The Day of the Triffids
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A man wakes up in hospital. He has a bandage over his eyes - they are due to be taken off today. But where is everybody? As he peels the bandages off, he discovers a world where everyone has gone blind. But this misfortune for humans is a wonderful opportunity for the triffids, giant walking plants which feed on human flesh.
This book is going in the (virtual) tutti-frutti bookbox.
The only jarring thing was the apparent lack of emotion in some of the characters. Josella for example seemed to mourn for one night and move on without a backward glance or another thought for her poor father.
However I loved the book and I'm going to seek out other books by the author.
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To be released at the Cardiff meetup
I felt it was as much about the sociological consequences of an apocalyptic event as much as the horror of the triffids. Leaving me, as with all his works, a 'what if' feeling.
Participants (please PM me of you wish to join):
1. samulli (Germany)
2. KathyS (UK)
3. isisjem (UK)
4. celticseahorse (UK)
5. GingerGeoff (UK)
6. GateGypsy (Canada) <------ book is here
7. piemunga (Australia)
8. katie1980 (Malaysia)
Thanks molekilbi for letting me read it!
Considering his book was written in 1951 it has held up admirably. I was really quite impressed that the story didn't seem dated at all. I wouldn't exactly say that the story will "haunt me for the rest of my life" (as implied by a quote from the Sunday Times on the blurb), but it certainly was an entertaining read.
As a biologist I have a bit of trouble with the feasibility of the concept of triffids, but I was able to suspend my disbelief in that regard quite easily (I just love stories where humans get all but wiped out, so I am not too picky on the details).
I agree with starry-starry that the characterization was in some parts done a bit sloppily. Josella didn't really come to life for me up until the last third of the book and some other characters seemed quite one-dimensional as well.
But nevertheless I am happy to have had the chance to finally read this book. One more example of the growing collection of post-apocalyptic fiction. I just love this genre.
As soon as I have KathyS' address the book will travel on.
The book is not really about the triffids, more about humanity's courage, determination and ability to survive whatever is thrown at it. Written during the Cold War, it highlights just how close the world came to total destruction in the 1950s while, at the same time, reminding us that we still can't take life as we know it for granted. Although nucleur weapons are never mentioned, the menace is there in the book and is still with us to this day. It becomes all too apparent how poorly civilisation would cope when put under extreme pressure. Some of the decisions Bill makes made me wonder what I would do it his position. I have to admit that I know I wouldn't cope and would probably be one of the first to fall fowl of the triffids.
Over the last three years I've managed to work my way through five of Wyndham's books and I've enjoyed every one. This is not my usual choice of genre but I have found each of them compelling and thought provoking. I'm also glad that none of them feel particularly dated so that the themes are still relevant today. I would highly recommend this book and hope that the other readers in this ring enjoy it as much as I did. Thanks for sharing this with me Molekilby - who happens to know how much I'm enjoying my Wyndham read-a-thon and is keeping me regularly supplied with more material ;o) Cheers!
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Sent 2nd class today. I hope it arrives safely and that you enjoy it :o)
I've wanted to read this forever. I was a small child when the BBC did their adaptation and I can remember wanting to stay up and watch it and more often than not got sent to bed before it had finished.
One of the digital channels showed the series again recently but I missed the first and last episodes. I'll be reading this next.
I agreed with the other readers who thought the characters would have benefited from more development. In fact I think this novel would have benefited from more pages so you had enough time to get into the story and care about the characters more.
I did think this novel was highly thought provoking. When I'd finished it I was left with all kinds of what if's and it made me look at the issues surrounding an apocalyptic situation Eg. I started off thinking more people should have survived. Then when it went on about mob rule I was pleased more hadn't as that would be a big issue to deal with.
I can see how this novel has greatly influenced "28 Days Later..." and similar modern works.
One thing I did find hard getting to grips with was the time scales of events in the book. At times I felt these were contradictary. One moment it would give you an impression days had passed and then it would be only a day and then years seemed to skip by.
At the start of this book I couldn't see much point of the triffids in the story and they didn't seem so menacing as watching the drama as a small child. However, as the book progressed I could see the full implications and horror of having them on the loose...
Pming the next person on the list for this book.
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Mailing this off to celticseahorse - the next person on the list. Enjoy!
It is next up to read
Thanks for sending Isisjem, and Thanks for ring Molekilby.
Wyndham''s version seemed to stand up against these real events?
I really enjoyed Mr Palanguez and the wry humour around that part of the book.
"The discoverer and inventor are the bane of business. A little sand in the works is comparitively a mere nothing - you just replace the damaged parts, and go on. But the appearance of a new process, a new substance, when you are all tickling nicely, is the devil. Sometimes it is worse than that - it just can''t be allowed to occur. Too much is at stake. If you can''t use legal methods you must try others"
I wonder what is being suppressed now?
I agree with others, some of the characters were not very rounded but what a wonderful motley bunch they were. The various reasons why they hadn''t lost their sight was also interesting Wyndham seemed to be putting the finger of fate up there for examination.
There were some great digs at different sections of the community . The looting and foraging reminded me of another book I read recently Spinelli''s Milkweed, set during the holocaust, where the street kids survive best because they are already well equipped with these skills and different sense of morality.
I could imagine this making a great radio play with the chattering Triffids.
I found I had mainly remembered the beginning with him in hospital with bandages and strange lethal plants called Triffids. I think the world menace of the cold war particularly struck me at my first reading because I went on to become a great Solzenitsyn fan. The biological warfare menace went straight over my head as did the modification or special breeding of plants.
I enjoyed this, there were some weaknesses but it is interesting to read something written in 1951 which covers topics which are still very pertinent today.
Thanks Molekilby for ringing this. I have Gingergeoff''s address and will be getting it in the post.
PS. Thanks Isisjem for great Chinese pc
I will locate and pass this onto the next person in the ring...
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Sent to GateGypsy as they are next on the bookring.