"The Day of the Triffids"
That’s what a friendly patron of my branch began with as we chatted over returned books. Really? That’s a pretty bold and final statement to make. So of course, I had to check it out for myself.
Now, if like me you’re not really into science fiction and the end of the world as we know it doesn’t really do it for you as something to curl up with, then this is the book for you. It’s hard to talk about the plot without giving it away entirely, so I won’t tell you what a triffid is. I’m also not going to tell you how the book ends. I am going to tell you that this book is wonderfully written by John Wyndham, that it was published in 1951, and that the dialogue is written in that understated yet sophisticated style that encapsulates the London of that time so well, a London that was finally hitting it’s stride again after surviving the horrors of repeated bombings only a few years before. The pace of this book is also incredibly exciting and the plot just leaves you wanting more. Yes, it’s un-put-down-able. And at fewer than 200 pages, it’s definitely worth checking out!
For a listing of available copies of this fantastic book, go to www.dclibrary.org to search our online catalogue.