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The Day of the Triffids (Fast Track Classics) Paperback – 31 Oct 2003

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Product details

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Evans Brothers Ltd; New edition edition (31 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0237525364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0237525361
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 13.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 692,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This title is part of a series that presents retold, shortened versions of classic novels that are suitable for children working at Key Stages Two and Three. This retelling of "The Day of the Triffids" intends to lose none of the strength and character of the original.

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Just a warning to anyone about to buy from Fast Track Classics-they sell abridged versions of books. I never read the product description and just picked the cheapest book. When my book arrived today i realised its practically a brochure, not even worth reading. I was disgusted that i had wasted my money and disappointed that it wasnt made more obvious when i was paying for the book.
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This book is without doubt one of the best Sci Fi books around. I would go further then that and say it is also one of the best books written in terms of the English Language. Wyndham has a wonderful way with words. seldom if ever found these days. I will stick my neck out and say he is up there with Dickens and HG Wells in terms of conveying the beauty of the English Language.
Although dated in some respects, this is a book which will haunt you for the rest of your life. it covers so many aspects and makes you re think things. Although a defining disaster Novel this book is still relavant 52 years later (It was published in 1952)
I will not go into the plot of the book which has been aptly described by other reviewers here but will say that it is a Novel that everyone should read at least once in their life. If you are a Sci Fi buff you will love it. If you love the beauty of the English Language you will adore it also. In short, something for everyone!. Enjoy"!!
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The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham is a classic science-fiction/horror tale. It begins ordinarily enough: a man is in hospital with bandages over his eyes from some sort of accident (you find out later on). We learn that over the past few days there have been a number of meteor showers across the world – apparently beautiful and unmissable. Unfortunately (but luckily for the man with bandages over his eyes), looking at the flashes of green light make you blind. In fact, everyone who has seen them has gone blind (at exactly the same time!). If this wasn’t bad enough, the Triffids have started their attack. These strange plant-like creatures with tentacles that act like stinging whips have begun to take advantage of their position (they can walk!). Perhaps carnivorous, the things pose a very real threat to the future of mankind – some people, like the man in hospital are unaffected by the blindness for whatever reason.
The remainder of the story follows the last surviving humans; they must cooperate to escape and start a life safe from the now dominant creatures on Earth.
Overall, a thought-provoking ending to an exciting and original (at the time) book. Highly recommended.
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I expected the full novel. Instead, only after receiving the product, I found that it is a shortened version, for impatient readers or students. It should be written in large block letters on the first proposal of buying: bold, red, etc. that this is not the original version of novel but rather the "reader's digest".
Everything else was okay with this product.
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HASH(0x9d5fc8dc) out of 5 stars Essential Reading for Science Fiction Fans 19 Feb. 2013
By R. G. Bright - Published on
Format: Paperback
One of the ten best books every written in the 20th Century and the best science-fiction novel ever written. THE DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS was the inspiration for the recent zombie movie, 28 DAYS LATER. Numerous imitations have been written but nothing beats the original. In the near future, a meteor storm offers an international spectacle that lures everyone outside after sunset to enjoy. But the lights ultimately blind everyone by morning and 99.9 percent of the world's population is blind. To add horror to a chilling scenario, Triffids have multiplied and begun eating humans like a Venus flytrap digests flies and bugs. The protagonist theorizes how the survivors will have to go back to the dark ages. Learn how to plow, grow their own food, harvest, prune, learn how to become blacksmiths and other tasks we took for granted. Supermarkets are a thing of the past. But every chance of survival through groups from religion to military do not offer escape or hope.

Well written and a story that will keep you in suspense. Recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d5ad1d4) out of 5 stars A very interesting and entertaining book 4 Jan. 2014
By The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson - Published on
Format: Paperback
It was such a surprise when the triffids first appeared – ambulatory, carnivorous plants. But, such things were for poor third world people to worry about. However, when a brilliant and unexpected meteor shower brings people out of doors to watch, and subsequently blinds them, it is something for everyone to worry about. Bill Masen was in the hospital with his eyes bandaged, and as such is one of the few people left who can see, but what he sees is a world gone mad. What can he do in this strange new world, and what should he do?

This interesting book by English science-fiction author John Wyndham (1903-69) is a true classic of the genre. I enjoyed the monstrous triffids, which were well designed, and I enjoyed the way the story moved from horror to the social commentary of characters deciding how to live in such a new and different world, and back again – which gave the book a philosophical feel, while at the same time staying quite entertaining from beginning to end.

This is a very interesting and entertaining book, one that I am very glad I read. If you want to read a great work of science-fiction, then I highly recommend that you get this great book!
HASH(0x9d644678) out of 5 stars The Day of the Triffids. 13 May 2014
By M. A. Foenander - Published on
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Don't just go on the movie,the book is way better than the 2 movies made about this.It makes you think of what you would do being in hat situation .One of my all time favourite novels.
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d644834) out of 5 stars 44 reviews of book 16 Jan. 2005
By T. bailey - Published on
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