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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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Gauging our current run of apprehensions, one would be wise to explore this gem of the dystopian curve. From the girl who believes that the Americans will save her to the man who believes that polygamy is the way to a brighter future, everyone has an idea on how to survive. The few sighted people must decide whether to help the people around them, or to go off and set thee their own society. With no civil authority coming to help and more Londoners resorting to suicide, Bill determines that they need to evacuate the city before the corpses pose a health hazard.

However, as a pragmatic individual, he also realizes that not all can be saved, that there are flaws with each type of solution.

One of the very early novels that dealt with mass extinction of humankind and the consequences of survival. I shall choose two nice, sensible girls. Three and a half stars. Wyndham describes rashes of suicides, accidental deaths and, of course, murder in just the first few days.

Lists with This Book. Running into a pub across the street, Bill finds two blind men. Specimens in captivity break free, and growing numbers of them become bolder and more aggressive every day. Triffids are tall, carnivorous, mobile plants capable of aggressive and seemingly intelligent behaviour, which arrived on Earth as spores from a meteor shower. Wyndham wisely does not introduce the triffids immediately, instead choosing to focus on integrating the reader into this new world.


As always, the worst post apocalyptic dangers seem to be largely comprised of disparate groups of survivors vying for control. Science fiction is not my favorite genre but this classic had me rethinking my mild aversion.

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The Triffids quickly take full advantage of the edge over wyndgam that events have given them. A character named Coker tries to create a society that protects the blind, and everyone dies, so Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. He determines that assisting them would only delay the inevitable. It starred John Duttine as Bill Masen. You can be on the doin’ and dyin’ team. Read more Read less.

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Clarke called it an “immortal story”. All the old problems, the stale ones, both personal and general, had been solved by one mighty slash. The Day of the Triffids. While reading this book by John Wyndham, I had to keep in mind that this genre was still relatively new in Around the Year i The Day of the Triffids, by John Wyndham.

Because I love astronomy. Retrieved from ” https: Here, biological warfare is contemplated as one of the possible reasons for the development of the triffid. Soon, Masen is wandering around a London populated by a mass of groping blind people, and a handful of sighted ones who react to the situation in different ways.

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Retrieved 27 Feb He is one of the rare ones who pf see. I would assume Penguin would produce an intact edition. Humankind is still prone to self-destruction by carelessness and short-sightedness, and dag still have diverse ways of dealing with and interpreting catastrophe. Bill observes some disturbing things, but like his narrator, Wyndham doesn’t see much to gain by getting particularly upset by them.

So I was surprised when it was revealed that the triffids had been around for a long time and a worldwide case of blindness was the cause of the catastrophe – the triffids merely took advantage of it.


Others have remarked tue the similarities in style to the work of H G Wells, and point out that the prose and the characterization are not really up to modern standards, but I find nothing wrong with the ideas at the center of tritfids novel, and comparisons to the likes of War of the WorldsThe Time Machine or The Island of Dr. When I was about 14, I read my father’s old Penguin classic copy — a bright orange paperback from the s.

Bernard Gordon Philip Yordan. The narrative begins with Masen in hospital, his eyes bandaged after having been stung by a Triffid at one of the farms.

In spite of their nasty habit of whacking people on the face with their retractable sting, they were kept well under control by the farmers. So we get a tour through the civilized options – socialism, feudalism, theocracy – while Wyndham sputters that they’re unworkable next to John Galt’s solution: Archived from the original on 10 May This point of taking for granted the benefits of the industrial revolution is one of the aspects that is as valid today as inand one of the main reasons I consider the book still relevant.

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Explore the Home Gift Guide. If there was no meteor shower people would have gone on happily farming triffids for fun and profit. 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.

This is also a very post WWII English story and its perspective is clearly consequential from the earlier conflict.

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