Day of the Triffids, The by John Wyndham(31 ratings)
|Title||Day of the Triffids, The|
|Submitted by Anonymous |
The day of the triffids starts off as Bill Masen has his eyes bandaged due to a work accident wakes up in hospital to an eerie silence, no nurses, no doctors or no breakfast. He gets impatient and removes his bandages to find everyone else in the town is blind! Actually most of the world is blind due to the previous nights fascinating green shooting stars (broken pieces of comet entering the earth’s atmosphere). Bill finds a woman (Josella) who can also see and they both join a group of people that escaped blindness as well. London is crumbling down and the blind are no match for the triffids deadly poison. These group of people have to make a new way of life completly to survive and keep the human race going. GREAT BOOK! Just a bit short.
|Submitted by arthurfrayn |
Whydham's first person narrative is very effective, with plenty of good descriptive writing. The events that lead up to blinding of the world are well handled. Once we get into character interaction, the novel runs into a bit of trouble. His dialogue in general, is awkward, and his discussion of sexual politics is exceptionally so. It lacks the lunatic goofiness of a VanVogt , when he stumbles through this kind of material like a blind elephant ,so it doesn't even have a camp appeal to wash it down. Still,considering the other strengths of the novel, it's a weakness I'm willing to forgive. On a side note: I imagined Josella as Joan Greenwood from those old Ealing Studios movies like "Man in the White Suit".
|Submitted by Archren |
The British know how to handle apocalypses. They go about their business quite sensibly, all told, and that is one of the reasons that I enjoyed “Day of the Triffids” quite a bit. One day the world wakes up, and almost everyone who was up the night before has gone blind. Only those lucky few who happened to be shut away somewhere come out sighted. Civilization of course, promptly collapses. Our hero and heroine meet each other wandering around London, learning how to escape from the clutches of blind people hoping for salvation. There are more threats, of course, than simply our own demons. The formerly castrated triffids, ambulatory plants with a nasty sting, have never needed sight to be effective…
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