The Secret People

The Secret People The New Sea was teeming with a secret life It was the greatest engineering feat the flooding of part of the Sahara Desert But the new waters that covered up the land also threatened to destroy an anci

  • Title: The Secret People
  • Author: John Wyndham
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 341
  • Format: Paperback
  • The New Sea was teeming with a secret life It was the greatest engineering feat the flooding of part of the Sahara Desert But the new waters that covered up the land also threatened to destroy an ancient, secret civilization beneath the earth When Mark Sunnet s plane crashed into the New Sea, he and his beautiful companion, Margaret Lawn, were taken prisoner by theThe New Sea was teeming with a secret life It was the greatest engineering feat the flooding of part of the Sahara Desert But the new waters that covered up the land also threatened to destroy an ancient, secret civilization beneath the earth When Mark Sunnet s plane crashed into the New Sea, he and his beautiful companion, Margaret Lawn, were taken prisoner by these secret people They were taken deep beneath the earth into strange, dark caverns Caverns that seemed to hold no hope for escape But Mark and Margaret had to escape For now, suddenly, they were faced with two terrors the secret people who were to be their executioners and the merciless New Sea that threatened to kill them all

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    1. So, after reading reviews I feel a bit like I'm about to praise an "OK" book to the sky. This is John Wyndham's first book (as nearly every reviewer has said), however, I don't feel it shows, not anymore more than The Day of the Triffids. In fact, I liked this book much better. The first half was amazing, it was felt like a mix between The Loch and Journey to the Center of the Earth. And even Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. How could I not love it? What starts as a hot, dull vacation in A [...]

    2. I chose this purely because of the cover, expecting it (not only because of the cover but also as this was his first book) to be worse than it was.I miss the dys of cheap books in oxfam, days when every other book on their shelves was a Wyndham book. I suppose it is, in some ways at least, a good thing that no longer seems to be the case.This is very much a 'testing the water' book - pun intended - and it is so well written, that in some parts, the story becomes secondary to the enjoyment of rea [...]

    3. by John Wyndham, published in 1935.I love to read author’s first novels and this, “The Secret People”, is indeed John Wyndham’s first. And I have to say right off that despite it having been written so long ago it reads pretty much like a more modern novel and not like its contemporaries.And for whatever reason he published it under the pseudonym; John Beynon. If my first novel was this good I would stick with my first published name and run with it from there on.Which gets me to the mea [...]

    4. In The Secret People we are drawn down a sinkhole into a series of subterranean caverns in which live a strange tribe of people, descendants perhaps of people who once walked the face of the African continent. Captured and imprisoned,our heroes Mark and Margaret must survive as they strive to escape the doomed caverns.John Wyndham was one of my parents favorite sci-fi authors so I read a lot of his growing up, I was amazed to find one I had not read. The story telling, writing and world crafting [...]

    5. Non male; più che fantascienza, si tratta di avventura esotica alla Haggard con tutti i pregi e i difetti di quel genere.Non entusiasma, il finale è scontato ed ha una sua tragica bellezza; si legge con piacere, ma nulla più.

    6. "The Secret People" is a science fiction novel by John Wyndham in 1935. The novel was written under Wyndham's early pen name, John Beynon. " The Secret People" came out in a serialized form in the English magazine "Passing Show".Now before anything else I wanted to know why he wrote the book using another name, so off I went to find out. This is what I came up with, for some reason beyond me Wyndham's full name is John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris. That seems like an awful lot of names for [...]

    7. Es gibt Ideen, die können einfach nur aus bestimmten Zeitaltern stammen. Ein Meer in die Wüste zu machen, zum Beispiel. Während man heute über die praktische Nutzung von Sonnenstunden ohne Ende nachdenkt - und dabei die Energieversorgung im Auge hat - waren die geistigen Projektoren von Science-Fiction-Autoren auf viel profanere Einfälle gerichtet. Profan im Sinne von "nicht besonders hilfreich". Und was ist unnötiger als noch ein weiteres Meer, um das wir uns nicht kümmern?Sei es, wie es [...]

    8. The Secret People was one of science fiction author, John Wyndham's first books, written under the pen-name, John Benyon in 1935. Wyndham is one of my favourite science fiction writers. His books, The Day of the Triffids, The Chrysalids and The Kraken Wakes are amongst my favourite books in the genre.So, it was quite a pleasant surprise when I found The Secret People while I was leafing through one of my used book store's shelves.Was The Secret People at the same level of Wyndham's classics? Not [...]

    9. The Secret People is one of the first (or THE firstI can't recall) books written by John Wyndham (and originally published under the name John Beynon). I thought it was very good overall, but it didn't engage me as much as The Midwich Cuckoos and The Day of the Triffids did. However, the part where evolution was discussed with regard to the pygmies was extremely impressive.cially considering this book was written in 1935 before all the tenets of modern evolutionary synthesis were fully realized. [...]

    10. This, the first published novel by John Wyndham in 1935, is a story that looks both to the future and the the past. The future is represented by the private jet plane that protagonist Mark flies over the newly created Sahara Sea; the past is the ripping yarn presented here that could easily have come from the pen of the likes of H G Wells or Jules Verne, as Mark and his partner Margaret are sucked underground into a world of Bast-worshipping pygmies. While their eventual escape is inevitable, th [...]

    11. The Secret People was Wyndham's first full-length novel and was published under his nom de plume John Beynon. His influences are obvious in this book (not least HG Wells' The Time Machine) and it's clearly written by a young man - the characters are a tad superficial in type and motivation and there's an excess of telling and explanation. The book is also one of his weakest scientifically - I'm not sure if the medical world knew about vitamin D deficiency in 1935, but many of Wyndham's 'secret p [...]

    12. Another great Wyndham book! (Terrible jacket art. The "secret people" are supposed to be grey, and why are there mushrooms on their heads? Weird.) Still liked "Day of the Triffids" "The Chrysalids," and "The Midwich Cuckoos" better. This was a little bit Jules Vern-ey. Good characters, cool scenario a fun read.

    13. I like the worlds created by writers last century, ideas that maybe seemed plausible then, can look rather silly now, but all the same give fascinating insight into how people thought. This was a good idea, and well conveyed, and a good read.

    14. Master of prose John Wyndham's first published book, beautifully written as all his books are, following the story of a young couple sucked through a whirlpool into the world of strange forgotten underground pygmies.

    15. This was his first book and it shows. I enjoyed it but it didn't engage me as much as The Day of the Triffids or The Midwich Cuckoos. Still, an interesting read.

    16. I picked up The Secret People because I'd read two other John Wyndham books, The Day of the Triffids and Chocky, and truly enjoyed them. The Secret People (one of his earlier books) is an interesting read, definitely a book written in the early-mid 1930s. Unfortunately the plot is a bit pushed and the characters are a bit too obvious for my liking. (view spoiler)[The idea is a nice one, though, for explaining why people disappear in the desert. (hide spoiler)]

    17. It is very superficial compared to John Wyndhams other books. But not bad for a first novel. Pretty dated (it is from 1935, and that shows).

    18. A strange and interesting read. A compelling world, intense characters and high stakes. Well worth a read although it does have a lot of old style racism and patches of violence.

    19. When The Day of the Triffids was first published in 1951, no mention was made of any previous writing by John Wyndham and so many readers assumed it to be a stunning debut from a talented new voice. In reality, Wyndham had been writing under different pen names since 1925, mostly short stories but there were three published novels of which The Secret People (1935) was one. So the re-publication by Penguin Books of this early work gives Wyndham enthusiasts, old and new, the chance to trace the de [...]

    20. I thought I'd already written my comments, but clearly didn't save them. The short version is: gripping, interesting ideas, poor characterisation, spectacular racism.

    21. Αυτό είναι το πρώτο βιβλίο που έγραψε ο Τζον Γουίνταμ, το 1935 και τρίτο που διαβάζω εγώ. Παίρνει την δεύτερη θέση, αφού μου άρεσε λιγότερο από το Η ώρα των Τριφίδων και περισσότερο από το Λαθρεπιβάτης για τον Άρη. Και είναι στο ίδιο επίπεδο με την ιστορία Εξόριστοι στον Άσπερο [...]

    22. A fun speculative fiction novel from the 1930s about a couple are enslaved by a race of primitive pygmies living beneath the earth after they accidentally discover a network of caves under the Sahara Desert.

    23. Una traduzione indegnaIl popolo segreto appartiene alla produzione d'anteguerra di Wyndham, essendo stato scritto nel 1935. Leggendolo ci si potrebbe immergere nell'atmosfera ingenua della fantascienza d'antan, ed immaginare le scene di un film in bianco e nero con il modellino di un aereo a razzo visibilmente appeso a fili, l'eroe e l'eroina vestiti à la coloniale, l'immancabile happy end: un po' Ed Wood, per intenderci. L'ingenuità è il filo conduttore del romanzo, per noi lettori di oggi, [...]

    24. The author takes great effort to make the story's events reasonable instead of exciting. To make them explained, at least, which is done in long introspection or long discussions: characters are prone to digress into anthropology or philosophy for a two-page dissertation, at the expense of the story's momentum. And there are times when momentum is sorely lacking.The story takes an interesting turn early on as protagonist Mark is confined to a segregated prison area away from the main pygmy civil [...]

    25. Ok , cards on the table - Wyndham (along with Clarke & Asimov) was part of my formative sci-fi reading , when I saw a Wyndham novel I'd never heard of before in a 2nd-hand bookshop , I snapped it up ! I soon discovered why I hadn't heard of or read this before - it is (& I never thought I'd say this of 1 of my favourite authors) bloody awful. The plot cocerns a rich playboy , Mark , & his holiday squeeze Margaret , who crash their jet into the New Sea (a portion of the Sahara flooded [...]

    26. I haven't actually finished the book as I was unable to push myself through it. If you're looking for a shining review, don't read mine. First, I need to acknowledge that this book was written in the early 30s and was ahead of its time despite being edited in the late 60s. However, once you get into the actual plot of the book (into Act 2), things start to slow down and it became a chore for me to read. The main characters became separated and as I skimmed the rest of the book, I realized that o [...]

    27. JW's first book. I've just reviewed his last book, Chocky and wow the difference between the two is amazing. The Secret People is a typical pulp sci-fi, nothing particularly innovative, about a secret race living under the Sahara, full of rather racist commentary about 'the Natives' , and the brave foolhardy white men rescuing the beautiful blonde women. The only thing interesting about The Secret People is it shows how a writer can improve. So for that alone, it's worth reading. And, also, if y [...]

    28. I thought this book was cool but it turned out to be racist and disappointing. There were all these points throughout the narrative where the characters seemed on the verge of major breakthroughs that would allow them to see the "Secret People" as beings worthy of concern, and I really thought the book was headed in that direction. Then the whole narrative wrapped itself up in a really superficial, unsatisfying way, and the characters were left without catharsis. As was the author, apparently. A [...]

    29. John Wyndham's novel has all the trademarks - characters that are interesting; a secret world about which we want to know what's happening and a plot that we want to see concluded. However this early Wyndham piece (as "John Beynon") could easily have been a novella or short story size for all the 'gimmick's he introduces about this pygmy people who live under the Sahara Desert. Not one of his best yet still very readable

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