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The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
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bookshelves: fiction, science-fiction, 1001-books-you-must-read-before-you, england, apocalyptic
Read in December, 2011

Satisfying apocalyptic tale published in 1951. A mysterious massive meteor shower makes the vast majority of people on the planet blind, resulting in the collapse of civilization. The small population of sighted humans struggle with various strategies of survival and competition for resources. The disaster allows some unusual mobile carnivorous plants, widely nurtured because of valuable oils, to spread widely and threaten human extinction, the triffids. My memory of the book from my youth, distorted by the movie, mistakenly had a focus on the war between human and alien plants. Instead, the tale concentrates on the moral issues behind various pathways for human survival in the face of apocalypse, with the triffids just an added challenge to the mix. Compared to today's thrillers that emphasize individual heroic action, this classic novel appears understated, providing a more thoughtful consideration of what aspects of human nature are likely to help sustain the species in the face of extreme disaster.
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Michael You managed to pack a lot of analysis into an itty bitty paragraph, and conveyed the feel of the book without resorting to spoilers. Well done!

I noticed a few typos, if you care about such things. "nuture" should be "nurture", and "of what of what" is a duplication near the end.


Michael Michael wrote: "You managed to pack a lot of analysis into an itty bitty paragraph, and conveyed the feel of the book without resorting to spoilers. Well done!

Sincere thanks! (And correction of grating typos appreciated).


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