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The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells

The Invisible Man (original 1897; edition 2002)

by H.G. Wells (Author), Arthur C. Clarke (Introduction)

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Title:The Invisible Man
Authors:H.G. Wells (Author)
Other authors:Arthur C. Clarke (Introduction)
Info:Modern Library (2002), New York, Paperback, 159p.
Collections:Your library, eBooks, Read, Read 2013, The List, Buy and Get 2011, Readable
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The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells (1897)


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Finished this last night. Would have enjoyed it more if there was a little more science and a little less raging mass of a main character... ( )
  kephradyx | Jun 20, 2017 |
The Invisible Man is the sad story of an unfortunate scientist Griffin, whose desire for power and fame led him to madness and ultimately to his saddening demise. The environment of the book is also somewhat depressing. From the opening page to the last one, some dark feeling grasped me while reading this little book. Being the invisible man, Griffin is no more trusted by anyone and for his survival he got himself involved in several unfortunate events. All these led him to his insanity and turned him into an evil creature, a monster.I could almost feel the fear when Griffin was terrorizing the village using his invisible self. I also felt the pain and agony The Invisible Man was suffering from. There were times I became sympathetic to Griffin and there were times I wanted to slay him as well.

The short book takes very little time to read. The events are fast. One incident gives rise to another and then another and it goes on. The dark narrative style is brilliantly executed by Wells. It keeps the pressure on your chest when you're into this book. I kinda bought the scientific explanation how Griffin found a way to be invisible. He changed his body's refractive index to that of air so that it can absorb all the light and reflect none and thus, becomes invisible. Other than this, there is very little science in the book and it's mostly a fantasy. But what the heck, it's a great story. I loved the climax specially. It was very logical and inevitable. I loved the 'duality' of the central character as well. You don't come across those books everyday where the same person plays both the roles of protagonist and antagonist. A very good read indeed. ( )
1 vote Shaker07 | May 18, 2017 |
This is such a famous novel that I was expecting a far better read. The opening chapter, as a muffled mysterious stranger comes to an inn, asking for a room and to not be disturbed is full of promise. But the rest of the story was tedious, as the invisible man loses his temper, and seems only to want to revenge himself on others. What is fascinating is the title which captures the imagination. But Wells strangely concentrates on the downside of invisibility - having to be naked in cold weather, being unable to eat invisibly, having others bump into you, without having some fun plus side moments.

So, a great idea, and I'm sure this is why the novel is 'a classic' - but none of the characters were particularly interesting, the invisible man himself plain peculiar, and what he gets up to bizarre and slow-moving. ( )
  LARA335 | Mar 14, 2017 |
I liked this but it was so much sadder than I was expecting. A book about loneliness. ( )
1 vote laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
Saw the movie when I was kid but didn't remember much about it so decided to read the book. It was ok, but a little hard to follow. ( )
  trezzadude | Sep 7, 2016 |
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H. G. Wellsprimary authorall editionscalculated
Gómez de la Serna, JulioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kuylman, J.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Loggem, Manuel vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Parrinder, PatrickEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Priest, ChristopherIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Strimpl, LouisIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451528522, Mass Market Paperback)

This masterpiece of science fiction is the fascinating story of Griffin, a scientist who creates a serum to render himself invisible, and his descent into madness that follows.

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The tale of a scientist who discovers how to make his body become invisible, but, when he can't make himself visible again, becomes violently insane.

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3 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

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