- Series: 20th Century Rediscoveries
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Modern Library; Reprinted edition (July 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812967127
- ISBN-13: 978-0812967128
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 402 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A thoroughly English apocalypse, it rivals H. G. Wells in conveying how the everyday invaded by the alien would feel. No wonder Stephen King admires Wyndham so much."
"John Wyndham's The Day of the Triffids is one of my all-time favorite novels. It's absolutely convincing, full of little telling details, and that sweet, warm sensation of horror and mystery."
--JOE R. LANSDALE
"My son's middle name is Wyndham. Does that tell you how much I respect and revere the late John Wyndham? And The Day of the Triffids is the best of them all. He was a wonderful writer who was able to reinvigorate science fiction with spectacle and true thrills, and do so with a writing voice that created both suspense and elegance. A true master."
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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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I find the writing unique and intriguing. At first H.G. Wells appeared to write that way but later you can see his politics creeping through. John Wyndham may have an agenda as he describes human nature in this book but it enhances and does not overwhelm the story.
The story is of course a, "what would you do in a situation", which is pretty much the end of the world as we know it. The book has a more plausible story than the movies. It is more economical than terrestrial as displayed in the movies.
Readers may have a wide range of what they like or dislike about the story but all agree on the author as well worth reading.
Wyndham also wrote "The Midwich cuckoos." Another end of world scenario.
Just a warning do not leave this book anywhere near your house plants.
There are so many ideas in this book that still weave their way through so many zombie and end of the world novels. As I was reading, I kept coming back to the idea that this may been the first time these ideas saw their way in print. I really enjoyed the story and came to appreciate the authors contribution to so much fiction I enjoy today
The story starts in London, the morning after the world witnesses a fantastic bright green meteor shower. Unfortunately, everyone who looked at the meteors is blind by morning, which is most everyone. Everything quickly falls into madness. But just incase mass sudden blindness isn't enough fun for everyone to deal with, there's the aggressive plant species called the triffids that can walk on their roots, communicate with each other, and possess a deadly poisonous sting that allows them to kill humans and eat their flesh. Fun stuff.
Bill Masen, who is a biologist that studies triffids, wakes up on that fateful day with his eyesight still in tacked, since he had spent the night in the hospital after eye surgery. The story follows Bill's journey throughout England as society crumbles around the blind and the triffids begin to take over.
The writing in this story is done with such care and detail. It's a meticulous book, the focus being on the language and prose as much as the actual story. I enjoyed the concepts explored in this story, particularly the fact that the only thing that made the humans superior to these plants was their ability to see. Once sight was taken away and humans were reduced to a sort of animalistic state where they wrecked their society that had made them superior, everything was up for grabs.
This wasn't a fast paced action packed novel by no means. But by pulling the pace back and focusing on detail, John Wyndham is able to explore how the various groups of seeing survivors create a semblance of new order, government, and meaning of life.
I would recommend this book to anyone that's a fan of classic literature, exploration of the Cold War (as this entire book is one big allegory to that time period), and to fans of post-apocalpyitc tales.
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