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The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
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While Bill is in hospital under going an eye operation, a spectacular shower of comets lights up the night sky. When he wakes up the next day, and removes his bandages, everyone he finds is now blind. This book was written in the 50s, I think, and I found the utter despair by those who were now blind a little odd - people killing themselves and their children, rather than continue to live without sight.

Bill reflects on his past, and particularly his work with Triffids - moving carnivorous plants from which oil is derived - and bands up with groups of other sighted people in an attempt to survive. Despite the title, the Triffids don't really play a large role in the story - they are an occasional menace, but most of the story is occupied with the struggle to survive where society has collapsed. I quite enjoyed it, and am curious to see the recent British tv adapation now.

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