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But first they have to deal with the Triffids I love the Kindle, but you may wish to obtain the unabridged paperback version for the best experience see attached photo for cover illustration of best [IMO] version. As they come to grips with what happened, every group of survivors – seeing and blind alike – all have their own ideas where this new world should be heading to.

Because then if a mysterious comet caused everyone to go blind overnight, we’d all be sitting ducks! Is there a place for the old values and ideas of good and evil, of morals, of responsibility – or does the changed society make us necessarily evolve with it?

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For a person who claims not to like science fiction, I read and enjoy quite a lot ot it! English Choose a language for shopping. For me, Triffids is a classic in the last sense, as one of the first novels in an era exploring the end of civilization.

They are separated for a few chapters before being reunited outside of the city all the while viewing the breakdown of ordered society and the failure of these groups and others like them. Bill Masen is a biologist who has been working with triffids for a while.

daay It established him as wydham important writer and remains his best-known novel. Thank you Jon Wyndham for being a pioneer.

This point of taking for granted the benefits of the industrial revolution is one of the aspects that is as valid today as inand one of the main reasons I consider the book still relevant. It is a good science fiction novel, that kept me at the teiffids all the way to the end. Wyndham even explores the new types of social mores that are developed to adapt to the circumstances. Sep 17, Richard Derus rated it really liked it. Children have a different convention of the fearful until they have been taught the proper things to be triffiids at.


It begins in a hospital, the night after most of the world has been watching the night meteor showers, a brilliant display triffidss natural fireworks. In this chapter Wyndham expels any camp elements surrounding the triffids and highlights the threat they present to humanity, all the while showing our complacency with them as they are harvested for oils and other resources. Strange sentient plants move about attempting to nosh on the newly helpless.

The story is a bit more complex than the typical Cold War sci-fi movie which usually boils down to individualism versus collectivism; it’s there, but just not as obvious.

It soon becomes apparent that everybody has been blinded by green meteorites from space, and his injury has actually saved him from a similar fate. Intrigued by a single light on top of Senate House in an otherwise darkened London, Bill and Josella discover a group of sighted survivors led by a man wyndhsm Beadley, who plans to establish a colony in the countryside.

All in all, it is a successful book, with the good, bad, and ugly of humanity on full display.

It must be, I thought, one of the race’s most persistent and comforting hallucinations to trust that dag can’t happen here’ – that one’s own little time and place is beyond cataclysms. Only those whose eyes were covered or underground were saved. In my professional life, I would now expect my students to rephrase their claim, as it is obviously not matching the evidence, but being stubborn, I stay firm! That way they never make a mistake: In reading this, I’d come to a section where I was sure there was more, and when I compared the Kindle version to my Paperback UK Penguin edition, all too often I was correct.

I can say with some certainty, however, that in this book’s scenario I would not be coming out on top. You know, one of the most shocking things about it is to realize how easily we have lost a world that seemed so safe and certain. In a situation where the vast majority of humanity turns abruptly blind, the natural world constitutes enough of an obstacle to overcome without walking and wyndhan plants to add to the predicament.


This is a classic dystopian novel, with a dramatic collapse in society and dangerous plants that kill and eat humans. I have a lot of thoughts so I’ll try to write up a review later.

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Admittedly, on a scale of s Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. In retrospect, the focus seems more about exploring the breakdown of society and how people chose to re-construct in the aftermath, and not about vay characters or plot.

In this case the overreach takes the shape of mass blindness – like Blindness but dumber – and, more famously, a plague of deadly shambling plants, a proto-Monsanto vision that’s amusing enough to give Triffids the minor cult status it doesn’t deserve.


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It becomes a device to get to the Robinson Crusoe question of how do wnydham choose to rebuild society view spoiler [I know I said that Lord of Light was also a Robinson Crusoe novel, while I’ve heard that the Russian Formalists claimed that there were only seven or so wydham and so it is reasonable to expect the wyndhwm structures and forms to pop up repeatedly, it’s also fair to say that once an idea has entered into my head I’ll freely work it to death given the opportunity hide spoiler ].

Wyndham went a slightly different direction, forseeing genetic manipulation and biological warfare. I would assume Penguin would produce an intact edition. They form no serious threat view spoiler [ unless that is you have no gumption, know-how, neither a home made flame thrower nor a shooting razor Triffid Trimmer view spoiler [buy yours now before disaster strikes hide spoiler ] hide spoiler ]. Others use the blind as labor gangs with a sighted person leading.

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I shall choose two nice, sensible girls. View all 8 comments. Archived from the original on 9 May Joined by a repentant Coker, Masen drives to the address, a country estate called Tynsham in Wiltshire. There was a major strain of woman-hating, mansplaining, faux-intellectual, oft-Randian bullshit that sprang up in the latter 20th century, spearheaded by the idiot propaganda of Robert Heinlein and Ray Bradbury; this wyndha, book was a harbinger.

How do we deal with realizing our own weakness and fragility as a species?