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Trouble with Lichen [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

John Wyndham
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31. Mai 1973
It came from a lichen. When biochemist Francis Saxover discovered its remarkable properties, the implications terrified him. But Diana Brackley foresaw the coming of a new evolutionary order and with it, a revolution.

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  • Taschenbuch: 208 Seiten
  • Verlag: Penguin Books Ltd; Auflage: New impression (31. Mai 1973)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0140019863
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140019865
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17,4 x 11,2 x 1,6 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 593.463 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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It came from a lichen. When biochemist Francis Saxover discovered its remarkable properties, the implications terrified him. But Diana Brackley foresaw the coming of a new evolutionary order and with it, a revolution.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Old book up-to-date topic 7. Juli 2011
Von arbiter
Not being a native speaker, and reading it when I was quite young, I first had some problems with the John Wyndham's sometimes intricate sentence structure. Soon, however, I came to enjoy the different ways he uses the syntax.

Too, it is a book with the typically British brand of subdued sense of humour. You MUST read Diana's idea of getting her discovery across... hilarious!

Wyndham employs vivid characterisation of the two protagonists, and he always does it with sympathy. Rather unusual for a sci-fi writer of his time and age is that he remains mainly with the woman's point of view. In other novels they are little more than big-busted damsels with zero watts of brainpower to be rescued from slimy aliens (I wonder what made THEM long for a human mate of such little promise for the gene pool!).

There is plenty of food for thought.
Would you want a longer life at all costs, meaning killing people for it?
Should you want it, if it means more of the same boring life?
Who would be eligible?
Are male/female stereotypes still valid in the modern world?

All in all, it is an evergreen and should be in every serious sci-fi collection.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Still readable, but not Wyndham's best 22. April 2013
Von Kay Hudson - Veröffentlicht auf
A while back I was pleased to find replacements for my ancient and deteriorating copies of John Wyndham's novels. Trouble With Lichen was not my favorite back in the day, and I don't think it holds up as well as others (The Day of the Trifids and Out of the Deeps were and are my favorites). Trouble With Lichen is extremely slow-paced and largely a philosophical and ethical discussion. The ideas are certainly interesting--what would happen if life expectancy could be significantly extended for a few? For everyone? Unfortunately Wyndham's consideration stops there. We never know what he (or his characters) do think would happen, only that, as with so many discoveries for good or evil, the genie ccould not be forced back into the bottle. Interesting, but definitely a slow read, and not Wyndham's most enduring work.
5.0 von 5 Sternen A favourite for many years 6. März 2013
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A thriller this is not. It is a slow paced, thoughtful look at the 'fountain of youth' and how it is handled by the two people who discover it. Playing out over a period of several decades.
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.
4.0 von 5 Sternen One of Wyndham's best 7. September 2012
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I really love Wyndham, having first read The Day of the Triffids at about 14 and reading most of his novels since. This however was the one that unexpectedly grabbed me. I didn't love it halfway through, like I do most of his books, but I absolutely loved it by the conclusion. Wyndham's conclusions are his weakest point across all novels, but in this instance the most important questions arose later in the book, and important questions they were.
3.0 von 5 Sternen Good concept, so-so delivery 11. Juni 2010
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I bet most of us have thought about having a longer lifespan. If only there was a fountain of youth. Throughout our short lives we worry about that day when we will reach the end of our own personal timeline. As we age we struggle to look and feel young but eventually we have to face the truth - life is short and we're aging every day and there is nothing we can do about it. But what if there was?

In Trouble with Lichen Diana and Francis, a couple of biochemists in England discover a species of lichen that has the magical ability to extend ones life by double or perhaps even triple. The problem is that the supply of this lichen is very limited and it's very hard to grow. Diana and Francis part ways and Diana opens up a beauty spa and uses the lichen in her products on a small but powerful group of women. Of course the secret of the 'antigerone' can't remain a secret forever.

The problem with this book is that the idea is better than its execution. Most of this book is spent setting up for a climax that never really seems to come into fruition. Also, none of the characters really appealed to me. On the plus side, it did conjure up thoughts about humanity and what might happen if we could all extend our lives three-fold. Would we become overpopulated? Could we stay in our current relationships for such a long time?

Trouble with Lichen is a decent read, though it does seem to lose its impact before the end. Still, check it out!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good Premise, Poor Execution 5. Oktober 2011
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As the plot of "Trouble with Lichen" meanders toward its conclusion, one may wonder if he/she missed the action. Often bogged down in exploring both philosophical sides of an argument, the book can be an interesting read. However, the execution in Wyndham's point is lacking.

Diana Brackley and Francis Saxover have made an amazing discovery from lichens that has the potential to allow the human lifespan to expand threefold. Diana and Francis unknowingly take the discovery in different directions, but are eventually faced with the same moral dilemmas. The effects of a change in lifespan are dramatic, effecting most every facet of life. Social and political forces are quick to react to these potential changes.

In the 21st century, many of the arguments presented by Wyndham in this work of fiction could be applied to modern issues such as stem cells. It is apparent from the tone of the book that Wyndham would side with the left. Fans of Wyndham will note this is typically the case in his books.

On many levels, this is a clever, thought-provoking read. Yet at times, it reads more like an argument on ethics with a work of science fiction in the background. As other reviewers have suggested, this is among Wyndham's lesser works.
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