Original, and intelligent Apr 4, 2007
This is the book that became "Village of the Damned" in the movies.
Written far more intelligently than the movies would have it seem--[even the 1960 version let alone than '94 version], this book starts out rather slow but is intrigueing, and thought provoking.
Set in a small town in England the name "cuckoos" refers to the fact that cuckoo birds lay their eggs in other bird's nests--hence the title of a novel in which aliens have somehow impregnated all the women in this town of Midwich--regardless of age,or marital status.
In some ways of course, it is dated--in today's time, for instance an unmarried pregnant woman would not even be noticed, let alone remarkable.
Yet, even stranger is a woman who has never even been sexual with a man and is in a kind of dull shock finding herself pregnant..
But this is the mere "skin" of the novel--in actuality it seems an allegory for what began in the late 1930s, and ended up in WW2.--The idea of a perfect race of white blond more brilliant humans able to excell in ways unlike average people--but lacking something that makes us all human nonetheless.
I recommend it historically,but I also recommend it to all who like to know the story behnd the story that is publiciized in modern watered down entertainment.