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CAUTION - Abridged Version!,
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This review is from: The Day of the Triffids (RosettaBooks Into Film Book 24) (Kindle Edition)
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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Initial post: 5 Aug 2013 07:41:33 BDT
This is actually quite sinister. Texts can be changed without warning, and those who come to a book for the first time on Kindle will never know! Amazon should insist that any abridged book is clearly labelled as such. You should be able to get your money back if you buy an abridged version without being warned.
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Aug 2013 21:07:59 BDT
Hear hear! I agree that this is really not okay at all - I'm horrified. Whilst I also agree that you should be able to get your money back - how would you know?! The discovery that Kindle versions may be abridged without being labelled as such has made me furious! Thank you so much for these comments. I'm going to make a complaint to Amazon too...
Posted on 14 Aug 2013 12:22:11 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 14 Aug 2013 20:24:36 BDT
I'm not sure if this helps (I've never read the book) but on Wikipedia it says; "The 1981 TV series and some editions of the book have Masen speculating that the triffids were the creation of the real-life Soviet biologist Trofim Lysenko. According to Masen's narration, the triffids first came to the attention of the Western world when a man named Umberto Christoforo Palanguez presented the Arctic & European Fish Oil Company with a mysterious vegetable oil originating from Russia."
Posted on 6 Sep 2013 17:36:27 BDT
Perhaps you should have read on to discover whether there was much more missing!..I completely agree that if you are getting less than an Authors' intended works, the purchase should be labeled accordingly
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Oct 2013 21:30:30 BDT
John Hopper says:
I have just read this Kindle edition. While it does contain rather a lot of typos, I compared a few points between this and my paperback edition and I don't think this version is abridged.
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Oct 2013 12:43:07 BDT
malcolm tent says:
See if you can find the doctor who commits suicide by jumping out of a window in the early part of the book.
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Oct 2013 16:03:38 BDT
John Hopper says:
Yes, that episode was in my e-book version.
Posted on 8 Dec 2013 18:14:27 GMT
Stephen E. Andrews says:
You need to clarify which edition you've bought, otherwise your 'review' is of no value - amazon are notorious for merging reviews for different editions together. Sounds as if you've purchased a school/EFL edition.
Stephen E Andrews, author, '100 Must Read Science Fiction Novels'
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2014 21:09:51 GMT
Stephen is right. Amazon lists different editions together so no one can know which one this review refers to. If it's of any help, my Penguin edition contains the scenes the reviewer mentions.
Maybe others who've read the book & come here in future might mention what edition they read and whether it's a complete one . . . ?