The Day of the Triffids Paperback
by John Wyndham
'One of those books that haunts you for the rest of your life' Sunday Times 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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 07/08/2008
- Category: Science fiction
- ISBN: 9780141033006
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Review by pinkyslippers
I can't believe I've never read this classic disaster novel until know. Wyndham's tale of hope at the end of the world as we know it is a well-paced spine-tingling tale of nature's ultimate revenge of man and is a cautionary tale of bioterrorism backfiring on us. Ultimately the book is a tale of human survival against all odds, and how people react in a disaster and turn into their baser selves. I read the book in a weekend and it has stayed with me. If you haven't read this I would highly recommend it.
Review by eleanor_eader
No matter how many times I come across this story, or in what incarnation, I always find the beginning unutterably creepy – to wake up blind, in a world that has fallen silent, to feel around the edges and discover that it’s not just a local condition, but one that spreads out in every direction, gives me, frankly, the heebs.I’ve just reread this post-apocalyptic jewel sixteen years (ish) since the first time I picked it up. You can’t really <i>forget</i> the general plotline of <i>The Day of the Triffids</i>, (cosmic light show, blindness, sighted ‘survivors’, giant man-eating plants wandering about like psychopathic ents which lie in wait in hedgerows and gardens while the hero tries to figure out which of the myriad plans for the ‘future’ he encounters are viable) but I had entirely forgotten being delighted by Wyndham’s writing style, and by the sociological and philosophical course of the narrator’s thoughts and dialogue. And, really, just how well he conjures the air of menace brought about by ambulatory, stinging stalks. I mean, they sound preposterous, but if you saw one you’d run. Something about the fact that they are unreservedly <i>lethal</i>, and possess something that seems to lie between instinct and intelligence. I repeat, <i>heebs</i>.Entirely worth reading. Entirely worth <i>re</i>reading. Just don’t expect me to do any gardening for a week or so.
Review by fothpaul
Very good story, some writing I felt was a little bit long winded. Can't fault the overall plot but there seemed to me to be a few unnecessary parts which did not add much to the story. Definitely worth reading though. Would read more of Wyndhams work.
Review by elliepotten