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The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
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The Day of the Triffids (1951)

by John Wyndham

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My partner told me about this classic post-apocalyptic novel; I'd not heard of it before. I enjoyed Wyndham's writing style and the way the story unfolded. It's a short read and will possibly make you scared of plants... but the main focus of the book aren't the Triffids but how humans survive in the middle of a disintegrating society. Of course the book shows its age and the attitude towards disability and women is not a very modern one. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed this read. ( )
1 vote Vinjii | Mar 23, 2018 |
This story haunted my thoughts from the first time I read it. It shaped how I think a good futurist story is best written. The terrible events unfolding are set off against laconic, quiet prose. To this day I look at certain plants (The Western Australian Grass Tree in particular) and think, "triffid." ( )
1 vote Markodwyer | Jan 25, 2018 |
This sci-fi classic is one of the best of Wyndham. Two events play a big role in human downfall: a comet shower that ends up blinding everyone, and the ‘useful’ triffids, which were originally used as a source of cheap oil, use this sensory handicap to invade and eat blind humans.

Here I draw a parallel between the book’s opening chapter and the ‘28 Days Later’ movie’s first scene: it is still as spooky in book form as it was when I first saw it in the movie.

The two main characters, William and Josella, try to survive in a post-apocalyptic world where most of the population is blind and they aren’t. It would be considered easy to survive, but they have to face other people and survivors, each with their own agendas.

The end of the novel is not a happy or a bad ending. Rather, it leaves the fate of the survivors in a sort of resolution limbo and we are left free to decide if the future of the human race will follow or not.

This book is highly recommended for its humour and dystopian theme. It is also a must read for any sci-fi fan looking to understand current movies/series’ numerous references to the novel. ( )
1 vote soniaandree | Jan 21, 2018 |
Long on pathos, short on action. ( )
  LaurelPoe | Dec 25, 2017 |
An even better read than The Midwich Cuckoos, Wyndham’s best-known novel gets off to a great start even if the ending leaves you hoping for a climax which never comes.

The appearance of a mysterious meteor shower heralds an apocalypse for humanity as the world is struck by blindness. We awake with Bill Mason, one of those who have for various reasons, been unable to see the sights of the night before. From then on, we attempt to make sense of what we encounter as he makes his way from hospital into a world where new rules have to be invented to survive.

Bill’s experience with triffids comes in handy when they seek to take advantage of the handicapped population. The novel runs along a knife edge the whole way through and you’re never quite sure which way things will turn. For the most part, the story is captivating as Wyndham creates a very real world and characters who you are genuinely interested in, but there are a few places where things aren’t quite as polished as I’d have liked.

The obligatory love interest didn’t really work for me. Wyndham’s writing never really stretched far enough to make that come to life. He’s better with the weird and inhuman than the wonder of human love. And the novel kind of peters out with us wondering how humanity will recover from what seems a fatal blow.

But Wyndham does what sci-fi should do: he creates an alternate world and populates it with the bizarre. The triffids are a truly original creation and the idea of a world where 99% of the population is blind is described even more chillingly than you can imagine it yourself. It allows basic questions of what human society is and how it functions to be asked.

What Wyndham doesn’t do is answer any questions very well. For one thing, let me address the elephant in the triffid’s room: why is this happening at all? The triffids have been on the earth for decades before the meteor shower. Are the plants simply taking advantage of another sci-fi plot device or are the two events somehow linked. We never find out and Wyndham writes as if no one will ever question this. That seemed strange to me.

The book is very enjoyable though and classic sci-fi nonetheless. It also taught me to be more circumspect when people next encourage me to go out and watch a meteor shower. ( )
3 vote arukiyomi | Oct 21, 2017 |
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Bridge. AndyCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bulgheroni, MarisaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Langford, BarryIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Leger, PatrickIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Lucentini, FrancoContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Fiction. Dystopian. Science fiction. Post-apocalyptic. English.
Bill Masen, bandages over his wounded eyes, misses the most spectacular meteorite shower England has ever seen. Removing his bandages the next morning, he finds masses of sightless people wandering the city. He soon meets Josella, another lucky person who has retained her sight, and together they leave the city, aware that the safe, familiar world they knew a mere twenty-four hours before is gone forever.

But to survive in this post-apocalyptic world, one must survive the Triffids, strange plants that years before began appearing all over the world. The Triffids can grow to over seven feet tall, pull their roots from the ground to walk, and kill a man with one quick lash of their poisonous stingers. With society in shambles, they are now poised to prey on humankind. Wyndham chillingly anticipates bio-warfare and mass destruction, fifty years before their realization, in this prescient account of Cold War paranoia.
Бил Мейсън, заради травма, е с превръзка на очите и пропуска най-зрелищния метеоритен дъжд, падал някога над Англия. На следващия ден сваля превръзката и с ужас установява, че хиляди слепци се скитат по улиците. Скоро среща Джозела, друга щастливка съхранила зрението си. Двамата напускат града, осъзнали, че безопасният и така добре познат само допреди 24 часа свят, завинаги е изчезнал. Апокалипсисът бавно, но сигурно напредва с Трифидите - странни растения, появили се на различни места по Земята. Трифидите достигат над два метра, измъкват корените си от почвата, ходят и убиват човек само с един светкавичен замах на отровните си пипала.
И все пак, "Денят на трифидите" не е роман на ужасите, а мъдро предупреждение за риска, който крие всяка самонадеяна човешка безотговорност.
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Night of blinding lights,
Walking plants lurk in darkness,
Now who will survive?
(SylviaC)

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0812967127, Paperback)

In 1951 John Wyndham published his novel The Day of the Triffids to moderate acclaim. Fifty-two years later, this horrifying story is a science fiction classic, touted by The Times (London) as having “all the reality of a vividly realized nightmare.”

Bill Masen, bandages over his wounded eyes, misses the most spectacular meteorite shower England has ever seen. Removing his bandages the next morning, he finds masses of sightless people wandering the city. He soon meets Josella, another lucky person who has retained her sight, and together they leave the city, aware that the safe, familiar world they knew a mere twenty-four hours before is gone forever.

But to survive in this post-apocalyptic world, one must survive the Triffids, strange plants that years before began appearing all over the world. The Triffids can grow to over seven feet tall, pull their roots from the ground to walk, and kill a man with one quick lash of their poisonous stingers. With society in shambles, they are now poised to prey on humankind. Wyndham chillingly anticipates bio-warfare and mass destruction, fifty years before their realization, in this prescient account of Cold War paranoia.

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"Bill Masen, bandages over his wounded eyes, misses the most spectacular meteorite shower England has ever seen. Removing his bandages the next morning, he finds masses of sightless people wandering the city. He soon meets Josella, another lucky person who has retained her sight, and together they leave the city, aware that the safe, familiar world they knew a mere twenty-four hours before is gone forever." "But to survive in this post-apocalyptic world, one must survive the Triffids, strange plants that years before began appearing all over the world. The Triffids can grow to over seven feet tall, pull their roots from the ground to walk, and kill a man with one quick lash of their poisonous stingers. With society in shambles, they are now posed to prey on humankind. Wyndham chillingly anticipates bio-warfare and mass destruction, fifty years before their realization, in this prescient account of Cold War paranoia."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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