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Timeless story which is written very well
on 19 September 2017
I've been given this book to read for a college course and was really excited. It was first published in 1951 and was the start of a post-apocalyptic genre which has become very popular today. This story become very famous in the 1980s when it was filmed for the BBC, imprinting the image of the triffids in everyone's minds. I had never read the book though.
It's a fairly small book at 270 pages, split into 17 chapters and is written in the first person narrative. This makes it really feel as though you are seeing the world though Bill's eyes, which is rather ironic based on the blindness that has hit the population.
All the way through I found it fascinating to think about the author's thought process - was it sci-fi? was it fantasy? or is it rather prophetic?
As the reader you really get a feel of the narrator's shock at the events as they unfold and appreciate how quickly the new world becomes normality to him. Bill's voice is strong and consistent through all that happens to him.
It's intriguing to see the instinctive reactions of those that have been blinded and how that effects the behaviour of those still able to see.
The writing is intelligent and stands up well to the passing of time. There is an ageless quality to the disaster as once the electricity goes then this world could be anytime in the past century.
I found the story telling brilliant and never doubted the plausibility of the plot. The reader's intelligence is never questioned and there are no obvious answers to anything.
Time passes and is dealt with well without the dates being fed to the reader on a plate.
Initially the story is based in London and I particularly like that as I could recognise many of the places that Bill was exploring with fresh eyes.