The Day of the Triffids

Last November I watched the 1962 film based on this book, and while I found it to be somewhat entertaining, I knew that it was not at all true to the book. And now that I have completed the book (in three days), I can confirm that the book is far superior.

Right from the first few paragraphs I was hooked, which explains why I finished it in only three days (I take weeks, sometimes months to finish a book). It was written in first-person present tense which is nice for a change. While the story was pretty grim stuff it was quite humourous at times, and had lots of thoughts and soliloquies from the main protagonist about the meaning of what was going on around him, and little nuggets of wisdom on everyday life.

What surprised me though was that the book was more about life after a cataclysmic event that incapacitated most of the human race, rather than about a species of plant that went around killing people, they were almost incidental for most of the story. This though did not matter as the rest of the story was just so well told and gripping in other ways.

One could easily see how this book could have influenced or inspired stories like any future zombie film or TV series, especially “The Walking Dead”.

The ending of the story may disappoint those who expect a final battle or concrete answers, but for me the ending was as it should be. It would have been possible to write a sequel story, but even that was not necessary.

I rate this book along with the “Foundation” series by Isaac Asimov, “War of the Worlds” by H.G. Wells, and the “Rama” series by Arthur C. Clarke, as one of the best science fiction books I have ever read.

Next up on my Kindle is “The Count of Monte Cristo”, quite a book to get through.

Book count 2018: 3

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