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The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells

The Invisible Man (original 1897; edition 2002)

by H.G. Wells, 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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Re-read for coursera course.

Original review here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/280319880?book_show_action=false ( )
  Dreesie | Apr 12, 2016 |
saw the movie with Kevin Bacon first, then read the book, then watched the film with Claude Rains (1933)
  frahealee | Apr 3, 2016 |
It’s such a great concept, and of course has spawned various derivatives and movie versions over the years, so you have to give H.G. Wells some credit for penning The Invisible Man in 1897. In one of the better aspects of the book, Wells makes the invisible man irascible and increasingly insane, towards the end proclaiming he’s going to go on a reign of terror, and that “this is day one and year one of the new epoch – the Epoch of the Invisible Man. I am Invisible Man the First.” Perhaps that’s what comes from drinking strychnine! Wells also comes up with a reasonably plausible explanation for how invisibility is achieved, far-fetched as it is.

However, I have to say that the novel is not as great as it could have been. There are too many descriptions of chases and physical altercations, and what the book wants is more subtlety. The invisible man uses his power to steal, and I suppose it’s interesting that he’s faced with the dilemma of only being invisible outdoors in January if he’s naked. But the concept could have been expanded on, and he could have been a hidden witness to all sorts of dark things people do privately (and maybe altruistic things as well). He could of course also have been a voyeur. He could have used his power far more intelligently. Meanwhile, those who are pursuing him don’t ever think about throwing flour or something like that onto him so that they can see him. It’s short and worth reading, but a little unfortunate that after a great initial concept from such an intelligent writer that it’s so simple. ( )
1 vote gbill | Apr 1, 2016 |
Probably my least favorite of the Wells novels but still good. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
This wasn't my favorite book by Wells. There wasn't much to like about the main character although I did sympathize with his plight. He made himself invisible and couldn't reverse it - how terrible it would be! Still, his actions were dishonorable - I guess the point of the story is having this ability would drive anyone mad. ( )
  Oodles | Feb 16, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
H. G. Wellsprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
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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The stranger came early in February one wintry day, through a biting wind and a driving snow, the last snowfall of the year, over the down, walking as it seemed from Bramblehurst railway station and carrying a little black portmanteau in his thickly gloved hand.
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On a cold day in February, a stranger arrives in the village of Iping. He wears gloves and dark glasses, even inside, and his face is covered in bandages. Soon crimes occur that cannot be explained, and the townspeople realize the unthinkable truth: the strange man is invisible--and he is slowly going mad. The Invisible Man is a dangerous enemy who must be stopped. But if no one can see him, how can he be caught?
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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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