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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent and shocking piece of work, 17 Mar. 2009
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This review is from: The Death of Grass (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
I've been wanting to read this for ages, so jumped at the chance to buy it now it's been reprinted. I read it in an afternoon and was not disappointed. If anyone's intending to buy it then don't whatever you do read the introduction, which is so laden with spoilers that it was the only thing that reduced my enjoyment of the whole thing in any way.

I've read in many places, including one of the other reviews here, comparisons with The Day of the Triffids, saying that this is much more realistic and that TDOTT is all stiff upper lips and cosy catastrophe. I find this a little unfair because Wyndham's work is set in a world where there are almost no survivors, and as such bears little comparison with the disaster unfolding here. Indeed, Wyndham's main character explicitly realises at one point in TDOTT how different (and bloody) things would be if 10 or 15 per cent of the population had survived, so he has that base covered. Rather than comparisons with TDOTT, which must come more from the fact that both books come from the same era than from anything else, this book made me think more than anything else of a prequel to Cormac McCarthy's deeply disturbing The Road.

In short TDOG is excellent, but has not toppled TDOTT from my Number One for this type of fiction.
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Initial post: 18 Jul 2009 16:51:54 BDT
D. says:
Thanks for the heads up on the intro.

Posted on 11 Feb 2011 00:08:06 GMT
You're totally right - don't read the introduction, anyone!

Posted on 25 Jul 2011 13:29:35 BDT
Maciej says:
I completely concur on the introduction - it almost made me renounce to read this book - avoid it at all price!

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Dec 2012 12:31:14 GMT
Argggh wish I'd read this before the book, yes, the most ridiculously spoiler-rich introduction in literature.
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