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The Day of the Triffids (1951)

by John Wyndham

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6,3811831,174 (3.99)4 / 571
When a freak cosmic event renders most of the Earth's population blind, Bill Masen is one of the lucky few to retain his sight. The London he walks is crammed with groups of men and women needing help, some ready to prey on those who can still see. But another menace stalks blind and sighted alike. With nobody to stop their spread the Triffids, mobile plants with lethal stingers and carnivorous appetites, seem set to take control. The Day of the Triffids is perhaps the most famous catastrophe novel of the twentieth century and its startling imagery of desolate streets and lurching, lethal plant life retains its power to haunt today.… (more)
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    The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells (clif_hiker)
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    Blindness by José Saramago (infiniteletters, juan1961)
    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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    Earth Abides by George R. Stewart (infiniteletters)
  4. 50
    The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham (timspalding)
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    The Country of the Blind and Other Science-Fiction Stories by H. G. Wells (sturlington)
    sturlington: Alluded to in the novel.
  6. 30
    The Death of Grass by John Christopher (Rynooo)
  7. 20
    The Night of the Triffids by Simon Clark (Cecrow)
    Cecrow: Sequel by another author
  8. 20
    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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    The Road by Cormac McCarthy (hazzabamboo)
    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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    Bird Box by Josh Malerman (sturlington)
    sturlington: Blindness and monsters
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    The Kraken Wakes by John Wyndham (timspalding)
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    Mutant 59: The Plastic-Eaters by Kit Pedler (infiniteletters)
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    The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin (Booksloth)
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    The Furies by Keith Roberts (infiniteletters)
    infiniteletters: The Furies is definitely on the hokier side.
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I picked this paperback up randomly at the used book store. I'd heard of (but not seen) the movie, but was unaware that it was a novel as well. I love vintage sci-fi, and I expected it to be a little bit hokey and dated. I was surprised at how well this story holds up, despite being published in, I think, 1951. There's a couple of things you have to take on faith, because the science isn't exactly cutting edge, but the overall story is well-paced and interesting. And if you accept the premise, the triffids are believable (and creepy) adversaries. ( )
  TheGalaxyGirl | Aug 6, 2021 |
A scary science fiction novel about the end of the world as we know it, when a comet comes to earth, blinds most of the population, and spawns 7-foot walking plants with poison stingers that take over the world, leaving a few stragglers to struggle to survive. Pretty innovated, suspenseful and great. ( )
  Jimbookbuff1963 | Jun 5, 2021 |
It's been awhile since I read this one but I do recall that it was delightful and odd... one of the funny things is that it combines TWO weird premisses into one book... "What if everyone in the world lost their sight?" (echoes of H.G. Wells' "The Country of the Blind," for sure) and "What if there were a strange alien species of ambulatory plant on the loose?" somehow these combine to something fun, silly, scary, and fascinating all at once. Not my fave Wyndham (I think that would be "The Chrysalids") but well worth a read. ( )
  francoisvigneault | May 17, 2021 |
The underlying story is based on two factors. The creation of a walking plant by genetic manipulation and the blinding of the population through satellite weapons being accidentally set off , possibly by a cloud of meteors. Given those premises there is a good story of how humans survive the disaster. John Wyndham writes well and creates meaningful actors. ( )
  064 | Mar 10, 2021 |
This is one of those books where one element of the story has entered public consciousness and actually drowned out the actual, well, story of the book. So everyone knows about the triffids, ambulatory plants which can kill by means of a whip-like stinger. Most people who haven’t read the book probably assume the triffids are alien, but the book actually suggests they were created in a Soviet laboratory. I’ve seen a couple of adaptations of the novel, and I had still forgotten that the entire plot, and menace of the triffids, is predicated on a global outbreak of blindness, caused by lights in the night sky (conveniently forgetting that half the planet would not be in darkness), initially blamed on a comet, but later implied it might have a human technological cause. The protagonist is not blinded because he was in hospital with his eyes bandaged, and the story is basically his survival story, along with the other few who were not blinded, and the various factions the sighted people have separated into. And all the while avoiding the triffids. I did at first wonder why the two things – blindness and triffids – when one or the other on their own would have provided sufficient drama. But the triffids are too easy to avoid by sighted people, and blindness alone wasn’t enough to cause human civilisation to collapse in such a short time-frame. The Day of the Triffids is definitely a book of its time – not just the sexism, but the comfortable middle-classness (so much so, one character in the book can “translate” from working-class to middle-class; this is, I hasten to add, British class, not American, and the two are not the same), and the relative ease with which the survivors manage to build sustainable communities. There’s a blink-and-you-miss-it condemnation of fascism, but this novel, like many of Wyndham’s novels, is a pretty good example of a “comfortable catastrophe”. I enjoyed it, but it was a much lighter read than I’d expected, and it’s certainly a well-known historical sf novel… but one for those eager to explore the history of the genre, including those novels some would have you believe are not genre… ( )
  iansales | Feb 9, 2021 |
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Bergey, EarleCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bridge. AndyCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bulgheroni, MarisaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Doeve, EppoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fruttero, CarloContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gierth, PatrickCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Langford, BarryIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Leger, PatrickIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lord, PeterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lucentini, FrancoContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Malcolm, GraemeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Morris, EdmundIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Powers, RichardCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Salwowski, MarkCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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When a freak cosmic event renders most of the Earth's population blind, Bill Masen is one of the lucky few to retain his sight. The London he walks is crammed with groups of men and women needing help, some ready to prey on those who can still see. But another menace stalks blind and sighted alike. With nobody to stop their spread the Triffids, mobile plants with lethal stingers and carnivorous appetites, seem set to take control. The Day of the Triffids is perhaps the most famous catastrophe novel of the twentieth century and its startling imagery of desolate streets and lurching, lethal plant life retains its power to haunt today.

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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)

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