The most famous catastrophe novel of the twentieth century, John Wyndham’s The Day of the Triffids, published as a Penguin Essential for the first time. ‘When a. The Day of The Triffids by John Wyndham. THE END BEGINS. When a day that you happen to know is Wednesday starts off by sounding like Sunday, there is. Day of the Triffids [John Wyndham] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Unusual book.
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The Day of the Triffids goes a bit beyond sci-fi and into both philosophy and morality. Very reminiscent of a H. Bill Masen, who is in the hospital recovering from a sting that injured his eye, suddenly realizes that not only has everyone lost their sight, but in many ways, their reason.
People who were self-sufficient with their daily existence now have no means to be independent.
To make matters worse, along with this epidemic is a mysterious and somewhat sinister plant, a treffid, that not only can sting and blind, but also has the ability to move from one place to the next. What if we were devoid of troffids because so many people were dependent on others? How would we survive?
What would be the best course of action to rebuild society? What is the morally right approach to take when such a calamity hits? Naturally, within this novel is a sudden collective panic is established with the community, a low morale among the populace as they scramble to secure resources and find means to sustenance.
Some have little hope and take measures into their own hands. Masen tries in many ways to not only discover who can help, but how it can be done. However, as a pragmatic individual, he also realizes that not all can be saved, that there are flaws with each type of solution. Zombies are cool too, yeah, but I think Wyndham handles a more sophisticated and humanistic approach to a serious epidemic and, for this, it makes for a great read.
Within this novel are deep discussion points and ideas that will make you think long after the final page. This science fiction classic has aged remarkably well. It is not quite so groundbreaking or sweeping as George Stewart’s “Earth Abides” but like that bellwether and progenitor of post-apocalyptic fiction, Wyndham’s slimmer novel has a deep thoughtfulness and an observant eye for human behavior.
Likewise, its deconstruction of modern civilization is less bombastic and more realistic than 21st century entertainment likes to project. In “The Day of the Triffids,” an astronomical event strikes most of the earth blind humans and other animals alike.
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At first and as a first time reading this novel having never watched any of triffies myriad live action iterations I found myself a bit confused, thinking that the eponymous triffids must have something directly to do with the astronomical event. But it triffirs became clear that the triffids predated the events outlined in the book, with them being something of a curiosity dag mystery — three-pronged carnivorous plants with the ability to move. As we come upon our narrator, Bill, we find that these plants have spread across the earth but that they are generally herded and controlled by humans, who currently see them as mildly hazardous but only if ignored.
But once humanity is struck blind, the triffids seem to have their day per the title, which might better be Era of the Triffids or Rise of the Triffidshumans cannot see them coming, cannot continue to cultivate and hobble them, and coupled with the general breakdown of society, the coming years see infestations grow. Despite this, the main thrust of the book is really Bill’s experiences post world blindness as one of the handful who luckily retained his sight by failing to watch the astronomical event.
His background as a biologist working with triffids means he has some inkling of their capacities, but most of the book is more about his view of societal dissolution and the small bands of humans building new lives.
Through him we see a number of groups with disparate approaches, giving Wyndham the opportunity to comment on what underpins civilization and the vagaries of human nature. All in all, it is a successful book, dwy the good, bad, and ugly of humanity on full display.
The triffids, while a major force in the new world, perhaps do not deserve the headline treatment of the wyndhak. Still, a good read for SF lovers who enjoy visiting the foundations of the genre.
Although characters of neither world know for sure what caused either fictional plant monsters or reanimated corpses to roam the earth or the plagues of disease that further decimated beleaguered humanity, they suspect and we must agree that we humans–some government, military, or corporate group or groups thereof–having lost control of technological creations, made us the authors of our destruction. See all reviews. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Orlando Penguin Clothbound Classics.
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