The Day of the Triffids . John Wyndham Now, with civilization in chaos, the triffids – huge, venomous, large-rooted plants able to ‘walk’. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. The Day of the Triffids is a post-apocalyptic novel written in by the English science fiction author John Wyndham. Although Wyndham had already written.

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In his book Billion Tje Spree: It is queer how our protagonists wish to avoid the missteps of history. I loved this book too, the science held up surprisingly well to this day — definitely a book worth buying in paperback and taking up valuable shelf real estate! This novel was written when nuclear war and the potential end of civilisation as it was known was a more immediate concern than it mostly is today.

You know, one of the most wyndhaam things about it is to realize how easily we have lost a world that seemed so safe and certain.

The setup is standard scifi: An unabridged paperback edition was published in the late s in arrangement with Doubleday by Fawcett Publications World Library, under its Crest Book imprint. tricfids

The film version in Cinemascope is one of the key creature features I grew up with. The novel was adapted to radio readings by the BBC as early as No, it’s more somberly bleak than that. The eventual threat of the triffids originated, as one would expect in the Cold War society, from the unexplainable and mysterious depths of the enemy Russia.


The invading Triffids succumb to a substance common on Earth, as do the Martians of The War of the Worlds when they die from bacterial exposure, and both films end on a religious note which is quite unlike Wyndham.

He moves from situation to situation with relative ease. Many zombie flicks owe a debt of gratitude to this book.

I also think the reflection on the limitation of theoretical knowledge is spot-on, showing the difficulty to apply theory without practical advice and guidance. That’s where Wyndham in a very detached, frequently deceptively neutral and sometimes even deadpan delivers the examples of various conventional and not-so-conventional societal set-ups none of them even remotely ideal which all challenge ethical principles and societal conventions in so many different ways – and the trouble is, some of them may be necessary in this forever changed world.

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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Bill escapes and starts to search for Josella, and in the process of locating her saves a girl called Susan, and continues looking. Several years pass until one day a representative of Beadley’s faction lands a helicopter in their yard and reports that his group has thee a colony on the Isle of Wight. How do we go on as a society – and is te even a place for society as we know it? Where am I supposed to get it?

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Explore the Home Gift Guide. If there was no meteor shower people would have gone on happily farming triffids for fun and profit. According to director Danny Boyle, 28 Days Later writer Alex Garland was inspired by the opening sequence to the book and film to write the film. Retrieved 1 October But it soon became clear that the triffids predated the events outlined in the book, with them being something of a curiosity and mystery — three-pronged carnivorous plants with the ability to move.


However, with its terrifyingly believable insights into the genetic modification of plants, the book is more relevant today than ever before. It’s not quite as bad as I’m making out. And I would have woken up stone blind the next day. But to survive in this post-apocalyptic world, one must survive the Triffids, strange plants that years before began appearing all over the world. The Bowie Book Club: Heaven alone knew as yet what others might arise —and it looked as though there would be plenty of them — but they would be new.

But here again, the human dynamics is largely ignored in favour of Masen’s wgndham for his lady love. I should try to find some of his others.

Unfortunately, the introduction of Josella, a modern, liberated writer–although not nearly as liberated as her Shades of Grey stories would have her seem–proved to be problematic for me. The Day of the Triffids.

Instead, the tale concentrates on the moral issues behind various pathways for human survival in the face of apocalypse, with the triffids just an added challenge to the mix.

It supports a detachment, a removal from the urgent and adrenaline.