Having not listened to much in the way of audio books for a while I end up listening to two books overlapping. I have been listening to the Day of the Triffids on the BBC iplayer (as Radio 4 extra has been replaying a full reading of the text that was done some time ago) while I have been working on my Business Plan.
I originally read this book as a young teenager, and was totally gripped by the text, the descriptions of death, destruction, cruelty, kindness and love seemed so real at time that it brought the story to life. I can say that hearing the story again nearly 40 years later it still had the same gripping hold on me.
I know over the years that there have been numerous adaptations of the story both for the large and small screens, but in most because they need to take the story along at a pace, they cover a short time period. This totally contrasts the original. The story covers a number of years, probably more than 10 for the start to the end, and this to me makes it so much more real. I had also forgotten the subtle suggestion in the original that it was the superpowers with out of control space weapons that caused the mass blinding of human kind, not a meteor cloud or sunspots as suggested in later versions.
The other contrast especially as was listening to both this book and The Man in the Iron Mask at the same time was how writing styles have changed over the 100 or so years in dealing with tragedy. Now we probably have more detail but it happens and the book moves on, whereas the opposite seems to be true for the Victorian writer.
On the second listening my only gripe with the story line is over the seemingly infinite supply of fuel, and the lack of things breaking down. If the balloon went up and we had to deal with something like this now I am sure, both of these would be a real issue for those left. I am still in two minds if I should read the sequel by Simon Clark – The Night of the Triffids, as it has mixed reviews - have to wait and see.
So this was book 38 week 31 – read novels 25, poetry 1, study 2, audio 10
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