PENGUIN BOOKS THE DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS JOHN WYNDHAM COMPLETE UNABRIDGED Unknown Binding – 1956
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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?
This is a classic book. It was on the GCE curriculum. It is a desecration to mutilate it in this way. Furthermore, there is nothing to suggest that the book has been abridged
1) There are satellite weapons hanging in the sky - out of sight and out of mind, but threatening the world with germ-warfare, nuclear attack and other ghastly inventions of amoral science;
2) A plant has been bred or genetically modified by the dastardly enemies of democracy, to provide a very useful type of oil that is going to make fish oil and a range of other profitable oils obsolete, thereby threatening certain Western economic interests.Read more ›
The hero and narrator Bill awakes in hospital following an accident. He finds that just about the entire population of London has gone blind following a comet and it seems that he is the only one who can still see. He emerges into the silent, ruined, confused & helpless world and begins his journey to survive. Now that no one can see there is no longer any order and blind people very quickly die or descend into anarchy. Meanwhile the Triffids, a new genetically modified stinging plant, become a very real and dangerous threat now that human superiority is gone.
The first couple of chapters of this novel have never been bettered in painting an electric atmosphere. The reader gets a very real sense of the isolation and danger in the new world. It's no surprise that "Wyndhamesque" is an adjective often used to describe gripping and eerie atmospheres in books and film. Reading the opening you are left biting your nails watching the action unfold as if you were actually there.
As well as a great story there is a great deal of thought behind this book. There is much discussion about what the new society of survivors need to survive, and some augments about religion, class and morals along the way.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
well recommended and well worth the time while I was waiting in the GUM to deal with my own Triffid problem.Published 23 days ago by Alex Chard
It amazes me when people say 'Not enough triffids'. It makes me think they've only seen that awful movie and not read this amazing book. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Mr B Samborski
Of its time, but still a good read, raises a number of 1950's social issues.Published 26 days ago by aurora
I first read this in the 50s. and have read it many times since. It has never lost its capacity to thrill, entertain... and warn.Published 1 month ago by BattyJ
Glad I finally got round to reading this. I've been meaning to read this since I was a child but only just got the round to read it now.Published 1 month ago by Blair Bowman
Although I knew the story, as I had seen a couple of different film versions, I really enjoyed this book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Seagull