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Wednesday Book Review: The Time Machine

The Time Machine

Title: The Time Machine

Author: H.G. Wells

Genre: Fantasy

Book procurement: Received on Google Play Books. You can buy it on Amazon.

Synopsis: (Goodreads)

The Time Traveler embarks on an astonishing journey into the future. His Time Machine transports him to a far-distant but dying world where humanity is divided into two classes: the graceful , idle Eloi who inhabit the idyllic surface of the world, and the Morlocks, ugly nocturnal creatures who live and work underground. In The Time Machine, Wells created one of the first and finest science fiction stories: a social allegory that is both vivid and perturbing.

 

Review:

I got this book from Google Play Store when looking for something classic and light to read. I’ve always wanted to and between this and some H.G. Wells, I’m catching up with the rest of the reading world.

The story follows a character only referred to as the Time Traveler as he returns from the most extraordinary journey on the face of mankind. And I do not say that lightly. He has organized a group of respectable men to hear his almost ludicrous claim, that he was traveled in time to the far future and lived through a haunting experience.

The story was engaging, told from the perspective of the Time Traveler, as he sweeps through time in his machine and lives through a couple of exciting and unnerving days in the future. The first person perspective makes for a more personal telling, which made me cringe as I read them. Particularly when it comes to the Morlocks – monstrous nocturnal creatures living underground that make the Time Traveler’s time quite miserable.

The world itself is quite fantastic. Explained in vivid detail infused with the Traveler’s own emotions, the world felt like it was alive. I could almost see the wide green expanse of the valley or the idyllic Eloi people frolicking in the sun or the sweeping stars as the world spun around the Traveler towards the future.

I enjoyed this unfortunately short tale, with its concepts on humanity, progression and society, and I look forward to more stories by one of the “Fathers of Science Fiction”

Rating: A well-meaning 4 out of 5

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About Nthato Morakabi

Nthato Morakabi is a South African published author. He has short stories appearing in both international and local anthologies, and has published his first book, Beneath the Wax, which opens his three-part novella series "Wax". He is an avid reader, blogger and writer.

7 responses »

  1. Sounds like a good read. I like it when books follow unnamed characters such as the “Time Traveler.” I makes the novel that much more mysterious I think.

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  2. I read this as a teenager (longer ago now than I’d like to dwell on) at about the same time that the film adaptation came out, and I absolutely loved it. I had liked the adaptation, but on reading the book I realized just how much Hollywood had got their paws into the heart of the story and changed it into a sci-fi romantic drama and away from the sci-fi/horror story Wells had written originally.
    It is very much a Victorian Sci-Fi novel, and I agree with you it is too short, but it is a classic sci-fi book and a great time travel story.
    Quite tempted to see if I can find my copy and read it again. Great review.

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  3. MyBookJacket

    I read this ages ago, i think my english teacher suggested it for summer reading and i borrowed a copy from my mum. Really ought to read it again. I’m glad you enjoyed it, old books have a way of making us feel alive.

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