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The Time Machine and The Island of Doctor Moreau (The World's Classics) Paperback – March 28, 1996

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Product Details

  • Series: The World's Classics
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (March 28, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192828258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192828255
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 0.5 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,013,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Although one may cavil with Wells's stilted and slightly awkward writing style, one cannot deny the incredible scope of these stories. On the one hand, "The Time Machine" reflects Wells's own socialist political views, his view on life and abundance, and the contemporary angst about industrial relations. On the other hand, it's also an early example of the Dying Earth subgenre. The portion of the novella that sees the Time Traveller in a distant future where the sun is huge and red also places "The Time Machine" within the realm of eschatology -- the study of end times, the final judgment, the end of the world, and the ultimate destiny of mankind. "The Island of Dr. Moreau" deals with a number of philosophical themes -- such as pain and cruelty, moral responsibility, human identity, and human interference with nature.
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By A Customer on March 19, 1999
Format: Paperback
Wells has an extremely intelligent style of writing. It is a welcomed releif from today's mindless science fiction devoid of class and sophistication.
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