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The Day of the Triffids (20th Century Rediscoveries)
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am 4. März 2017
John Wyndham wrote several unique Sci-Fi books, made into movies good, bad r ugly. That is how I found Him through several of the films one of which is "The Day of the Triffids."

I find the writing unique and intriguing. At first H.G. Wells appeared to write that way but later you can see his politics creeping through. John Wyndham may have an agenda as he describes human nature in this book but it enhances and does not overwhelm the story.

The story is of course a, "what would you do in a situation", which is pretty much the end of the world as we know it. The book has a more plausible story than the movies. It is more economical than terrestrial as displayed in the movies.

Readers may have a wide range of what they like or dislike about the story but all agree on the author as well worth reading.

Wyndham also wrote "The Midwich cuckoos." Another end of world scenario.

Just a warning do not leave this book anywhere near your house plants.
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A kind of utopian novel with a fascinating topic! I really liked it, it was well written and easy to read - in fact it was a bit difficult to stop in between as you wanted to know what would be happening further. This is what a book should be like!
In the book's world there is a certain kind of flower called "triffid" which can move from place to place and has a poisonous sting with which it can kill people or at least make them blind. Man's only power to control it lies hidden in his ability to see and to stay away from the sting - but on a certain night most people become blind when they're watching what they think to be comets. Only few keep their sight because of different reasons. Now a struggle begins for the sighted: Shouldn't they remain with the blinds and provide them with food, clothes etc? Or should they move out of the big cities and build communities in order to make humankind survive at all?
The main character Bill has to find his way between these two questions and his own moral values. Besides, this is also the story of Bill and Josella who fall in love with each other. After they have been separated because of some reason Bill needs to find out where Josella is and tries to make his way alone until he finds her. But people have to become more and careful since the triffids are becoming more and more dangerous. Read the novel and be prepared to experience the changes of a society that falls apart, of a different "power" (the triffids) gaining more and more ground and of the survivors struggling in this new world.
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am 28. April 2000
My first introduction to The Day of the Triffids was watching the BBC series as a child. I was terrified. Many years later I opened the book and discovered John Wyndham. Having read all his books I rate this one right at the top.
Like his other titles, the reader is immediately immersed in the "what if" world that Wyndham creates. The protagonist, Bill Mason is one of the few people in the world not sent blind by a meteor shower. To compound his situation earth is taken over by Triffids; walking, man eating plants, biological abominations created by you guessed it, humans. Our hero must flee the death and depravity of London and attempt to start a new life not only for himself but for humankind.
A battle for survival of the fittest is dramatically played out with the winner changing constantly. Some themes that I found interesting included the struggle for man to again dominate over nature and the effect of a cataclysmic event on human inter-relations.
This book is classic Science Fiction but I also like think of it as Horror without gore.
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am 11. Juli 2001
Biological invasion is one of the most actual topics in ecologic research: agressive species invading ecosystems, replacing endemic ones. This is mainly about european mussels infesting north-american lakes or grey squirrels taking over from the red ones, but imagine a species would threaten our place, as Windham did in this novel (in the 50s!): semi-intelligent, mobile plants with poisonous stings invade earth after most of humanity was blinded by a strange radiance from a "comet shower". The very thrilling story deals with the people's struggle for life and civilisation. It's lots of action, the plot is always very realistic (especially the human behaviour in disaster)-a great book!
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am 25. Mai 2001
If you liked Huxley's "Brave New Worls" you might as well like this one! Entertaining story with lots of suspense and also so much philosophical and at the same time current topics! Almost unbelievable that this book was written in the 1950s! From genetic engineering to the development of characters under extreme conditions, from dangerous situations to be coped with to a very realistic and down to earth love story, from fiction to reality...this story has almost everything! What would be the best form of building up a new society in case such a thing would happen??? Think about it!
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am 14. Juli 2000
I was initially skeptical that "science fiction" almost fifty years old would be able to keep my interest on the way back from Christchurch, but the sign at Whitcoulls said it was one of their "top 100 books of the century."
What a great read!
Wyndham does an excellent job getting us interested by opening with the "crisis" -- Bill Masen wakes up in his hospital room expecting to have his bandages removed after an eye injury, but instead being faced with silence. Thinking he's been overlooked, he ventures out to discover that society has been unraveled.
As the story progresses, we learn more on the origins of the Triffids and Bill Masen's connection with them.
Wyndham doesn't bog the reader down with the minutae of genetic engineering, but presents enough plausible background to the story that one can enjoy the book today or half a century ago.
Wyndham also explores the "what ifs" as society attempts to rebuild itself and debate how it can accomodate the blind into the new society.
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If you saw the movie as a youngster who hadn't read the book, you probably had nightmares. If you saw it as an adult, or a kid who had read the book, you most certainly were disappointed. What Wyndham does here is put the reader into close contact with a very believable world. Maybe those satellites twirling around up there can't really blind us all; maybe plants such as these can never be produced by humankind, but Wyndham deftly (and, I think correctly) speculates on the events that would take place if those things did happen. Here, in The Day Of the Triffids these things did happen and the reader is, hand-in-hand with the hero, taken along on a dark and disturbing journey through a nightmare landscape. It is not just the Triffids that produce the horror; it is Wyndham's insightful portrayal of the actions and reactions of our fellow beings that disrupt our ease; that produces the horror that certainly lurks just below the surface of our present maelstrom world society.
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am 3. April 2002
Der Ich-Erzähler dieser äusserst spannend geschriebenen Geschichte wacht eines Morgens im Krankenhaus auf und stellt fest, daß er das Ende der Welt, wie wir sie kennen, verpasst hat.
Er hat die grosse Katastrophe überlebt und wird Zeuge des Aufbaus einer neuen Zivilisation.
Jedoch hat diese neue Welt auch ihre Gefahren, und die sind ganz anders als in der wohlbekannten alten Welt.
Die Triffids, von Menschenhand gezüchtete Superpflanzen, die eigentlich gedacht waren, um den Hunger in der Welt zu besiegen,
terrorisieren die wenigen Überlebenden...
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am 4. Dezember 1999
I fell in love with Wyndham after "The Kraken Wakes"--his novels, just saturated with intelligent, thought-provoking, sometimes humorous and sometimes scary ideas reminds me of Aldous Huxley. "Triffids" is another fantastic piece of 'Science Fiction'. Wyndham once again takes us through yet another variation of The End Of The World As We Know It, and this one is very very eerie indeed. The desolation, the tribalness of the survivors, and the sheer loneliness and isolation pressing down on his hero, William Masen, as he wanders through the wreckage of London in search of his post-apocalypse friend, are very effective. So two are the matter-of-fact and chilling suicides of the blind survivors he comes across--one blind doctor tells Masen to lead him to his office, asks kindly in which direction the window is, and proceeds to jump through it without another word.
Unfortunately it's just not as accomplished as 'Kraken Wakes'. And since I read 'Kraken' first, I have to give this one less star. I don't know if its just less believeable, or that Wyndham touches on a few of the same themes (and even locations!) in both novels that rubs off some of the magic, but there you have it.
However, that's only a comparative comment. This book is fantastic. Everyone should read it.
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am 22. November 1999
This is the first serious novel I ever read. (Before that I was only reading Doctor Who tie-in's.) After seeing the BBC adaptation on TV I wanted to read this book. I got it when I was 11 and have cherished it ever since. This was the book that made John Wyndham famous: the overnight destruction of civilization by "comet debris", the world overrun by flesh-eating plants called triffids.
One could look at this book as a war between man and nature on a grand scale. When mankind was the species that dominated all others, nature was driven back, "suppressed", or killed in the name of progress. When the tables are suddenly turned, it looks as if mankind is in decline. As the years pass, dead cities are slowly disappearing, turning into jungles as nature takes hold. In a matter of time nature will take over completely and the triffids will be the new inheritors. Unless the human race can fight back and reassert itself.
I have lost count of how many times I have read this book. I am 23 and the story is just as effective now as it was when I first read it. I like seeing all the different cover artwork that people have done for this book. The fact that it's been reprinted so many times is proof that this novel shows no sign of losing its popularity.
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