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The Time Machine, Literary Touchstone Classic

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An enjoyable and easy to read story.This is a good book for young people aged between 7 and 12, as well as those slightly older who enjoy a simple read of the classics. The story follows roughly the original and brilliant H. G. Wells story, with the exception of an additional chapter: The Golden Age of Science. The wonderful but simple illustrations added to the retold story, taking me back to my childhood when I first developed a love of books and of reading. A good introduction for young people to... The Time Machine.4As thrilling today as the day it was written.This is possibly the best science-fiction story ever written. The author, who has a strong social conscience, brilliantly warns about the future of humankind. The Morlocks are truly scary, and the Eloi display the tremendous weaknesses of generations of pampered living. The Eloi do have good qualities, such as Wenna s loyalty and gratitude. They are worth saving and teaching. The time traveler is brave and resourceful, but he also makes mistakes so his humanity is also apparent. Please note that some older classics lose their freshness and ability to speak to us over time. This is absolutely not the case with the Time Machine. It is just as thrilling as the day it was written.Also, here is an early hominid that I think looks like a Morlock. At least a little.5This edition IS NOT THE REAL BOOK! Rewritten in INCOMPLETE English. STOLE REVIEWSI would give this particular version zero stars if allowed. It s missing content, garbled and completely illegible. It seemed to be translated by someone who couldn t read English! Returned it once and downloaded again just to be certain. Returning this garbage again. Penguin edition is perfect. This needs to be deleted from a Kindle it is a DISGRACE TO HG WELLS AND KINDLE.1The Movie was betterThe movie was better how often do you hear that? Not often. I listened to the audio-book which was very well read no issues there. The problem is that I remember the movie well and compared it to what I was listening. Are we to believe that this scientist who was intelligent enough to build a time machine and have elevated conversations with his friends, couldn t plan even one step ahead and construct a torch in the same fashion that a caveman could. After the first time of almost being killed in the dark, we would expect him to learn from his mistakes and adapt to the circumstances. The tragedy being that the young girl dies because of his foolishness. Had the scientist died it would have just been poetic justice. In my opinion, the movie had a more believable time line and the main character made mistakes but was able to learn from them as we would expect from someone with his experience and education.3A short story about the future and what it might look likeThis little story of time travel was way shorter than I expected!A tale of someone who builds a time machine, travels way into the future, has an adventure, and arrives back in the past in time for dinner with friends he had shown a prototype of his machine to barely 24 hours before. He proceeds to describe his trip, his experiences, and his adventures after which is not clear who actually believes him or not. In parallel to the "future world" and the story of what happened to him, there is a lot of theorising around how humanity would look so far in the future - particularly in terms of appearance and society based on the needs of the time.3Poor translation?I recently purchased this edition for my Kindle reader. It was $4.00 wasted. I am a fan of H. G. Wells and after 60 + years decided I needed to read this book. It appears that this edition is translated from a foreign language and done very poorly. It is so bad that it is almost unreadable. AVOID THIS PARTICULER EDITION.1Classic scientific story, a good read if you're a fanH.G. Wells `The Time Machine` is a surprising science fiction story for a book published in 1895 (I never felt during the reading that it was such an old novella, it's quite contemporary in writing). The socialist views of the author are easy to identify in the book, but I didn't felt like they were too `imposed` on the reader; I think that such readings are a nice way of understanding other viewpoints (especially coming from other centuries).I'm not into commenting the story line, giving synopsis or spoilers. This book is basically presenting an alternative future of the earth, exploring the technological, social and psychological aspects of that future. The story is quite plausible (given that it's a science fiction work) and I liked that the author created an almost believable future. The level of detailing is just perfect; enough details to recreate the world and character, but not too much that I got bored.Overall, it's not an masterpiece but it's a light enjoyable science fiction read. t's quite similar to `The War of the Worlds` from H. G. Wells, which I also do recommend to people who like classic science fiction.Note: I have read this book in Kindle format, on my smartphone and Kindle device. The reading experience was good, I had no issues. I would have like a better annotated edition of the book.5A Thoroughly Enjoyable Read!This was my first reading of this classic. It'd been on my reading list for years. Mark Twain's quote about classics being "books one always means to read but never gets around to" came to mind as I was reading. I'm so glad I got around to it. Once I started it, I could not put it down. This story is astounding in that it was written in the late 1900s. I've enjoyed time travel stories for years, and now know that Mr. Wells is the father of this subgenre. I recommend this for all ages, particularly young readers.This is the first Amazon Classic I have read. The formatting and editing were excellent, which made it an easy, pleasurable read. This has often not been the case with other classics I have read.5Excellent Story, Ahead of Its TimeI am not a fan of reading classical literature. I hate to admit it, but I think it's because my teachers back in the day made me read them. I could not relate to the characters. I didn't see the point. But now, as an adult, I decided to give HG Well's The Time Machine a chance. I'm a science fiction fan and figured why not.This story impressed me. Mr. Wells has a way of putting together sentences that flows eloquently and easily off the screen. I could see the imagery described, the futuristic humanoids - the Eloi and the Morlock, the scenery of the land and the sky, the monster creatures in the far far distant future. It was all very well told. But I wasn't expecting the Time Traveler to tell the story in the way it was told. I was hoping to experience the future with him as it happened. That's the kicker here. Mr. Wells wrote about the Time Traveler's experiences instead of allowing the reader to be immersed in it with the him...but to me, this time, it worked. Only because Mr. Wells is such an excellent writer.I do feel like the shortcoming of this story was Weena. She was there, and then she was gone. That's all the Time Traveler says really, and the mention of some rescue. But nothing else that really indicates what happened to her. If there's another story, though, I won't be continuing. The book is well-written, very imaginative. Something well ahead of its time. I'm glad I read it.5REAL glad to have this Norton edition!!I read this novella a long time ago with an unedited text. I thought the Morlocks were huge beings that prey upon the beautiful Eloi. Obviously my memory did not serve me well enough as I re-read this story, I have realized how unreliable memory sometimes is. The Eloi is bigger than the Morlock size-wise but it is the the smaller beings that eat the bigger one like cattle.I am really glad to have bought this Norton edition for it is, as usual, excellent in its annotated text,generous selection of contextual information as well as the inclusion of early reviews and recent criticisms. It is critically useful for the editor to include the alternate chapters of the story; it allows the reader to see how different the unused opening chapter is from the published one. The alternate opening chapter, I incline to believe, is far too technical and boring to be appealing to contemporary readers. As the editor points out, the author has revised the main text many times. And surprisingly, what is usually claimed the first edition is NOT exactly the first. That is why this edition by Prof. Arata is particularly praise-worthy as it is the result of having compared both early editions of The Time Machine published on both sides of the Atlantic, together with the earliest edition which has not been much referred to.Contemporary reviewers analyse the novel from various perspective but the better interpretations of the story come from reviewers in the 20th C as the editor has compiled some selections from Bergonzi and Hume, whose essays are very useful. In Cantor's essay, he puts the text in a wider perspective to fit in the imperial discourse and examines the qualities that are term "modern".My own impression is that this work is best read alongside with The Island of Doctor Moreau as both touch upon class, degeneration and cannibalism. As a parable, this story of Mr Wells' is probably his unconscious fear of the proletariat attempt to overrun the bourgeois. In The Island of Doctor Moreau, it is the beasts that try to "get" the island visitor, who has been impersonating the master of the island. This is a tale that can be read in both ways: forward and backward. Humanity in the future has fallen back in its primitive habits: lower level of intelligence and cannibalism.This is a work by a man of genius, as one early reviewer says.5
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