The War of the World: History's Age of Hatred (Allen Lane History) Hardcover – 1 Jun 2006
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'Here is a work of originality and depth, history at its most challenging and controversial.' -- The Times, May 27, 2006
'This is one of the most intriguing attempts by an historian to
explain man's inhumanity to man'
The classic SF novel rejoins the Masterwork list in an affordable hardback format, with an exciting new cover design and a new introduction by Adam Roberts.See all Product description
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Like most people I have read this story countless times, but I have never got bored with it. Influencing other writers in the field with their own 'invasion' stories this is a tale that will never be forgotten. This has to be the most famous novel of alien invasion, with Martians coming to Earth in their tripod killing machines. Our narrator sees what is happening from his home, and then tells us all what he sees happening. At the time this book was considered more than just science fiction which is always the case with Wells, but also a scathing indictment on Imperialism. Of course nowadays with laser guided missiles and what have you this can also be seen as an allegory of modern warfare, with death and destruction raining from the air by a faceless military. Because it can be read on more than one level this story never really ages and is just as enjoyable for a child reading it for the first time, to an adult reading it for the umpteenth time.
If you've never read this before then you have a real treat in store, and if you have read it before you will know how great this is.
Like most people I have read this story countless times, but I have never got bored with it. Influencing other writers in the field with their own 'invasion' stories this is a story that will never go away or age. If you have never read this before then snatch up this edition whilst it is free.
You do have an active table of contents here, and there is also the beginning excerpt of Felix J Palma's 'The Map of the Sky' at the back of this book, after the main story. I should point out that you will see occasionally small numerals in the text of this, but there are no footnotes. The reason for this is that the publisher, Simon and Schuster, have allowed the main text to be used, but not the footnotes as they publish that in a complete 'enriched' edition.
As well as a sci-fi novel this can be seen as so many other things, an allegory for instance of Imperialism, as well as other topics. As I noted above, there are no footnotes for this particular edition, but lets be honest, I seriously doubt that you would need any, and no, the tiny numbers that appear where there would be one doesn't detract from reading the novel.
It was a fascinating read then, and I must admit, I found it just as exciting now, and I am 72 years of age! It just goes to show that good stories never ever fade, but just improve in age.
To all readers out there both young and "mature" alike, this is a wonderful novel not to be missed.
Although there's are a lot of movies based upon this book, there is not one that is anywhere as good as the original story by H G Wells.
Just one further point,the price from Amazon Kindle can not be beaten,worth every penny for the enjoyment this book brings.
Read and enjoy.
The book is written in the first person perspective focusing on a civilian's experiences during a martian invasion from their initial launch to their eventual defeat. The book is slow in places due to HG Wells's description of the martians and their equipment including advanced weaponry such as lasers had never been written about before so he goes into rather a lot of detail, which isn't a bad thing by any means as it still fits perfectly from the point of view of the protagonist and the era it's set in.
Despite the title of the book this isn't like modern titles that are full of heros and explosions though there are plenty in the latter. This is a story about a man's survival, fascination with the unknown as well as his mental state and inner thoughts regarding the events. It's really rather clever and even now everything about it stands out.
Anyone into science fiction should really read this, not just to see the history of the genre but because this victorian book is still a brilliant read.
+ Well ahead of it's time.
+ Detailed in it's description as an observer of events.
+ Incredibly clever ending.
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