William Masen wakes up in hospital to a world of eerie quiet. Carefully removing the protective bandages around his eyes, he sees that everyone around him has gone blind. Easy prey for the mobile, flesh-eating triffids that have quietly spread over the planet and now begin to take control of it. Surrounded by death and destruction, and the collapse of everything he has ever known, Masen finds a strange sense of liberation as he begins the search for survivors and a new, unknown way of life. John Wyndham's most famous novel strikes a contemporary chord in its exploration of the dangers of genetic experimentation and its potential for abuse. Published in 1951 to widespread popular success, The Day of the Triffids also reflected Wyndham's own disillusion with the world his generation had fought to establish.
'One of those books that haunts you for the rest of your life... '
Michael White, Sunday Times
- Publication Date:
- 16 / 09 / 1999
- 129 x 198mm