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An edition of The Day of the Triffids (1951)

Day of the Triffids

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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.

Comment by Liz Jensen on The Guardian:

As a teenager, one of my favourite haunts was Oxford's Botanical Gardens. I'd head straight for the vast heated greenhouses, where I'd pity my adolescent plight, chain-smoke, and glory in the insane vegetation that burgeoned there. The more rampant, brutally spiked, poisonous, or cruel to insects a plant was, the more it appealed to me. I'd shove my butts into their root systems. They could take it. My librarian mother disapproved mightily of the fags but when under interrogation I confessed where I'd been hanging out – hardly Sodom and Gomorrah – she spotted a literary opportunity, and slid John Wyndham's The Day of the Triffids my way. I read it in one sitting, fizzing with the excitement of recognition. I knew the triffids already: I'd spent long hours in the jungle with them, exchanging gases. Wyndham loved to address the question that triggers every invented world: the great "What if . . ." What if a carnivorous, travelling, communicating, poison-spitting oil-rich plant, harvested in Britain as biofuel, broke loose after a mysterious "comet-shower" blinded most of the population? That's the scenario faced by triffid-expert Bill Masen, who finds himself a sighted man in a sightless nation. Cataclysmic change established, cue a magnificent chain reaction of experimental science, physical and political crisis, moral dilemmas, new hierarchies, and hints of a new world order. Although the repercussions of an unprecedented crisis and Masen's personal journey through the new wilderness form the backbone of the story, it's the triffids that root themselves most firmly in the reader's memory. Wyndham described them botanically, but he left enough room for the reader's imagination to take over. The result being that everyone who reads The Day of the Triffids creates, in their mind's eye, their own version of fiction's most iconic plant. Mine germinated in an Oxford greenhouse, in a cloud of cigarette smoke.

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The Day of the Triffids
2008, Penguin Group UK
Electronic resource in English
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El día de los trífidos
2008, Minotauro
in Spanish / español
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El día de los trífidos
2008, Minotauro
Paperback in Spanish / español - 1st edition in this collection
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The day of the triffids
2003, Modern Library
in English - 2003 Modern Library pbk. ed.
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El día de los trífidos.
2003, Minotauro
in Spanish / español
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The Day of the Triffids
2002, RosettaBooks
eBook in English
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The Day of the Triffids (Penguin Modern Classics)
February 22, 2001, Penguin Books Ltd
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The Day of the Triffids (Radio Collection)
January 2000, Chivers Word for Word Audio Books
Audio cassette in English - Unabridged edition
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The day of the triffids
2000, Penguin Books
in English
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The day of the triffids
1998, G.K. Hall
in English
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The Day of the Triffids
July 1993, Carroll & Graf Pub
Paperback in English
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Denʹ triffidov: sbornik zarubezhnoĭ fantastiki
1992, "Sudostroenie"
in Russian / Русский язык
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The Day of the Triffids
December 31, 1989, Listen for Pleasure
Unknown Binding
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Day of the Triffids
December 12, 1985, Del Rey
Mass Market Paperback in English
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The Day of the Triffids
1985, Penguin Books
Paperback in English
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The Day of the Triffids
November 1985, Dh Audio
Audio cassette in English
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Day of the Triffids
April 12, 1983, Fawcett
in English
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The dayof the triffids
1983, Chivers
in English - Large print ed.
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The day of the Triffids
1982, Music for Pleasure Ltd
in English
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Day of the Triffids
June 12, 1981, Fawcett
in English
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El día de los trífidos
1977, Minotauro-Edhasa
in Spanish / español
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Il giorno dei trifidi
1975, Mondadori
in Italian
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Day of the Triffids
September 12, 1975, Fawcett
in English
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The day of the triffids
1973, Michael Joseph
in English
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Day of the Triffids
April 30, 1970, Penguin Putnam~mass
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Day of the Triffids
April 30, 1970, Penguin Putnam~mass
Paperback - New Impression edition
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The day of the triffids
1962, Fawcett Crest
in English
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The day of the triffids
1960, Hutchinson
in English - [Slightly abridged]
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The day of the triffids
1960
in English
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The day of the triffids.
1954, Penguin Books in assocaiation with M.Joseph
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The day of the triffids
1954, Penguin Books in association with Michael Joseph
in English
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The day of the triffids
1951, M. Joseph
in English
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The day of the triffids
1951, Joseph
in English
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The day of the triffids
1951, Doubleday
in English - 1st ed.]
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The day of the triffids
1951, Fawcett
in English

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The Day of the Triffids

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First Sentence

"When a day that you happen to know is Wednesday starts off by sounding like Sunday, there is something seriously wrong somewhere."

Work Description

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.

Comment by Liz Jensen on The Guardian:

As a teenager, one of my favourite haunts was Oxford's Botanical Gardens. I'd head straight for the vast heated greenhouses, where I'd pity my adolescent plight, chain-smoke, and glory in the insane vegetation that burgeoned there. The more rampant, brutally spiked, poisonous, or cruel to insects a plant was, the more it appealed to me. I'd shove my butts into their root systems. They could take it. My librarian mother disapproved mightily of the fags but when under interrogation I confessed where I'd been hanging out – hardly Sodom and Gomorrah – she spotted a literary opportunity, and slid John Wyndham's The Day of the Triffids my way. I read it in one sitting, fizzing with the excitement of recognition. I knew the triffids already: I'd spent long hours in the jungle with them, exchanging gases. Wyndham loved to address the question that triggers every invented world: the great "What if . . ." What if a carnivorous, travelling, communicating, poison-spitting oil-rich plant, harvested in Britain as biofuel, broke loose after a mysterious "comet-shower" blinded most of the population? That's the scenario faced by triffid-expert Bill Masen, who finds himself a sighted man in a sightless nation. Cataclysmic change established, cue a magnificent chain reaction of experimental science, physical and political crisis, moral dilemmas, new hierarchies, and hints of a new world order. Although the repercussions of an unprecedented crisis and Masen's personal journey through the new wilderness form the backbone of the story, it's the triffids that root themselves most firmly in the reader's memory. Wyndham described them botanically, but he left enough room for the reader's imagination to take over. The result being that everyone who reads The Day of the Triffids creates, in their mind's eye, their own version of fiction's most iconic plant. Mine germinated in an Oxford greenhouse, in a cloud of cigarette smoke.

Day of the Triffids

This edition was published in by Del Rey


First Sentence

"When a day that you happen to know is Wednesday starts off by sounding like Sunday, there is something seriously wrong somewhere."

Classifications

Library of Congress
PR6015.A6425 D39 1986

The Physical Object

Format
Mass Market Paperback
Dimensions
7 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
Weight
3.5 ounces

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL9507811M
Internet Archive
dayoftriffids0000wynd_k2g6
ISBN 10
0345328175
ISBN 13
9780345328175
Library Thing
11738
Goodreads
1535510

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