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Maybe it’s the thought that, should the world end, I would be one of the survivors. Sep 17, Richard Derus rated it really liked it.

The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham – Review

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. You’ve only seen this kind of thing after a party, but down in sunny Ecuador they see it any time-and no hangover to follow! The story is a bit more complex than the typical Cold War sci-fi movie which wjndham boils down to individualism versus collectivism; it’s there, but just not as obvious.

This proves to be a blessing in disguise as during his one week of blindness, a meteor shower has left almost all the people who watched it, blind!

What got me was the ease with which civilization is destroyed. Most of the plotline concerns the different types of communities that are formed after the global blindness event. Strange sentient plants move about attempting to nosh on the newly helpless. The Day of the Triffids is rather similar. Bill Masen, who is in the hospital recovering from a sting that injured his eye, suddenly realizes that not only has everyone lost their sight, but in many ways, their reason.


In 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 when I first read it, even then it was groundbreaking, radio programmes, films wow what a concept. Despite this, the main thrust of the book is really Bill’s experiences post world blindness as one of the handful who luckily retained his sight by failing to watch the astronomical event.

Retrieved 24 June Realizing that this plague is insufficient for his purposes of utterly destroying civilization, the author deploys a second doomsday device, in the form of bioengineered, intelligent, carnivorous plants capable of using their roots as legs and preying now on the helpless humanity.

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. We are experiencing technical difficulties. The story turns to creating a new civilization through either small groups or larger communities with various schemes to repopulate and resettle or simply survive.

Co-operation groups spring up pretty quickly, both voluntary and otherwise, where sighted people assist the blind in surviving. The end of the world came dyndham two parts, one of which was definitely of our own doing.

The next stop in my end-of-the-world reading marathon was The Day of the Triffidsthe man-versus-plants tale by John Wyndham. Archived from the original on trifids May The Outsider Albert Camus. Still, an wyndhm, quick read for SF lovers.

Francis McComas praised it, saying “rarely have the details of [the] collapse been treated with such detailed plausibility and human immediacy, and never has the collapse been attributed to such an unusual and terrifying source. The Day thd the Triffids. However, another science fiction writer, Brian Aldisscoined the disparaging phrase “cosy catastrophe” [9] to describe the subgenre of post-war apocalyptic fiction in which society is destroyed save for a handful of survivors, who are able to enjoy a relatively comfortable existence.

Jan 09, Manny rated it it was ok Shelves: Sold by Onlyqualityseller and ships from Amazon Fulfillment. Instead, the tale concentrates on the moral issues behind various pathways for human survival in the face of apocalypse, with the triffids just an added challenge to the mix. Three and a half stars.


For some reason, I had the impression that Day of the Triffids was about the sudden tricfids of man-killing mobile plants. My first view, therefore, of a development which was to play such an important part in my future, as well as in so many other peoples, was a glimpse sandwiched between a hula contest in Honolulu and the First Lady launching a battleship.

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Through no fault of anyone, a tiny group of people are simply more competent. After most people in the world are blinded by an apparent meteor showeran aggressive species of plant starts killing people. I’ve read it wwyndham times since, and is one of the books I think about most. It has walking killer plants for ray sakes!! Retrieved 12 August Ah, the British stiff upper lip. Bill backtracks to explain his occupation and how it landed him in the hospital.

Durrant’s talk of Beaminster was a deliberate attempt to throw Masen off the scent. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.

As always, the worst post apocalyptic dangers seem to be largely comprised trifids disparate groups of survivors vying for control.

A scary look at a potential post apocalypse situation- the majority of the population are blinded by comets, while ambulant flesh eating triffids do their stuff.