- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (31 Mar. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141439971
- ISBN-13: 978-0141439976
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.9 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 712 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Time Machine (Penguin Classics) Paperback – 31 Mar 2005
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"[Wells] contrives to give over humanity into the clutches of the Impossible and yet manages to keep it down (or up) to its humanity, to its flesh, blood, sorrow, folly." --Joseph Conrad
When a Victorian scientist propels himself into the year 802,701 AD, he is initially delighted to find that suffering has been replaced by beauty, contentment and peace.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.See all Product description
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Warnings: mention of suicide, racial slur
Starting that first few chapters, Wells doesn't hang about and throws us into the story. A time traveller who proves his work in small form (with lots of scientific language) and then manages to travel through time himself and return to tell his tale.
What I find interesting is that the whole time, the book is written as if you were someone listening to the time traveller. When the story of time kicks in, it is a constant conversation with no breaks. You find yourself reading it and becoming just as fascinated as the person in the story listening. This kept the book interesting and easy to follow. It was nice not to have any interruptions such as "the time traveler paused to take a sip of tea" (as a very bad, make believe example). Many books loose it's story in lines that are not necessary and are there to just fill the book.
Saying that, I would have liked more detail of the world he visited. Wells leaves much to the imagination but I'm not sure if he left too much.
I don't want to say too much about the main bulk of the novel to save from spoilers. I will say it was catchy, something was always happening and, you just wanted to keep going to see how he escaped back to his normal time.
A good book if your busy like I have been lately, (120 pages taking me a month to read, yikes!) as you can put it down for quite a while and when you start to read again, it's easy to remember where you left off.
All in all a good read, straight to the point but could have dressed up the descriptions a little more.
Has part from the original serialization that's missing from the book edition.Reason enough to pay the small sum to find out what it is.
Time travel these days in stories and films is commonplace.
Travel back to the early 1890's ;when originally penned.
Filled with imagination and mystery.
Intentionally makes you fill in gaps using your own thoughts.
Cannot recommend this enough.Read war of the world's after this,for a Victorian trip of pure imagination.
Do yourself a favour if not for your children pick this up and if you have read it, read it again. A classic of science fiction of not the greatest science fiction book of all time.
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