The Time Machine
'I had made myself the most complicated and the most hopeless trap that ever a man devised' When a Victorian scientist propels himself in the year 802,701 AD, he is initially delighted to find that suffering has been replaced by beauty, contentment and peace. Entranced at first by the Eloi, an... show more
'I had made myself the most complicated and the most hopeless trap that ever a man devised'
When a Victorian scientist propels himself in the year 802,701 AD, he is initially delighted to find that suffering has been replaced by beauty, contentment and peace. Entranced at first by the Eloi, an elfin species descended from man, he soon realises that this beautiful people are simply remnants of a once-great culture - now weak and childishly afraid of the dark. They have every reason to be afraid: in deep tunnels beneath their paradise lurks another race descended from humanity - the sinister Morlocks. And when the scientist's time machine vanishes, it becomes clear he must search these tunnels if he is ever to return to his own era.
The Time Machine is the first and greatest modern portrayal of time travel. Part of a brand-new Penguin series of H.G. Wells' works, this edition includes a newly established text, a full biographical essay on Wells, a further reading list and detailed notes. Marina Warner's introduction considers Wells' development of the 'scientific romance' and places the novel in the context of its times.
Publish date: 2005-05-31
Pages no: 104
Edition language: English
This was better than The War of the Worlds. H.G. Wells kept it short this time, so no overly long descriptions, though he's still allergic to giving his main characters names. The science is ridiculous, of course, but once you get past that this is a fun little story about the future of mankind, but...
The Time Machine is more an analysis of the society than it is a novel. The world in which the Time Traveler landed is quite weird and a bit crazy. I love how the Time Traveler is trying to explain everything he sees and how this society is organized. When he discovered how these "people" really liv...
I was plesantly surprised. I did not enjoy War of the Worlds when I was a teen (I was bored to tears, actually), but I might have to revisit it given how much I liked this one. It was bittersweet and evocative. Hamy in the social commentary too, but on those I still liked one passage: And here ...
I wonder if vegans object to the Morlocks' diet?In what is now a classic of the Science Fiction genre, an un-named narrator has local dignitaries over to his place once a week to tell tall tales and show off his latest inventions to. On one of these evenings he limps in the worse for wear, in desper...
I'm glad my first experience with Wells was such a positive one. Despite its shortness, "The Time Machine" is packed both with plot, description, as well as philosophical and self-reflective musings in one tight package. It was beautifully and chillingly visual, and terrifying due to everything it i...
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