A Little Update

The last thing I posted here was Chapter Five of ‘All The Right Words -John Wyndham’s The Day Of The Triffids’ on the 18 and so far not much else, And I just wanted to explain why. I’v not stopped writing in fact there’s going to be a bit more.
I am going to restart Creative Day no the reason the writing has slowed down is not a lot is going on, Not being able to move Ezri be main point, most of the Rochdale network is under going repair, or had been drained and waiting.
Everyday I could walk up those places take lots of photos but the story would still be the same and no-one wants to keep reading that, and I don’t want to write that.

So here’s what I going to try and do.

All The Right Words will carry on but only one chapter per post as the chapters aren’t all the same length so take long to read and break down.

Narrowboat Ezri will also carry on just when I have something new to tell you about or I can get to film something fun.

Now we come to Creative Day which is going to be a one off blog post about pretty much anything I like, I have done a few before in past the only rule I have for them is they have to be positive, a little bite size run down of something you may find enjoyable.

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All The Right Words – John Wyndham’s The Day Of The Triffids

The following blog has spoilers

Chapter Five – A Light In The Night.
“Josella began to recover her self-possession. With the deliberate and obvious intention of taking her mind off what lay behind us she asked:”

They head to Clerkenwell because Masen knows a place were they best triffid-guns and masks in the world, but as they do so a huge mob of people being pushed down the street by a triffid, and then at King’s Cross Station the group of people get so big that Masen and Josella have to leave the car to the sea of people. Finding another one this time a station-waggon they mange make it to Clerkenwell and get several excellent triffid guns.
They set off again but this time to find somewhere safe to sleep. Then Josella suggest about getting clothes, Masen says that will be operation number two and one will be picking out a flat.
They find an opulent looking tower block and go around knocking and ringing and if anyone answered they moved on, They tour the flat Josella like the place but Masen dosen’t.
Splitting up and go shopping as Masen leaves he watches a blind young man from the flat two doors down leading a blind woman straight through the window, when the are gone he knows that that end will not happen to him.
Retuning he finds Josella getting dressed so he looks out of the window and says goodbye to the London he once knew, Josella joins him but says goodbye by dressing up.
They sit and Josella talks about her life and how she published a book called ‘Sex is My Adventure’, they go on to talk about what to next places to go and the things to take, but as the night falls they see a light comming from the north-east of the city, which they plan to head it in the day light.
They go to there own beds but the in dark of the city they both hear the sobbing and crying and Josella shares Masen bed.

What I Think.
Now I’ve had a few problem with this chapter not because of the lack of action on Masen part but because of the way Wyndham has wrote Josella. I will start with way he talks about her reaction to touring the flat words like envy, delight, contempt are use to tell us how Masen thinks she feeling and one of the room is describe ‘Josella paused on the threshold of a room rampant with all the most aggressive manifestations of femininity’
Then when she tells him she can’t cook, his reaction is ‘I was afraid of that, there’s an awful lot of things we’re going to learn’ which just pisses me off and can’t hold true has every meal Masen ever had up till now been made by someone else.
I get the whole dressing up thing one last kick before god knows what will happens, the problem I have is how Masen says that she prattled on and how her early life was not remarkable. Half chapter we got on him but just a few word about her childhood.
She didn’t marry at nineteen so had to find a job so wrote a book called ‘Sex is My Adventure’ which in truth is another way Masen can react to Josella live style, as you can guess the book with that kind of title makes Josella a lot of money and banned by some.
All because she left the title to her publishers like a ‘silly girl’. And she was in the middle of writing another to ‘balance’ things up. Masen reaction is ‘With an equally alarming title’ and at the end of all this he says
‘Good night, you vain, sweet vision’ – without the trace of a joke.
So far Josella been almost rapped, been pulled around the blind man, seen her most family dead and Masen call her whole life in question, and take it all because she a woman of the 1950’s.

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All The Right Words – John Wyndham’s The Day Of The Triffids

The following blog has spoilers

Chapter Three- The Groping City
” I left the pub door swinging behind me as I made my way to the corner of the main road. There I hesitated.”

Now feeling some what restored by the alcohol, Masen makes he way towards London but he’s beginning to feel detached from the new world around him, knowing now that the catastrophe is more that just a local one only adds to this, Plus the lack of any sound only serves to deep his isolation, and need for familiar places drives him into the west end of London.
Hunger kicks more that once as he walks the streets but he can’t bring himself to smash a window and take what he needs, after nearly thirty year of being a law-abiding citizen its a hard shake the feeling of leaving the old order behind, to perform such an act.
He’s moral dilemma does resolve its self when he comes across a taxi which has broke the shop front of a delicatessen, which is a lot different from breaking in himself, yet even he leave money for the things he has taken.
But the feeling of helpless forlorn hart brake it still with him when he hears a girl singing then the sound of weeping, as he starts he walk again he comes cross a blind man who gives a short bitter laugh and set off with an exaggerated air of independence once Masen has told him what is going on.
As he get closer toward Piccadilly Circus he witness a odd thing a young blind man use a woman’s seeing child to get food, the woman like Masen knows that a line has now been cross.
Reaching Piccadilly Circus Masen sees a group of twenty five people walking single file being lead by one sighted man, who is giving them guided tour, everyone is very drunk.
“The Centre of the World…Were all the nobs had their wine, woman and song”
Then one of the men in the group calls for a woman the rest of the group laugh but the sighted man drags a woman from group and throw her at the blind man.
Masen heroics kicks in and he tries to stop it from happing but the sighted man is too quick and Masen ends up on the ground.
Comming to after a few minutes and heading in the other direction the realisation finally hits Masen that the old world with all the problems he once faced is now gone will never come back, but there are new problems to face in this strange world.

Chapter Four – Shadows Before
“In order to give a reasonable berth to the Café Royal mob I struck up a side street into Soho, intending to cut back to Regent Street higher up.”

Masen makes his way though the city of London, once again comming across yet more blinded people, and begins to question were or not should he become a leader of small group, helping them find food. But how long would he be able to help them for.
One after another the groups he see are slowly becoming one huge mob, each fight between there own, but when he see one group weeping in frustration over a sighted child, who is to young to understand what they want from it, he begins to be uneasy with a sense of guilt.
Then as he watches a smaller group head around Golden Square a piercing scream is heard, so much so everyone in the group turn around to see were its comming from.
Masen goes towards the danger, and a ally is a girl tied to a blind man who is beating her.
After a quick fight Masen is able to free the girl and together they head for a small pub.
The girls name Josella Playton and she can see, she goes on the tell Masen that on the Monday night she was at a party “I reckon…must have been fooling with the drinks”
Because the hangover the next made her take a sleeping-draught which knocked her out and so miss the light show, in the morning however her father wakes and tells her his now blind and the servants the only thing she can do is to go and fetch a doctor.
She drives off in a car but slowly she realizes want has happened so with waning hope she drives on, but the car stop and she gets out.
As she leaves the car a blind man ask her were he his but when she comes close he pulls both her wrists together and ties them together, then with a smack across her face he makes her his eyes, first he makes her hunt for food at a cafe and there next call was to a bar.
Inside the bar another group of people use Josella to get them the bottles of drink after this they all turn on the man trying to take Josella for themselves.
Joella and the man get away, he didn’t thank her just give her directions to another bar, but when she wouldn’t go into a house with the man that’s when he started to beat her.
After telling Masen all this Josella resolve to go back to home and to her father.
Masen see only two choices one of lonely existence or became a leader or prisoner role, so he goes with her but they equip themselves with a couple of useful looking sheath knives, also take a car.
Traveling though Oxford Street and then Circus more people are about and all turn to see were the noise is comming from but they don’t stop, reaching the open spaces Masen notices the triffids are now moving around.
Pulling up at Josella home they are attacked by a triffid after finding the body of ‘Old Pearson’ the  gardener in the driveway, Masen is hit by the triffid but somehow survives, they go though the house and find not only her father but a called Annie both killed by triffids
Josella thinks it better her father was killed that to live as a blind man, Masen thinks that Josella would wish to bury her father, but he would just drop the idea a move on, then he thinks back to his friend Walter.
‘Take away our sight and our superiority to them is gone’
But before he can take any action the triffids move towards them and they make a run for it back to the car, Josella just wants to get away.

What I think
I have no problem with Masen wandering around London watching the world he once knew falling into chaos or playing hero to try and keep some sense of order, the problem I have is with Josella or more how Wyndham has written her first she has be rescued by Masen second he talks about her hands having long finger nails more decorative than practical after the rescue she remarks
‘God, I must look awful’
Not anything about the cuts and bruises she got from her attacker,
Third when she tells Masen her tail about being able to see she talks about ‘fooling’ with her drinks, as if that was everyday thing for a girl of the 1950 to put with.
And then when her attacker tries to take her in a house she feels ashamed.
‘But I am pretty ashamed of myself. Shows you what a modern young woman can come to after all, doesn’t it? screaming and collapsing with the vapours’
So being almost raped twice, calling for help the second time is bad thing, yet before she was able to  rescue her attacker from the mod in the pub.
I not sure Wyndham can write woman or that woman of the 1950 still needed to beholden to the men in there lives. 

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All The Right Words – John Wyndham’s The Day Of The Triffids

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Found it… Sorry it took so long but I lost the book for a second time, and with the refit of my narrowboat home it when out of my head were, but now I have found it again I am going continue my book review. But to add to the overall review I found the BBC radio drama so I will be adding that.
I will be live reading to book so that means I read the set chapters and in the same afternoon write the review. I will restart the review on Sunday afternoon and with chapter three of the book ‘The Groping City’ as before there will spoilers. 

All The Right Words – John Wyndham’s The Day Of The Triffids

The following blog has spoilers

Chapter One – The End Begins
“When a day that you happen to know is Wednesday starts off by sounding like Sunday…”

So begins the first chapter of the book, as William Masen wakes up in St Merryn’s hospital his whole head wreathed in bandages after a  accident at work. Hospital he wakes up in has gone silent, but not only that the world outside to. He can’t hear anyone and no one comes to aid when he calls
Feeling isolated and helpless he just sits in bed and thinks back to the last 24 hours and the earth passing through a cloud of comet debris, and how it felt not to be able to see it.
So summoning up the courage he removes his own bandages slowly regaining his sight, he makes his around the hospital meets a doctor crouching against the wall.
It soon becomes clear that the other man is now blind, following the man’s instructions they both end up the blind doctor’s office on the third floor, were he tries to make a phone call, when this fails the doctor stands up asks were the window is then without another crashes through it.

After a few minutes Masen leaves the office and goes to explore the rest of the hospital only to find a room of male patients who just want the curtains open so they can see, but the truth is that they are all blind.
Masen explores the hospital only to find the rest of the place in chaos as the blind and helpless mob all try get out by the main entrance.
Leaving the nightmare of the hospital still only half believing, Masen goes in search of drink, finding ‘The Alamein Arms’ he finds a drunk man who’s looking to get more drunk, who explains that everybody’s blind, Masen tries to pay for his drink but the landlord
‘what’s the good of money to a dead man’
He says his wife had turn on the gas on herself and there children and he would do it to when he gets more drunk he would do the same. With that Masen walks out into the silent street.

Chapter Two – The Coming Of The Triffids 
“This a personal record. It involves a great deal that has vanished for ever.”

In flashback Masen talks about his mother and father and there life in a southern suburb of London and his father working for the Inland Revenue Department and how he would read the young Masen school reports with gloom, but they both failed notice Masen future lay in biology.

We then hear him talk about the twenty-five million new mouths which need food and about the first few satellites into space, which later lead to speculation that they were linked to the Triffids so how.

But the real truth was a man Umberto Christoforo Palanguez gave a company called Arctic and European Fish-Oil a small bottle of pale pink oil and for a price would give the seeds from which oil is made from and it would give them a head start before the market takes off.
Umberto goes off in his aeroplane with his advance and is never seen again, but so years later a simple Russian man named Fedor turns up at Arctic and European Oils, with a story about simply removing a box of fertile seeds leaving them at a certain place at a certain time. At the request of one Tovarich Nikolai Alexandrovich Baltinoff.
The act done Comrade Baltinoff goes missing and so do the seeds so Fedor waits for a year before coming to the west.

What happened to Umberto himself will never be know but what Masen thinks is that was killed flying back and the seeds he was carrying were blown around the world.

Masen then goes back to his childhood and talks about the first Triffid which is growing his own back garden and how like the rest of the world just neglects them, until news reports talk about ‘walking plant’, So he tries to make the one he has walk but gets stung, he father wreaked stern vengeance on the triffid and kills it.
Slowly the world learns how to deal with the triffid someone kill them and other people have safely docked ones.
Now an adult Masen gets a job Arctic and European Oil, and meets Walter Lucknor who really understands the triffids and says that they talk and that he starting to see a pattern, but soon the undocked triffid out numbered the others.
Masen is stung a second time and ends up in the hospital.

What I think.
After reading the first two chapters, I can feel the 1950 Mr Wyndham writes about the world as it really was, how he saw it then he talks about newspaper and radio in the same way we talk about internet.
He makes Masen real things he feels are the things all of us would feel if first lost our sight, and then lost the world around us bit by bit.
The deaths in the first chapter are there to underline how helpless people feel, how closes off one person really is at the lost of there sight.
And for Masen the feeling helpless both to stop the deaths and doing a simple thing like opening curtain so others can
The only problem I have is that chapter two is a bit long, I not saying taking things out but if we had all the childhood stuff in one chapter and the seed history in third that would have been better.

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