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The Day of the Triffids (original 1951; edition 1996)

by John Wyndham

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Title:The Day of the Triffids
Authors:John Wyndham
Info:Buccaneer Books (1996), Library Binding, 222 pages
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The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham (1951)

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    DisassemblyOfReason: What The Day of the Triffids does with plants, Dark Piper may be said to do with animals. In both stories, a world has been given to large-scale experimentation with dangerous creatures - for commercial reasons with the triffids, while for more military applications with the animals on Beltane in Dark Piper. Both stories carry the suggestion that someone (possibly deliberately) turned loose various weapons of germ warfare not long after a major catastrophe, and both stories follow a small group through territory largely abandoned by humans, although unfortunately not by everything...… (more)
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    infiniteletters: The Furies is definitely on the hokier side.
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This book is 60+ years old but really could have been written yesterday. Well meaning botanist creates a new species of plants to be processed into oil for food. His plane, however, crashes and the spores are released into the atmosphere spreading all over England and presumably the rest of the world. These plants, called triffids, are tolerated in everyone's gardens but develop alarming properties of being ambulant and scavengers. Another freak occurrence happens. Green lit objects fall from the sky attracting everyone to view them with drastic results. Everyone (including birds and animals) become blind except for the rare exception.

Our hero is one such exception. He wakes up in the hospital bandaged up from eye surgery. He heard everyone exclaiming about the green lights and is a little jealous he can not witness them. However, this morning, no one answers his bell, he hears no one in the hall, indeed no sound from outside either. He is due to have the bandages removed any way so he unwraps himself and finds himself the only sighted person.

We follow our hero as he tries to determine the best way to find other sighted people and create a safe place to start civilization over. As one usually discovers in post-apocalyptic stories that events like this bring out the best and worst in people and we see it all.

One of the cute, alarming, interesting themes in the story is how some people are convinced that these events spared America and that help was on its way. Being that the book was written in 1951, I am sure that World War II still had an impact on the morale of the English. ( )
  mamzel | Aug 1, 2016 |
A solid post-apocalyptic science fiction novel with strong anti-war/authoritarian tones. ( )
  kale.dyer | Jul 13, 2016 |
A tiresome little book and rather disappointing really considering how the story could have fared under a more talented writer. I first read Triffids back in elementary school fifty years ago it certainly hasn’t aged well. The Chrysalids was required reading in Ontario Public School and Triffids was encouraged as enrichment. The reading level is quite low, grade 5 or 6 so why it would be on the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die surprises me. In my local library it is in the youth section, not worthy of adult attention. ( )
  ShelleyAlberta | Jun 4, 2016 |
The best John Wyndham book ever! (...in my humble opinion.)

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  Garrison0550 | May 10, 2016 |
The title was of course very familiar to me, but having never seen either television series nor read anything about the title I knew virtually nothing of the story.
Written just five or six years after the end of the second world war, The Day of the Triffids is quite obviously a (just) post-Hiroshima allegory for the human potential for self-destruction. Much more a story of a man-made apocalypse than the simple tale of alien invasion I was expecting and all the more affecting for that. The author’s main theme is speculating on how a decimated society would deal with its altered situation, particularly when under constant attack not only from other countrymen but also from malevolent outside forces.
Surprisingly 'literary' yet with a good dose of B-movie clichés, what more could you want from your sci-fi? ( )
  stevierbrown | Mar 22, 2016 |
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Lord, PeterCover artistsecondary 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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