The Day of the Triffids

by JOHN WYNDHAM | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0140009930 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Caroley of Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on 12/20/2008
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8 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Caroley from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Saturday, December 20, 2008
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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.

Journal Entry 2 by Caroley from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Sunday, March 22, 2009
This was wonderful! I'd expected it to concentrate mostly on the Triffids, which as I'm a fan of sci-fi would have been fine. Instead it concentrated more on the mechanics of survival in a world gone mad, with life complicated more and more by the Triffids. Even better than I'd imagined. If anyone saw the original or more recent series of Survivor on the TV, it put me in mind of that ever so slightly. I wonder if the creator of the series had read this book?


Journal Entry 3 by Caroley from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Sunday, March 22, 2009
1001 books
A few guidelines:
1. Journal the book when you receive it so I know it arrived safely.
2. PM the next person and make a note that you've done so.
3. Take as much time as you need to read it, but try and move it along within a reasonable time.
4. Mail the book to the next person. PLEASE put on a JE or release note when you've done this.

Ray is now closed to new participants.

Danielle23 (UK, ship UK)
Lucy-lemon (UK, pref ship UK [I])
DryKid (UK, pref ship UK)
Jozebedee (UK, ship UK)
Pinkydinky (UK, pref ship UK/EU [I])
Gwendy (US, pref US [I])
Ray is now finished. Thanks to everyone for participating

Journal Entry 4 by Caroley at Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Saturday, March 28, 2009

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Off on the first stage of its journey.

Hope you enjoy it!

Journal Entry 5 by Danielle23 from Sunderland, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Arrived today Carole, and with such a lovely card too. Will get on to reading this as soon as possible, thank you xx

Journal Entry 6 by Danielle23 from Sunderland, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Friday, April 03, 2009
I loved this book and it had me gripped from the very beginning. Although there wasn't as much mentioned of the triffids as I expected the story developed well and when the triffids were mentioned it added more to the atmosphere.

I only wish the book continued a little more so I could learn what happened to the community, and in essence the world, that would have been very interesting. Thank you for sharing this book Carole, I love a good bit of sci-fi and this has become one of my favourite 1001 books.

Will be posting on to Lucy later today xx

Journal Entry 7 by Danielle23 at Sunderland, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Friday, April 03, 2009

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Sent along to lucy-lemon, the next in the ray. Enjoy Lucy xx

Journal Entry 8 by lucy-lemon from Llandudno, Wales United Kingdom on Tuesday, April 07, 2009
I found this outside my door when I got back from my weekend away. What a great book to come home to! I started reading it last night, and couldn't put it down. Such a great book so far, and I'm looking forward to seeing what's going to happen.

Thanks for sharing the book, and thank you Danielle for the gorgeous card!

Journal Entry 9 by DryKid from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Thanks for posting this on to me Lucy and for the lovely card, I hope to read and pass it on within a week.

Journal Entry 10 by DryKid from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Tuesday, April 28, 2009
I really enjoyed reading this book about a post apocalyptic world where only the lucky few still have the power of sight. I found the insight into human psychology when faced with disaster, utter destruction and the problem of how to rebuild a society extremely fascinating. The Triffids are more a backround menace and the story concentrates more on how people try to survive when the world which they once knew has all but disappeared.

The influences of events following the Second World War on the author is quite apparent, and having been written in the early 50's is a reflection of the then growing menace of the Soviet Union. I haven't been a huge science fiction fan in the past, maybe I haven't read the right books, but this was brilliant. Thanks to Caroley for sharing this, and to Lucy for passing it on.

Journal Entry 11 by DryKid at by mail, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, April 29, 2009

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Posted to the next person in the ray, Jozebedee. Hope you enjoy the book as much as I did.

Journal Entry 12 by Jozebedee from Nantwich, Cheshire United Kingdom on Friday, May 01, 2009
Thanks DryKid - I've received the book safely. Will get to this asap - thanks for starting this one Caroley!

Journal Entry 13 by Jozebedee from Nantwich, Cheshire United Kingdom on Monday, July 06, 2009
I really enjoyed this book, and read it all this weekend. I was also under the impression that the book was about the triffids taking over, but quite enjoyed the way in which the story told of their species taking advantage of the disaster which happened on earth. No sooner had I put the book down, when I switched on the TV and found to my delight that BBC4 are showing the series originally aired in 1981! What a coincidence!
Thanks again Caroley for sharing this book - sorry it has taken me so long to get to!
Awaiting Pinkydinky's address, and then will send off.

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Sending off in the post to pinkydinky.

Journal Entry 15 by pinkydinky on Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Arrived today. Just started another book so this is top of MTBR.

Journal Entry 16 by pinkydinky on Friday, July 24, 2009
I loved this book. Fantastically well written. As others have said before me it was more about the people and how different people coped in different ways with the situation. The Triffids added extra menace to the whole situation. It left me wanting more which is always a good sign.

Journal Entry 17 by pinkydinky on Thursday, July 30, 2009
Posted today. Sorry for the delay.

Journal Entry 18 by gwendy from Rochester, New York USA on Monday, August 03, 2009
Rec'd today, TBR next

Journal Entry 19 by gwendy at Rochester, New York USA on Sunday, September 20, 2009

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I enjoyed this book much more than I realized I would. More even than the Triffids, I found the behavior of people in the end of the world scenario fascinating. Their thought processes and rationalizations, how different societies and sub cultures began to develop. Thanks so much for sharing his book, I'm really glad I had a chance to read it!

Sent along to the new last member of the Ray.

Journal Entry 20 by ladyofunicorns from Santa Fe, New Mexico USA on Monday, September 21, 2009
I just received this book in the mail today. I already am in the middle of reading another ring and when that is done, I will start this one. Thanks for sending it on! Shouldn't be more than a few days from now!

Journal Entry 21 by ladyofunicorns from Santa Fe, New Mexico USA on Friday, October 16, 2009
I loved this book. It has to be my favorite of the "1001 books" I have read so far. I realized that I was the end of the ray and was told I could basically do what I want with it. :) I have a co-worker that I told a tiny bit to and she was very interested. I am passing it on to her. I hope she enjoys it as much as I have!

Journal Entry 22 by ladyofunicorns at Santa Fe, New Mexico USA on Friday, October 16, 2009

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Giving this book to a fellow co-worker and if she isn't a bookcrosser, I hope she becomes one! I also hope she enjoys.

Journal Entry 23 by ladyofunicorns from Santa Fe, New Mexico USA on Sunday, January 31, 2010
I received it back from the person I gave it too. She said she loved the story.

Am adding this to Laevina's Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror bookbox.

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