The Day of the Triffids Paperback
by John Wyndham
Part of the Penguin Modern Classics series
When Bill Masen wakes up blindfolded in hospital there is a bitter irony in his situation.
Carefully removing his bandages, he realizes that he is the only person who can see: everyone else, doctors and patients alike, have been blinded by a meteor shower.
Now, with civilization in chaos, the triffids - huge, venomous, large-rooted plants able to 'walk', feeding on human flesh - can have their day.
The Day of the Triffids, published in 1951, expresses many of the political concerns of its time: the Cold War, the fear of biological experimentation and the man-made apocalypse.
However, with its terrifyingly believable insights into the genetic modification of plants, the book is more relevant today than ever before. John Wyndham was born in 1903. After a wide experience of the English preparatory school he was at Bedales from 1918 to 1921.
Careers which he tried included farming, law, commercial art, and advertising, and he first started writing short stories, intended for sale, in 1925.
During the war he was in the Civil Service and afterwards in the Army. In 1946 he began writing his major science fiction novels including "The Kraken Wakes", "The Chrysalids" and "The Midwich Cuckoos".
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 16/12/2000
- Category: Classic science fiction
- ISBN: 9780141185415
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Review by pamelad
Bill Masen wakes up in a deserted hospital to find that the rest of the population has been blinded by the bright green radiation that lit up the sky the night before. Opportunistic flesh eating plants escape their plantations and roam the streets, killing people for food. Small groups of human survivors form colonies with the aim of perpetuating the species. First published in 1951, this is a cold-war nightmare, with genetic warfare taking the place of the nuclear holocaust. The stoical, matter-of-fact tone and the fifties British class-consciousness, however, lend a lightness that makes Triffids an easy read, reminiscent of John Buchan.