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Description - The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham

When Bill Masen wakes up blindfolded in hospital there is a bitter irony in his situation. Carefully removing his bandages, he realizes that he is the only person who can see- everyone else, doctors and patients alike, have been blinded by a meteor shower. Now, with civilization in chaos, the triffids - huge, venomous, large-rooted plants able to 'walk', feeding on human flesh - can have their day.
The Day of the Triffids, published in 1951, expresses many of the political concerns of its time- the Cold War, the fear of biological experimentation and the man-made apocalypse. However, with its terrifyingly believable insights into the genetic modification of plants, the book is more relevant today than ever before.
John Wyndham was born in 1903. After a wide experience of the English preparatory school he was at Bedales from 1918 to 1921. Careers which he tried included farming, law, commercial art, and advertising, and he first started writing short stories, intended for sale, in 1925. During the war he was in the Civil Service and afterwards in the Army. In 1946 he began writing his major science fiction novels including "The Kraken Wakes", "The Chrysalids" and "The Midwich Cuckoos".

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780141185415
ISBN-10: 0141185414
Format: Paperback / softback
(198mm x 129mm x 15mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 22-Feb-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Book Review: Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham - Reviewed by (18 Feb 2012)

A all time classic apocalyptic book featuring giant man eating plants is worth a read by anyone.

Ofcourse I have heard of the story and watched many a re-make on TV, but the book despite its age, still manages to leave you spell bound and drawn in to the authors creativity.

There were some flaws as far as physics and dynamics of the triffids but overall very entertaining. The plot follows Bill Masen you awakes from the hospital after being temporarily, blinded fortunately he misses a meteor shower which renders most of the entire population blind. They are therefore left at the mercy of the Triffids.

Highly entertaining and recommended read.


Author Biography - John Wyndham

John Wyndham was born in 1903. After a wide experience of the English preparatory school he was at Bedales from 1918 to 1921. Careers which he tried included farming, law, commercial art, and advertising, and he first started writing short stories, intended for sale, in 1925. During the war he was in the Civil Service and afterwards in the Army. In 1946 he began writing his major science fiction novels including "The Kraken Wakes", "The Chrysalids" and "The Midwich Cuckoos".

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