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The Day of the Triffids [Kindle Edition]

John Wyndham
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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.

Contains an introduction by Barry Langford.

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* I had forgotten just how real this 1951 classic seems - and am impressed by how eerily relevant it now appears. The Observer * by Alex Jennings, the clear-cut narration lends itself well to Bill's creeping sense of doom. The Bookseller * Jennings carries all the characters with consummate skill. * Remains fresh and disturbing in an entirely unexpected way. The Guardian

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¿One of those books that haunts you for the rest of your life¿ Sunday Times

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 865 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (20 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9YOG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (222 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #81,340 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Brilliant 5 Oct. 2007
Academics have written enough about this novel to fill an entire shelf at least, and that is perhaps not a good thing since it tends to detract from the fact that this is a marvellously entertaining and thought-provoking work, maybe the single best British SF novel of the Twentieth Century.
For those not in the know, triffids are genetically engineered six foot mobile plants whose main stalk ends in a trumpetlike `flower' from which a prehensile stinger can lash out. The stinger contains venom strong enough to kill a man. The triffids can also uproot themselves and walk on their three ambulatory roots. Also, they have sticklike growths which drum against the main stem, creating a rattling noise with which some believe they communicate among themselves.
For reasons we needn't go into, some years before the opening of the novel a large number of triffid seeds was accidentally released into the upper atmosphere ensuring that they were dispersed across the planet. Not so long after, triffids began growing and multiplying everywhere.

At the start of the novel however, triffid researcher Bill Mason, who has been in hospital after an accidental triffid sting to his eyes, awakens to a strangely silent world. As his eyes were bandaged he was one of the few people to miss a worldwide display of cometary debris burning up in the earth's atmosphere.
Soon he discovers that the strange fireworks have burnt out the retinae of everyone who witnessed them. In the days that follow, the very few who have kept their sight attempt to reorganise, but it is only Bill who realises that now the infrastructure of civilisation has disappeared, the triffids may now become masters of the earth.
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63 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite ever novel! 15 Sept. 2007
Here I sit at 19, about to go back to university for my second year studying English and I find myself wondering how I can value a mid 20th century science fiction novel over all the classics and anything else on my bookshelf.

Then I look at the front cover and see the quote "One of those books that haunts you for the rest of your life" and realise that quote sums up in one sentence exactly why I love this book to the exclusion of all others.

I must have first read this at age 11/12 and having done so many times since it NEVER loses its appeal. A love story, a story of immense tragedy, of politics, of the fragility of modern life and above all of the undeniable essential nature of mankind Wyndham incorporates all these facets into a perfect tale.

Perhaps I am viewing it through rose tinted glasses because of the effect it had on me at such an impressionable age, but judging by everyone else's reviews I doubt this very much. I don't think I am being melodramatic when I say this novel opened my eyes to the true nature of the world. The characters are perfect, I felt like they were real people and at the end of every reading I am sad to close the last page and say good bye to them, if only for a short while.

My dog eared and much loved copy takes pride of place on my bookshelf. This is a novel for anybody out there who looked at the world around them and wondered... what if?
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars CAUTION - Abridged Version! 25 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Day of the Triffids is a favourite from my childhood that I revisit often. However, this is not the full text; some scenes seem to have been considered surplus to requirements: The suicidal doctor; Umberto and the exposition of the Triffids' origins and worldwide spread (I didn't read much further once I realised). They've made a mess of it too; Umberto is mentioned later in the text despite having been excised, for example. I could see no mention of the fact that this is an abridged version. Avoid.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is a book that really does deserve the term "classic".

It is best remembered for the haunting scenes of the first few chapters, in which Bill Masen wakes up in a hospital bed to find the world he knew yesterday has changed utterly and that mankind is suddenly in a struggle for survival (scenes which are borrowed wholesale for the opening of the film "28 Days Later").

The premise 'Attacked By Killer Plants That Walk!' might sound like a B-movie but this is in fact an extremely clever novel, and immensely ahead of its time. The triffids themselves are for most of the book a symbolic and menacing distant threat, not Star Trek-style talking aliens with an evil masterplan. The real danger in the books comes from human flaws rather than killer plants.

The novel touches on all sorts of themes, including genetic engineering and Dr Strangelove-style missile stand-offs. Wyndham has spent a lot of time on a post-apocalyptic re-think of everything from religion and morality, industry and farming, the role of children, to the role of the military. This is all packed into a relatively short and extremely entertaining narrative.

It is 'science fiction' but should be read broadly, not just by science fiction fans, as although it is now more than fifty years old, it has aged surprisingly well. It is, as another reviewer has said, crying out to be made into an up-to-date film that does justice to the story.

It's a excellent book that's difficult to put down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing beats a classic
Love the book love the film. The detail makes you feel like you're in the moment and the reality of what happens when society completely breaks down..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great memories
I read this when I was a lot younger after seeing the film. I enjoyed it a great deal and have loved reading it again
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great post apocalypse story, slightly spoiled.
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i was awed when reading this novel as a child, and now, nearly 70 years later, it still has me in thrall
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