This review is from: The Time Machine ;: and, the Island of Doctor Moreau
Its hard to believe that this was 1, written in 1895, and 2, one of Wells first books.
I was 13 when I first read this, and while some of the social commentary may have went over my young head, therein lies the beauty of the book, for it can be read as straight science fiction, ir as Wells intended, to deliver a parable on the victorian class system.
Wells descriptive powers are in abundance throughout this small scientific romance. The description of sitting on the machine and travelling to the future is unbelievable to this day, the delicate and frail Eloi who live in fear of the below ground Morlocks and the inevitable and frightening end of the world(possibly) description as the Time Traveller stands on a desolate beach.
The book had a first draft as The Chronic Argonauts, which when read is vastly inferior to the published story.
You can understand how people embraced this book when it was serialised then published in book form.
Little knowing that better was to come in the shape of-The Island of Dr Moreau, The Invisible Man, The War of The Worlds, First Men In The Moon, and the shamefully neglected Metropolis style book The Sleeper Awakes(a MUST read).
And consider this, he wrote straight novels also during this fertile period that endure to this day.
Wells is often only thought of in relation to his scientific romances but he wrote some great novels also, Kipps, History of Mr.Polly,Tono Bungay, Ann Veronica, Wheels os Chance, Wonderful Visit.
He certainly deserves a reappraisal.