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This is a sober book. It started with a comet. Jul 30, Michael rated it really liked it Shelves: So most of the predictability and relative monotonousness of the narrative could be forgiven: It supports a detachment, a removal from th urgent and adrenaline. As the story begins, Masen is in the hospital recovering from a triffid attack on his eyes.

The next stop in my dzy reading marathon was The Day of the Triffidsthe man-versus-plants tale by John Wyndham. They attempt to establish a self-sufficient colony in Sussex ghe some success, but they are constantly under threat from the Triffids which mass around rtiffids fenced exterior. Bill escapes and starts to search for Josella, and in the process of locating her saves a girl called Susan, and continues looking.

Unless there should be some miracle I was looking on the beginning of the end of London – and very likely, it seemed, there were other men, not unlike me, who were looking on the beginning of the end of New York, Paris, San Francisco, Buenos Aires, Bombay, and all the rest of the cities that were destined to go the way of those others under the jungle.

Masen and Coker decide to follow Beadley to Dorset. Consciousness of fashion was the mainspring of the place. View all 40 comments.

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Book ratings by Goodreads. You can see why he loves her: It is a good science fiction novel, that kept me at the pages all the way to the end.


Wyndham wisely does not introduce the triffids immediately, instead choosing to focus on integrating the reader into this new world. He rescues Josella, a famous author who can also see, from a group of blind who were using her as their eyes.

A rather amusing, cleanly told story.

The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham. Joined by a repentant Coker, Masen drives to the address, a country estate called Tynsham in Wiltshire.

Animal Farm George Orwell. The disaster allows some unusual mobile carnivorous plants, widely nurtured because of valuable oils, to spread widely and threaten human extinction, the triffids. What got me was the ease with which civilization is destroyed. It was her insistence that he impregnate a harem–although she would chose the two lucky ladies. Retrieved 11 February And sometimes, it’s classic triffiids because it was first, not best.

Conventional morals and usual laws collapse with the society that created them. This going headlong for things is a mechanistic view, and people in general aren’t machines. For other uses, see The Day of the Triffids disambiguation. As a kid, I liked the movie.

I think it may have come from truffids sense of facing something quite fresh and new to me. This plant had fantastic possibilities in the realm of SF – alas, unrealised now.

There has been no sign of Josella. Through him we see the fate of London and the British countryside. Strange sentient plants move about attempting to nosh on the newly helpless. Being attacked by a triffid actually seems preferable to surviving one, especially if you were blinded.

To ask other readers questions about The Day syndham the Triffidsplease sign up. Wyndham chillingly anticipates bio-warfare and mass destruction, fifty years before their realization, in this prescient account of Cold War paranoia. After a wide experience of the English preparatory school he was at Bedales from to And while they’re not intelligent, they are remarkably It’s not quite as bad as I’m making out.

Bill is assigned to one and Josella to another. As for the triffids, they are a symbol for human intervention in natural environments, but they remain rather bizarre and undefined. The few sighted people must decide whether to help the people around them, or to go off and set up their own society. A condensed version of the book also appeared in Collier’s magazine.


There’s a gladness about being able to put a manly shoulder to problems and get on with solving issues in a straight forward practical kind of way, despite this it is not an entirely uncompassionate society judging by how the blinded citizens are treated, but it is a survivorist’s fantasy in the chalk downlands of southern England view spoiler [ perhaps unsurprisingly the story relies on magical never ending supplies of fuel, despite the apparent breakdown of commercial normalcy, nor does trirfids run out of salt or tinned goods, which hard on the heels of Britain’s World War Two experience seems beyond unlikely hide spoiler ].

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While his vision interested me, the didactic tone, the half-baked attempt at romance and the quelle suprise characterization of women downgraded my enthusiasm. Amongst the many, many, many oh so many crappy post apocalyptic books out there, this still has to be one of the best and most original. While reading this book by John Wyndham, I had to keep in mind that this genre was still relatively new in Naturally, within this novel is a sudden collective panic is established with the community, a low morale among the populace as they scramble to secure resources and find means to sustenance.

Others use the blind as labor gangs with a sighted person leading. Through no fault of triffics, a tiny group of people are simply more competent.