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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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    juan1961: Escritas con muchos años de diferencia, no cabe la menor duda de que enel argumento existen grandes similitudes, lo cual no quiere decir que tengan algo que ver. A quien le guste la ciencia-ficción, no debería desdeñar esta obra de Saramago, más centrada en la ciencia-ficción política o social.… (more)
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    Dark Piper by Andre Norton (DisassemblyOfReason)
    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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    hazzabamboo: Two post-apocalyptic masterpieces, with much of their power coming from their focus on a couple of characters and the exotic horrors that threaten them.
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Horror tale about a dystopia where nearly everyone goes blind from watching a spectacular meteorite display. Holds up well and is just as scary now as it was back in the day when I first read it. Also, the original movie is terrific. ( )
  majkia | Jan 27, 2016 |
This was an excellent science fiction tale. Very well written and held my interest until the end. If you like science fiction you would definitely like this book. I look forward to reading more of Wydham's books. ( )
  eadieburke | Jan 19, 2016 |
Another great John Wyndham book, I love them all! This one has mankind being terrorised by killer plants after most people have been blinded by a meteor shower. Somehow it all seems quite plausible and scary in the book, mainly because it focuses on human behaviour rather than the more fanciful elements. ( )
  AlisonSakai | Jan 11, 2016 |
Well, this was certainly a well-timed follow-up to my reading of The Handmaid's Tale. While Atwood brings us into the middle of the story, after society has been significantly changed and we learn what happened and why through bits and pieces; Wyndham starts at the beginning. Bill Masen wakes up the day his bandages are supposed to be removed only to find no one comes when he calls. Why? An unnatural astrological event as caused the majority of the world to go blind. Oh, and then there's the problems of the triffids.

Wyndham has written what will be used for years to come as the basic formula for zombie and alien invasion stories. Society is forever changed, and now the survivors must figure out how to make things work in the new world.

The only thing I knew about this book going in was the movie made from it in the 60s, which as it turns out isn't much. The movie was grossly altered to indicate the triffids are alien plants which are the reason for the calamity falling mankind, while in the book they are just a preexisting problem that now has a new terror added for those who can't see them coming, or waiting to strike.

Primarily, Triffids is about an apocalyptic event that forever changes the way the world operates and how those surviving make their way now that society has broken down and everything must start over. The writing is smart, structured from the perspective of the main character as a journal of what happens from day one on, similarly to War of the Worlds (but, again, Triffids are not alien invaders, just aggressive plants that attack humans and gain a distinct advantage now that most humans can't see them coming or lying in wait).

While triffids are the title concern, the book is really about human nature and how various aspects of humanity are affected by a world-changing event. What would you do? ( )
  regularguy5mb | Nov 22, 2015 |
Amazing book.

The deadly plant life is a sideshow to a study of human society and its fragility / resilience ( )
  autopoietic | Oct 28, 2015 |
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When a day that you happen to know is Wednesday starts off by sounding like Sunday, there is something seriously wrong somewhere.
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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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