 (upper intermediate, 2300 word); Contemporary; British English. I recommend it to any EFL student who enjoys adventure stories - just so long as they don't have a spider phobia.
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The background stories are excellently told, both the idealistic settlers and the betrayal of the native people.Read more
The book offers two possible explanations for the spiders one being the much talked about curse laid on the island...Read more
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