- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Penguin UK (1 September 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141032987
- ISBN-13: 978-0141032986
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.3 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,28,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Trouble With Lichen Paperback – 1 Sep 2008
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About the Author
John Wyndham was born in 1903 in the Midlands. After leaving school, he tried his hand at several careers, including farming, law and advertising, before starting to write stories in 1925. During the war he worked as a censor in the Ministry of Information and afterwards served in the Army. The Day of The Triffids was published in 1951, and was followed by many other famous works of science fiction, including The Kraken Wakes, The Chrysalids and The Midwich Cuckoos. Wyndham died in 1969.
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A scientist and his young female student both discover the anti- aging effects of a certain strain of lichen at the same time and then part company for many years. He basically sits on the discovery, administering it only to his family. She however starts an exclusive beauty business.
As we all know lies in the beauty world are readily accepted, No-one expects the literal truth..
There is a thread of romance making a bat squeak appearance in the background. But this short novel is mostly to do with the greed and manouvering that occurs both at governmental and private levels once the truth about this strain of lichen is realised.
This is my favourite John Wyndham novel.
In other words, she had a utopian goal in mind for transforming the female condition based on the peculiarities of her personality. If she could handle becoming a biochemist and running a business as a single woman, why couldn’t other women live just as self-directedly? Apparently it never occurs to the character, and perhaps it didn’t occur to Wyndham, that most women simply lack the potential to become anything other than wives and mothers, no matter how long they live.
But then, the novel takes place over about 20 years. Brackley didn’t have enough of a baseline with her experiment to discover if her plan made any sense, given women’s nature.
While this novel approaches some interesting ideas about the consequences of early-stage radical life extension, I just found it inadequate given its feminist emphasis and the lack of deeper thinking on Wyndham’s part.
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