The Day of the Triffids

The Day of the Triffids 1

by John Wyndham

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 24/09/2014

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'When a day that you happen to know is Wednesday starts off by sounding like Sunday, there is something seriously wrong somewhere.' When a freak cosmic event renders most of the Earth's population blind, Bill Masen - one of the lucky few to keep his sight - finds himself trapped in a London jammed with sightless mobs who prey on those who can still see . . . But another menace stalks blind and sighted alike. With nobody to stop them the Triffids - walking carnivorous plants with lethal stingers - rise up as humanity stumbles and falls. 'Has captivated readers for over half a century.' Guardian
ISBN:
9780241970577
9780241970577
Category:
Science fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
24-09-2014
Language:
English
Publisher:
Penguin Books Ltd
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
240
Dimensions (mm):
181x111x15mm
Weight:
0.13kg
John Wyndham

John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Benyon Harris was born in 1903, the son of a barrister. He tried a number of careers including farming, law, commercial art and advertising, and started writing short stories, intended for sale, in 1925.

From 1930 to 1939 he wrote short stories of various kinds under different names, almost exclusively for American publications, while also writing detective novels.

During the war he was in the Civil Service and then the Army. In 1946 he went back to writing stories for publication in the USA and decided to try a modified form of science fiction, a form he called 'logical fantasy'. John Wyndham died in March 1969.

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  • Thought experiment on apocalyps

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    Although set as a Post-apocalyptic sci-fi, The Day of the Triffids is really about the human experience in the face of tragedy. John Wyndham’s classic covers themes such as loneliness, fear, compassion, greed, gender roles and man vs nature among others and takes you through various thought experiments on civilization building and pitches them against each other. A fun read for a classic, it is very descriptive of 1950’s London in which it is set.