The War of the Worlds
This is the "Penguin English Library Edition" of "The War of the Worlds" by H. G. Wells. 'Death!' I shouted. 'Death is coming! Death!' In this pioneering, shocking and nightmarish tale, naive suburban Londoners investigate a strange cylinder from space, but are instantly incinerated by an... show more
This is the "Penguin English Library Edition" of "The War of the Worlds" by H. G. Wells. 'Death!' I shouted. 'Death is coming! Death!' In this pioneering, shocking and nightmarish tale, naive suburban Londoners investigate a strange cylinder from space, but are instantly incinerated by an all-destroying heat-ray. Soon, gigantic killing machines that chase and feed on human prey are threatening the whole of humanity. A pioneering work of alien invasion fiction, "The War of the World's" journalistic style contrasts disturbingly with its horrifying visions of the human race under siege. "The Penguin English Library" - 100 editions of the best fiction in English, from the eighteenth century and the very first novels to the beginning of the First World War.
Publish date: 2012-04-26
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 208
Edition language: English
As I mentioned in my last post, I'd like to thank Halloween Bingo (and OB & MR) for making me read those classic novels that I'd always intended to get to "someday". This book was fantastic, and Simon Vance's excellent narration made it even better. This is definitely one I'll revisit in the futur...
No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost a...
Still my favourite book, still good after the umpteenth reread.
I think my expectations were a little too high for this one.The War of the Worlds was my first encounter with H.G. Wells, and I really hope I enjoy some of his other works more than this one. I think it was the POV that made it so difficult for me to get through and enjoy, because the narrator bored...
Here is a story from 1898, yet forecasting so much that waited for us in the next century. Wells' capacity of imagination is immense. He sounds like a man describing a very detailed nightmare. What struck me so strongly was not his grasp of alien civilization, though this story is, of course, deeply...