The Day of the Triffids

The Day of the Triffids

eBook - 2010
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The Times wrote of John Wyndham's terrifying post-apocalyptic thriller The Day of the Triffids that it had, "All the reality of a vividly realized nightmare." It may best serve our purposes to tell what triffids actually are. Triffids are odd, interesting little plants that grow in everyone's garden. Triffids are no more than mere curiosities until an event occurs that alters human life: what seems to be a spectacular meteor shower, turns into a bizarre, green inferno that blinds everyone and thus renders humankind helpless. What follows is even stranger: spores from the inferno cause the triffids to suddenly take on a life of their own and they become large, crawling vegetation with the ability to uproot itself and roam about the country attacking humans and inflicting pain and agony. William Masen somehow managed to escape being blinded in the inferno (yet he was still hospitalized, eyes bandaged following surgery), and he is now one of the few surviving human beings who can see and who can avoid being attacked by the triffids and who just might be able to save mankind from the terrible chaos as well as possible extinction. The Day of the Triffids is generally held to be Wyndham's finest novel, and it was his first truly significant work. Wyndham's writing style has aptly been described as "speculative fiction". However, the real power of this book lays not in its pure invention but rather in its matter-of-fact depiction of such bizarre phenomena happening so suddenly in the midst of day-to-day life. The narrative voice of William Masen is calm and reasoned as he describes the ongoing nightmare and the attempt of those who try to prevail as he recalls the struggle from an almost historical perspective. The story is therefore mesmerizing and has never lost its quiet terror.
Publisher: [United States] : RosettaBooks, 2010.
Made available through hoopla, 2010.
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athompson10 May 26, 2016

Classic sci-fi tale. Much more suspenseful than I thought it would be, but it ends too abruptly. The Bill-Josella romance is unrealistic and a distraction from the story of survival after worldwide catastrophe.

Dec 16, 2015

An unjustly neglected classic of British sci-fi, "The Day of the Triffids," like the best of its kind, has all the thrills of the genre, as well as a deeper, daker social resonance. After a meteor shower leaves most of the inhabitants of Britain blinded, society crumbles and homicidal plants (seriously) take over. The survivors try to start again, but end up fighting with each other as much as they do the triffids. Wyndham's writing is swift, direct, and restrained; despite the outlandish plot, there is a real sense of dread, a harsh view of human nature, and a firm grasp of the apocalypse. Written during the Cold War, it certainly captures a dark and paranoid mood much better than its mainstream counterparts. In our age of bio-terrorism, failed states, and widespread poverty, the book has lost none of its relevance and power. The opening of "28 Days Later" (hero in hospital, deserted city) owe a lot to this

Kereesa Sep 09, 2015

Read Persnickety77's review below. This is literally the most spot on review I have ever read.

Nov 17, 2014

This is the most British apocalyptic book I've ever read

Jean-Pierre Lebel
Feb 29, 2012

"Day of the Triffids" is an excellent story. Highly relevant reading for people during the end of the Cold War era when people lived with the still continuing threat of Mutually Assured Destruction. These days we're most concerned about the spread of some horrible virus, but the effects of each would be the same. A sparsely populated world after a cataclysmic event leaves the story's main characters with desperate problems to solve. John Wyndham covers several interesting philosophical and social challenges. This is highly recommended reading.

Jul 20, 2011

Picked up this book after my dad told me it was on his reading list when he was in school. Love it! Good dry british humour and man-eating plants. What's not to like?

Jan 04, 2011

"Day of the Triffids" is John Wyndham's classic post-apocalyptic science-fiction thriller. Written in the early 1950's, the story is filled with dramatic cold war undertones. Throughout the novel, Wyndham examines morality in the context of a breakdown of societal structures. An old-fashioned romance subplot between Bill and Josella rounds out the tale. Wyndham's writing is solid but unremarkable. Readers should prepare to suspend disbelief because the plot seems hastily constructed and built upon a foundation of flimsy contrivances.

Sep 12, 2010


Dec 06, 2009

Good adventure yarn.

drewsattack Sep 02, 2009

1951 was a good year


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SPL_STARR Jun 16, 2015

"When a day that you happen to know is Wednesday starts off by sounding like Sunday, there is something seriously wrong somewhere."

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