Origins[ edit ] In the novel , the origin of the triffid species is never explained. The main character, Bill Masen speculates as follows: My own belief. Had they been evolved anywhere but in the region they were, we should doubtless have had a well-documented ancestry for them. The seeds were spread across the globe when a plane smuggling them out of Russia was shot down during the Cold War. In the two-part TV series , the triffids are a naturally occurring species from Zaire , discovered by the West and selectively bred as an alternative to fossil fuels, to avert global warming. David Seed Liverpool University Press , ,

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Triffids are carnivorous, except they kill people first with a poisonous sting, then eat them when they are fully dead. Why had it happen? This thought, that mankind may very well have brought on their own destruction and in such an implausible way! So, this book, look, it was fine. But in his effort to describe the evolution of his post-apocalyptic society, I feel that Wyndham did not develop further on this enchanting bit of SF biology.

The Day of the Triffids is exactly such a book. That alone was a dilemma for some. From there, we spiral into a The-Walking-DeadDays-Later-every-apocalypse-movie-or-book-you-have-ever-seen-or-read experience. The shifting of the human debris of the apocalypse across a deserted English landscape is fascinating. The premise is great — after strange lights in the sky one night render almost the entire population blind, Bill Masen one of the few people left with sight has to try and navigate a rapidly deteriorating world while trying to keep the Triffids at bay — carnivorous walking plants with a deadly sting that have taken over the world.

Pretty good s science fiction. The triffids are odd plants that can move. After a summary of their history, they barely feature in the first half of the novel, and when they do occur they are deliberately played down as an immediate threat. Walking plants and blindness. When you think of Day of the Triffids, where does your mind go to? It took me a ridiculously long time to get through a book that has fewer than three hundred pages in it, but I was never eager to get back to it.

Trifidj authors do it better than others; Asimov was the best but Wyndham is not bad. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I gave The Road a higher rating though because there are still moments and excerpts of it that cross my mind from time to time. TDOTT is a book that kind of floated in the literature aether, something I recognized, knowing there was some importance, but no idea what it was all about.

Josella has also won the lottery — she too can see. It might, once upon a time, have been meant to be a little scary? I am a fan of the Chrysalids and John Wyndham. Happy endings never seem to work. Paleontology is the study of carnivorous walking plants, right? Does it have to be mine? Back then this was, I think, immensely groundbreaking and this novel helped pave the way for a lot of the apocalypse, survival fiction we have now. Related Posts


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Shelves: reads Some books can be quite ill-served by their title. But you gotta agree - a more appropriate title for this unexpected gem of a book such as "How complete disintegration of society and civilization as we know it, the sudden helplessness and the painful realization how little it takes to throw us off our tenuous Some books can be quite ill-served by their title. This book is really about survival in the midst of disintegrating society and all the implications of it that go against the frequent and quite stereotypical portrayal of such happenings. All it took was a case of worldwide blindness after a breathtakingly beautiful meteor shower that left the vast majority of humans blind, and in the resulting confusion and struggle present-day civilization found its end.


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