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A Crystal Age

W. H. Hudson

Book Overview: 

A Crystal Age is a utopian novel written by W. H. Hudson. The book has been called a "significant S-F milestone" and has been noted for its anticipation of the "modern ecological mysticism".

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .if you prefer that—five of these sovereigns, I mean—for a suit of clothes such as you all wear."

So great was my desire to possess the clothes that I was about to double the offer, which struck me as poor, and add that I would give ten sovereigns; but when I had spoken he dropped the piece he held in his hand upon the table, and stared fixedly at me, assisted by all the others. Presently, in the profound silence which ensued, a low, silvery gurgling became audible, as of some merry mountain burn—a sweet, warbling sound, swelling louder by degrees until it ended in a long ringing peal of laughter.

This was from the girl Yoletta. I stared at her, surprised at her unseasonable levity; but the only effect of my doing so was a general explosion, men and women joining in such a tempest of merriment that one might have imagined they h. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A man is knocked unconscious and wakes up to find everything has changed. Utopian fiction, the civilization might be compared with the Eloi from the Time Machine but i think this story is better written and has a more haunting atmosphere.
There are hints that the civilization might not be as perfect

Many utopian novels I've read tend to be a bit pedantic, but not "A Crystal Age." Rather than endless descriptions of a mysterious civilization told to us by a local guide or by the narrator himself, here the nature of Hudson's vision unfolds organically through the narrative itself. This book actua

If it is a mark of good writing that you look through it, rather than at it, then this is a well-written novel. It really is. There's some really nice descriptive writing, and as you might expect from a naturalist, he's a lot more willing than Wells to hang about describing the flora and fauna, and

Downer. To me, I could see a slight double to the Time Machine. The book was a good read though. Am still a little fuzzy about his movement through time. It was obvious that he had went far forward in time. But, as a current day person, it is also interesting as to what the writers of the 1800s fors

Really loved this! So full of wonder & a surprise ending for anyone who hasn`t read this classic yet!

If I pretend that this 21-year-old man hadn't fallen in love at first sight and spent the book lusting over a girl he thought was 14, then this is a pretty interesting book.

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