Chat about... The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham

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Chat about... The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham

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1Hatgirl
Jul 4, 2011, 1:16pm

Loved it? Hated it? Seen an interesting article about the book? Felt the book was a victim to superfluous commas? Loved the book, hated the cover?

Discuss it all here! Spoilers abound, enter at your own risk...

2Hatgirl
Jul 4, 2011, 1:21pm

Wow, I found a marvelously obsessive site about the book and its spin-offs.

And here are some standard reading group questions. Food for thought...

3Scorbet
Jul 4, 2011, 7:35pm

Touchstone Fairy: Day of the Triffids

4Scorbet
Jul 7, 2011, 5:26am

I "accidentally" started reading this on the metro last night. Somehow, I'm now about halfway through. I'll comment properly when I'm finished (probably this evening at the rate I'm going. It's definitely a short book).

5Scorbet
Jul 8, 2011, 7:57am

So, actually I was wrong - I only actually managed to finish it this evening. (Got dragged out to dinner with people last night). Well, I think I will avoid going to any botanical gardens or such like for the foreseeable future.

I think I was expecting that the "green comet" would have a real link to the triffids, rather than it being just the catalyst to allow them to wander freely. So I was a little (pleasantly) surprised when this turned out to not be the case. I also had to keep reminding myself reading it that it had actually been written in 1951. With the exception of the description of the history of the space program (and the triffids of course) this could have easily been the 80's.

Looking at the reading group questions just reminds of how much I hate reading group questions...

6Hatgirl
Jul 8, 2011, 2:14pm

I love that even It's The End Of The World, people still keep talking about Josella's book. That always makes me laugh...

7omegar24
Ago 1, 2011, 4:17pm

Finished this on the plane home from England last night.

It was amazing how many tropes of the Diaster/end of the world stories have the origin in this book.

The strange silence at the start. The unknown illness which comes along. How quickly the looting starts.

I enjoyed, and look forward to the discussion on Wednesday.

8Hatgirl
Editado: Ago 2, 2011, 7:40am

I finished my reread at about 3am last night. I noticed that as I already knew the plot, I was really enjoy the writing style.

"The {garden} was withdrawn and peaceful. No one else came in, though occasionally a figure would shuffle past the railings at the entrance. I threw some crumbs to a few sparrows, the first birds I had seen that day, and felt all the better for watching their perky indifference to calamity. "

Such a great mix of creepy/sweet.

9Scorbet
Ago 2, 2011, 8:20am

>6 Hatgirl:

Well, after she did write a book with that title after all. What else do you expect? :-)

>7 omegar24:

Thanks for sending me to TV tropes...

10Hatgirl
Ago 2, 2011, 8:38am

>9 Scorbet:
"Now look here," interrupted Josella. "Why should the one static thing in a collapsing world be my reputation?"

LOL!

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