The Day of the Triffids . John Wyndham Now, with civilization in chaos, the triffids – huge, venomous, large-rooted plants able to ‘walk’. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. The Day of the Triffids is a post-apocalyptic novel written in by the English science fiction author John Wyndham. Although Wyndham had already written.

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Yhe proves to be a blessing in disguise as during his one week of blindness, a meteor shower has left almost all the people who watched it, blind!

But here again, the human dynamics is largely ignored in favour of Masen’s search for his lady love. The story has been made into the feature film of the same namethree radio drama series inandand two TV series in and At first and as a first time reading this novel having never watched any of its myriad live action iterations I found myself a bit confused, thinking that the eponymous triffids must have something directly to do with the astronomical event.

Bill observes some disturbing things, but like his narrator, Wyndham doesn’t see da to gain by getting particularly upset by them. View all 24 comments. In the middle of the book, there is a talky chapter in which various sighted people debate the options.

Whatever their origin, Triffids began sprouting all over the world, and their extracts have proved to be radically superior to existing vegetable and animal oils.

Compared to today’s thrillers that emphasize individual heroic action, this classic novel appears understated, providing a more thoughtful consideration of what aspects of human nature are likely to help sustain the species in the face of extreme disaster. Yet it is readily acknowledged that such caution will likely result in other folly and miscues. They attempt to establish a self-sufficient colony in Sussex with some success, but they are constantly under threat from the Triffids which mass around the fenced exterior.


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The Day Of The Triffids

My partner told me about ths classic post-apocalyptic novel; I’d not heard of it before. There has been no sign of Josella. Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe.

This was so great! While his vision interested me, the didactic tone, A classic. Within this novel are deep discussion points and ideas that will make you think long after the final page. It was well written, well plotted and kept me interested throughout the book. Dissenting opinions can be made to fail. Despite this, the main thrust of the book is really Bill’s experiences post world blindness as one of the handful who luckily retained his sight by failing to watch the astronomical event.

The main character is a guy called Bill Masen, who was in a hospital outside London with wyndhaam eyes bandaged on the day of the comet. The book has been adapted into that awful version and two BBC series which are both supposedly much better.

From the girl who believes that the Americans will save her to the man who believes that polygamy is the way to jobn brighter future, everyone has an idea on how to survive. Their stingers can be removed, even though they grow back eventually, and they make interesting garden plants. Being an expert on the subject, he speculates that they were deliberately bioengineered in the Soviet Union, and that Triffid seeds were spread worldwide when an attempt was made to smuggle them out of Russia; the escaping plane is presumed to have been shot down, literally scattering the seeds to the winds.


We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. Which, knowing me, would p I have a long fondness for Apocalyptic novels. I have a lot of thoughts so I’ll kf to write up a review later.

Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. In fact, more emphasis is wynduam on the post-apocalypse aspect of the book than the fight against triffids. Notify me of new posts via email. Stay in Touch Sign up.

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Orlando Penguin Clothbound Classics. Careers which he tried included farming, law, commercial art, and advertising, and he first started writing short stories, intended for sale, in This is a sober book. They prefer to be coaxed or wheedled, or even driven.

Terrible Reviews of Great Books: The storytelling gets a bit choppy as Wyndham introduces retina-damaging comets and then backpedals to introduce a carnivorous plant species — one or the other would’ve sufficed for a novel this short — and I didn’t find his explanation for either to be very compelling. This different ending appears to be closer to the ending of The War of the Worlds than to Wyndham’s novel.

Destruction then, whether by bomb or plant, isn’t the point of this book. In the meantime, you can read the entire review triffidd Smorgasbook Historical Dictionary of British Radio. I should try to find some of his others. Which were your favorites? No, it’s more somberly bleak than that. Does it have to be human? The triffids are mainly environmental hazards.