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Pendulum

Pendulum The sixties a foreign country they did things differently then Or did they An Englishman s home supposedly is his castle and property developer Rod Gawfrey was incensed when a gang of hooligans gat

  • Title: Pendulum
  • Author: John Christopher
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 252
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The sixties a foreign country they did things differently then Or did they An Englishman s home, supposedly, is his castle, and property developer Rod Gawfrey was incensed when a gang of hooligans gatecrashed his son s party, infiltrating the luxury residence that was also home to his wife s parents and her sister Jane.He had no inkling then of the mayhem that was on iThe sixties a foreign country they did things differently then Or did they An Englishman s home, supposedly, is his castle, and property developer Rod Gawfrey was incensed when a gang of hooligans gatecrashed his son s party, infiltrating the luxury residence that was also home to his wife s parents and her sister Jane.He had no inkling then of the mayhem that was on its way, as the nation s youth rose up in revolt, social order gave way to anarchy, and he and his family were reduced to penury Jane hadn t seen it coming either, despite her professional and personal connection to Professor Walter Staunton, the opportunist and lascivious academic bent on fomenting the revolution.A pendulum, though, once set in motion, must inevitably swing back And who would have guessed that Martin, Jane s timid, God fearing brother, would have a key role to play in the vicious wave of righteous retribution that would next sweep the land

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    About "John Christopher"

    1. John Christopher

      Sam Youd was born in Lancashire in April 1922, during an unseasonable snowstorm.As a boy, he was devoted to the newly emergent genre of science fiction In the early thirties, he later wrote, we knew just enough about the solar system for its possibilities to be a magnet to the imagination Over the following decades, his imagination flowed from science fiction into general novels, cricket novels, medical novels, gothic romances, detective thrillers, light comedies In all he published fifty six novels and a myriad of short stories, under his own name as well as eight different pen names.He is perhaps best known as John Christopher, author of the seminal work of speculative fiction, The Death of Grass today available as a Penguin Classic , and a stream of novels in the genre he pioneered, young adult dystopian fiction, beginning with The Tripods Trilogy I read somewhere, Sam once said, that I have been cited as the greatest serial killer in fictional history, having destroyed civilisation in so many different ways through famine, freezing, earthquakes, feral youth combined with religious fanaticism, and progeria In an interview towards the end of his life, conversation turned to a recent spate of novels set on Mars and a possible setting for a John Christopher story strand a group of people in a remote Martian enclave and see what happens.The Mars aspect, he felt, was irrelevant What happens between the people, he said, that s the thing I m interested in.

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    1. Pendulum is another thought-provoking disaster novel by John Christopher about the collapse of the modern social establishment. Unlike his other adult catastrophe novels like The Death of Grass, The Long Winter, and A Wrinkle in the Skin, this breakdown is brought about solely by man-made factors. The focus of this book is less on mere survival instincts and more on the political power struggles that develop in society when we allow self-centered views to rule our judgment of others.The plot bui [...]


    2. There is a tinge of Christopher's often excellent interpersonal dynamics in this one, but each scene is twice as long as it needs to be. A scene will begin with an idea, plot point, or character development which quickly establishes its purpose, then continues on into a dull waste for far too many pages.


    3. A failing economy, rising permissiveness, youth violence and rampant disorder lead to the fall of government in the UK and rule by mobs of youth motorcycle gangs. An upper middleclass family suffers deprivations and the occupation of their home by one of these gangs as the pendulum of society swings away from disorder to the rise of a religious brotherhood that soon takes on the gangs and creates an equally unappealing future. The message of the story being that the vast majority of people are h [...]


    4. This book was first published in 1968, and in my opinion it shows occasionally. The story is set in the more-or-less present day (at the time of writing) but I could imagine it being updated to a modern setting quite easily.This book isn't as apocalyptic as many of Christopher's, but features the breakdown of society within the UK. Student demonstrations and an economic depression lead to the rise of biker gangs of young people who effectively take over the country. I'm not 100% convinced that t [...]



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