The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney

The Body Snatchers

Jack Finney

fiction classics horror science fiction thriller adventurous reflective fast-paced

226 pages | first published 1955


Originally published in 1955 Jack Finney's sinister SF tale has outgrown the initial debate about whether it satirized Communism or the conformity of US society at the time, to become a classic of paranoia; an examination of our fear of 'the other...
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