"Immersion in the life of the world, a willingness to be inhabited by and to speak for others, including those beyond the realm of the human, these are the practices not just of the bodhisattva but of the writer." --Jane Hirshfield

Friday, January 5, 2007

Day of Reading Day of the Triffids

It's a good book, even if I flew through it because I wanted to see what happened. What happened is this *spoiler warning*: Satellite weapons that cause blindness and some kind of plague somehow are activated unintentionally, and bio-engineered carnivorous plants, Triffids, capable of walking and communicating with each other, prey upon the blinded population. Only a few sighted people are left, to try to begin again.

I like this book because it involves the confluence of a number of screwups, the accidental use of diabolical weaponry, the escape of Frankenplants, which were being cultivated for their oils, in spite of having a weapon that could kill a person or animal.

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