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The Day of the Triffids 32 editions

Cover of: The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham

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

About the Book

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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32 editions First published in 1951

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1951, M. Joseph
The day of the triffids
in English
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1951, Fawcett
The day of the triffids
in English
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1951, Doubleday
The day of the triffids
in English - 1st ed.]
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1951, Joseph
The day of the triffids
in English
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1954, Penguin Books in assocaiation with M.Joseph
The day of the triffids.
in English
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1954, Penguin Books in association with Michael Joseph
The day of the triffids
in English
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1960, Hutchinson
The day of the triffids
in English - [Slightly abridged]
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1960
The day of the triffids
in English
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1962, Fawcett Crest
The day of the triffids
in English
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April 30, 1970, Penguin Putnam~mass
Day of the Triffids
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April 30, 1970, Penguin Putnam~mass
Day of the Triffids
Paperback - New Impression edition
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1973, Michael Joseph
The day of the triffids
in English
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September 12, 1975, Fawcett
Day of the Triffids
in English
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1975, Mondadori
Il giorno dei trifidi
in Italian
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1980, Heinemann [etc.]
The day of the triffids
in English
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June 12, 1981, Fawcett
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in English
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1981, Book Club Associates, 1981.
The day of the triffids
in English
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1982, Music for Pleasure Ltd
The day of the Triffids
in English
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April 12, 1983, Fawcett
Day of the Triffids
in English
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1983, Chivers
The dayof the triffids
in English - Large print ed.
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December 12, 1985, Del Rey
Day of the Triffids
Mass Market Paperback in English
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November 1985, Dh Audio
The Day of the Triffids
Audio cassette in English
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December 31, 1989, Listen for Pleasure
The Day of the Triffids
Unknown Binding
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1992, "Sudostroenie"
Denʹ triffidov
in Russian
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July 1993, Carroll & Graf Pub
The Day of the Triffids
Paperback in English
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1998, G.K. Hall
The day of the triffids
in English
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January 2000, Chivers Word for Word Audio Books
The Day of the Triffids (Radio Collection)
Audio cassette in English - Unabridged edition
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2000, Penguin Books
The day of the triffids
in English
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February 22, 2001, Penguin Books Ltd
The Day of the Triffids (Penguin Modern Classics)
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2002, RosettaBooks
The Day of the Triffids
eBook in English
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2003, Modern Library
The day of the triffids
in English - 2003 Modern Library pbk. ed.
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2008, Penguin Group UK
The Day of the Triffids
Electronic resource in English

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November 23, 2012 Edited by Anand Chitipothu Reverted spam
November 21, 2012 Edited by 188.190.127.70 Edited without comment.
May 17, 2011 Edited by George Added new cover
May 17, 2011 Edited by George Added comment by Liz Jensen from The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/may/14/science-fiction-authors-choice
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