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The Sea Lady Hardcover – October, 2001
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About the Author
Herbert George Wells (21 September 1866 – 13 August 1946), known primarily as H. G. Wells, was a prolific English writer in many genres, including the novel, history, politics, and social commentary, and textbooks and rules for war games. He is now best remembered for his science fiction novels, and Wells is called the father of science fiction, along with Jules Verne and Hugo Gernsback. His most notable science fiction works include The Time Machine(1895), The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897), and The War of the Worlds (1898). Wells' earliest specialized training was in biology, and his thinking on ethical matters took place in a specifically and fundamentally Darwinian context. He was also from an early date an outspoken socialist, often (but not always, as at the beginning of the First World War) sympathising with pacifist views. His later works became increasingly political and didactic, and he wrote little science fiction, while he sometimes indicated on official documents that his profession was that of journalist. Novels like Kipps and The History of Mr Polly, which describe lower-middle-class life, led to the suggestion, when they were published, that he was a worthy successor to Charles Dickens, but Wells described a range of social strata and even attempted, in Tono-Bungay (1909), a diagnosis of English society as a whole. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
Her motives are not quite clear; nor are her intentions of what she plans to do with the young man after she gets him, since she lives beneath the sea. After the first meeting, and all during the first half of the book we meet a lot of characters and hear a lot of gossip, but the mermaid plays little part in it. In fact, in some chapters she isn't mentioned at all.
The second half of the story gets back to the mermaid and, with strong sexual overtones, investigates her motives as she selects her target and uses her charms to pull him away from his current lady friend. Here the story changes subtly, and begins to have a "Twilight-Zoneish" feel about it. The second half of the book pulled me in, and during the last quarter of it I couldn't put it down.
It finishes beautifully. The writing is superb. Wells's talent is very obvious here, with some of the best writing he ever did, but some readers find the story too inconsequential and tedious. I started with that impression, but it changed after I was into the second part of it. In my opinion, had the first half been drastically trimmed in order to get more quickly to the middle, it would have been an outstanding story.
Anyway....this was a really interesting little story. Set during 1899, a proper English family takes in a mermaid and passes her off as human. It's rather humorous how they react to her and she reacts to them and being on land. The whole time, I'm thinking that she's got to be up to something unsavory and I can't wait to read more to find out why she really came to shore and what will happen with the people who have befriended her.
The whole story is told by a narrator who has his "facts" second and even third hand from "eyewitnesses." I've never read a story quite like that. The language was a little difficult to understand, sometimes, but nothing too difficult. I'm afraid of giving away too much, so I'll stop there. If you like mermaids, and light reading with a small touch of mystery, then I recommend this book.
This really should be better known. It came during the masters peak period between 1895 and 1905. Place this with the best of his work.
another star because it's fun and humorous
on star because it's free
I could not finish it.