The Day of the Triffids

The Day of the Triffids In 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

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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 hisIn 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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    1. Some books can be quite ill-served by their title. 'Not enough triffids!' would complain those lured to this book by the promise of a fun sci-fi romp centered around carnivorous sentient plants - just to find something entirely different.But you gotta agree - a more appropriate title for this unexpected gem of a book such as "How complete disintegration of society and civilization as we know it, the sudden helplessness and the painful realization how little it takes to throw us off our tenuous p [...]

    2. A classic.Sometimes classic is good.Sometimes classic is interesting.And sometimes, it's classic just because it was first, not best.For me, Triffids is a classic in the last sense, as one of the first novels in an era exploring the end of civilization. Colored by recent events of World War II, many writers in the 50s focused on nuclear holocaust. Wyndham went a slightly different direction, forseeing genetic manipulation and biological warfare. While his vision interested me, the didactic tone, [...]

    3. Audrey II: Feed me!Seymour: Does it have to be human?Audrey II: Feed me!Seymour: Does it have to be mine?Audrey II: Feeeed me!Seymour: Where am I supposed to get it?Audrey II: [singing] Feed me, Seymour / Feed me all night long - That's right, boy! - You can do it! Feed me, Seymour / Feed me all night long / Ha ha ha ha ha! / Cause if you feed me, Seymour / I can grow up big and strong.John Wyndham published his novel The Day of the Triffids in 1951 and it’s influence on speculative fiction si [...]

    4. “When a day that you happen to know is Wednesday starts off by sounding like Sunday, there is something seriously wrong somewhere”Not exactly up there with “It was the best of times etc.” but a great opening line I think. The Day of the Triffids is John Wyndham’s best known and most popular book by far. A case can be made for some of his other books being better,The Chrysalids andThe Midwich Cuckoos for instance, but “Triffids” is the people’s choice, and having just reread it, d [...]

    5. For a person who claims not to like science fiction, I read and enjoy quite a lot of it! (In my professional life, I would now expect my students to rephrase their claim, as it is obviously not matching the evidence, but being stubborn, I stay firm!)This is a thought-provoking novel, and it has not lost much of its message since its first publication. Humankind is still prone to self-destruction by carelessness and short-sightedness, and we still have diverse ways of dealing with and interpretin [...]

    6. Everything seemed fine with the domesticated Triffids until the Earth passed through the tail of a comet, blinding much of the world's population. It was then the Triffids struck!I love the proto-sf of the first half of the 20th century, when the lines between sf and horror were more blurred than they are now. Day of the Triffids is one of those books that many things that came later owe a debt to. The roots of the survival horror genre can be found within its pages, in my opinion. Many zombie f [...]

    7. One of the reasons scifi gets a bad rap is that so much of it is so very shitty, and here's a prime example. There was a major strain of woman-hating, mansplaining, faux-intellectual, oft-Randian bullshit that sprang up in the latter 20th century, spearheaded by the idiot propaganda of Robert Heinlein and Ray Bradbury; this miserable 1951 book was a harbinger.The setup is standard scifi: human overreaching leads to a holocaust. In this case the overreach takes the shape of mass blindness - like [...]

    8. For some reason, I had the impression that Day of the Triffids was about the sudden attack of man-killing mobile plants. 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.Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read [...]

    9. The next stop in my end-of-the-world reading marathon was The Day of the Triffids, the 1951 man-versus-plants tale by John Wyndham. After an apocalyptic journey across the United States in The Stand and Swan Song, it was fascinating to read about how the U.K. might tackle doomsday and I have to say that the stoic and unruffled British response gave me hope for mankind's endurance. With the first of several imaginative chapter titles (The End Begins) and cheeky wit, Wyndham introduces our narrato [...]

    10. When I was about 14, I read my father's old Penguin classic copy -- a bright orange paperback from the 1950s. And absolutely loved it. I've read it countless times since, and is one of the books I think about most. Officially my favorite book. Having said that -- it has no literary pretensions, most characters are fairly one dimensional, and the triffids themselves (walking, thinking, carnivorous plants) I have always thought of as a rather annoying distraction. What gripped me, and grips me sti [...]

    11. Stop me if you've heard this one before. It's a shame we don't have some ham. (You're supposed to say "Why?")Well, because then if we had some eggs, we'd have ham and eggs! Gotcha.The Day of the Triffids is rather similar. It's lucky that scientists haven't used bioengineering to create a deadly but slow-moving carnivorous plant. Because then if a mysterious comet caused everyone to go blind overnight, we'd all be sitting ducks!It's not quite as bad as I'm making out. Admittedly, on a scale of s [...]

    12. Post-apocalyptic fiction, now, has come of age. We are familiar with the desolate landscape of a planet destroyed by war/ pestilence/ pollution/ unexplained natural or supernatural event, populated by a handful of "normal" people trying to survive amidst hostile flora and fauna, as well as a large number of "abnormal" people - zombies, vampires, cannibals take your pick. The Stand, I Am Legend, The Road, Cell the list could be extended endlessly. In fact, unless in the hands of a skilled author, [...]

    13. I didn't plan ahead, but in a funny (or disturbing) coincidence, I've read this book on the fated day when the world ended, May 8 according to John Wyndham :When a day that you happen to know is Wednesday starts off by sounding like Sunday, there is something seriously wrong somewhere.The opening chapter is one of the best in the genre, with protagonist Bill Masen waking up in a hospital and trying to understand what is wrong with the world around him without relying on his bandaged eyes. It soo [...]

    14. 4.0 stars. I am very glad that I finally got around to reading this classic post-apocalyptic novel. I really liked Wyndham's writing style and the way he presented the story. It was well written, well plotted and kept me interested throughout the book. As with most really good post-apocalyptic science fiction novels, the true point of the story is the exploration of human nature by showing how different people act when the society they have grown up in falls apart. Recommended!!!

    15. This 1951 novel was written when nuclear war and the potential end of civilisation as it was known was a more immediate concern than today. Early in the book there is an oblique reference to Lysenko and the Soviet Union - which helps to date it to that post war period. Truly Wyndham's concern is not with the potential end of civilisation itself, but really with what comes next.Destruction then, whether by bomb or plant, isn't the point of this book. It becomes a device to get to the Robinson Cru [...]

    16. I have a long fondness for Apocalyptic novels. The Stand was one of my early favorites from junior high school, and I really enjoyed its cousin by Robert McCammon, Swan Song. There's something about the End Of The World that just grabs me and won't let go. Maybe it's the thought that, should the world end, I would be one of the survivors. The rule of law would break down, all shackles of modern life would be loosed, and I would finally be free to choose my own destiny. Which, knowing me, would p [...]

    17. Reread or rather listened to the audio narration from Kindle Unlimited. As a kid, I liked the movie. Needless to say, the book is better and much more detailed than the movie. Triffids, a mobile plant, have been around for a while. They are caged or anchored to spot and used as decoration. They also have a poison stinging whip that kills humans. One night, a green meteor shower lights up the sky and all that watch it are blind by morning. The great majority of the population is blinded. Only tho [...]

    18. Really enjoyed this post-apocalyptic tale which I wasn't expecting to like so much. It didn't really sound as dated as some other books of the time and was quite humorous in places. What a great opening line too!

    19. I was 1 year old when this book was published so, understandably, didn't read it for a number of years after that, Think it was around 1958 when I first read it, even then it was groundbreaking, radio programmes, films wow what a concept. One of the very early novels that dealt with mass extinction of humankind and the consequences of survival. Science fiction was really still in its infancy in those days and authors like Jon Wyndham were laying the ground for the massive genre it became. In 195 [...]

    20. A book everyone should read. I love it when a story takes a jab at humanity and how balls up it generally is or can get. A rather amusing, cleanly told story. 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. It has walking killer plants for goodness sakes!! Read it, and you'll never look at your garden in the same way againVery cleanly written, short and interesting.

    21. Satisfying apocalyptic tale published in 1951. A mysterious massive meteor shower makes the vast majority of people on the planet blind, resulting in the collapse of civilization. The small population of sighted humans struggle with various strategies of survival and competition for resources. The disaster allows some unusual mobile carnivorous plants, widely nurtured because of valuable oils, to spread widely and threaten human extinction, the triffids. My memory of the book from my youth, dist [...]

    22. My partner told me about this classic post-apocalyptic novel; I'd not heard of it before. I enjoyed Wyndham's writing style and the way the story unfolded. It's a short read and will possibly make you scared of plants but the main focus of the book aren't the Triffids but how humans survive in the middle of a disintegrating society. Of course the book shows its age and the attitude towards disability and women is not a very modern one. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed this read.

    23. Lectura conjunta para el Hell-o-win con el grupo La cafetería de Audrey"Los que poseen algún tesoro siempre llevan una existencia precaria""El día de los trifidos" se presenta como una obra como pocas, tras una serie meteoritos que dejan ciega a toda la población del mundo que disfrutó observándolos, aquellos que mantienen su capacidad visual deben buscar sobrevivir, lo cuál incluye aprender a realizar actividades básicas como cocinar u obtener agua, evitar ser sometidos por aquellas per [...]

    24. Children have a different convention of the fearful until they have been taught the proper things to be shocked at.Gauging our current run of apprehensions, one would be wise to explore this gem of the dystopian curve. The proliferation of hydrogen bombs and biological warfare certainly chilled the time of John Wyndham. The possibility in recent weeks of a thermonuclear exchange makes this novel all the more relevant today. Day of the Triffids is a meditation. There is no epic effort to capture [...]

    25. Minunat este stilul lui John Wyndham Oamenii nu mai aveau realitate nici măcar în amintiri. Cu toții deveniseră o pagina îngălbenită a istoriei, ca auditoriul din Colosseumul Romei sau ca vasta armată asiriană.Cum să nu îți atingă sufletul?Lirică, profundă și emoționantă, Ziua Trifidelor a fost publicată la începutul anilor '50, într-o lume încă bântuită de ecourile macabre ale celui de al doilea război mondial și înspăimântată de perspectivele din ce în ce mai pr [...]

    26. Read this for the first time years ago, must have been when I was about 15 but suddenly thought I would post a few Wyndham reviews whilst eating my lunch cos he is a brilliant writer; although John Wyndham and a comfortably swallowed lunch probably are not the best of bedfellows. The story in some ways is of a skewed natural world in all its many guises rising up and seeking revenge. Whether it be, initially, the comet shower which most people go out to gaze upon and are then blinded by its affe [...]

    27. The Good:It was an interesting look at how the apocalypse and its fallout might've appeared to Brits shortly after WWII. I thought the atmosphere of loss and dread was conveyed very well, and the story was exciting and well paced.The Bad:It showed its age, as everything eventually does I guess. Most glaring for me were the characters - with the cynical, no nonsense hero and his ditzy female sidekick, it felt like an extended episode of Garth Marenghi's Darkplace.'Friends' character the protagoni [...]

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