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The Time Machine Mass Market Paperback – December 15, 1992
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Grade 7 Up-H.G. Welles' classic begins at an English dinner party where a group of gentlemen are discussing the device that one of them is making so he can explore the fourth dimension. No one is identified by name but when the men gather the following week, the device's inventor, referred to as Time Traveler, is strangely absent. When he arrives later, he recounts his amazing sojourn into the future. Most of this 1895 novella deals with Time Traveler's stay in a world where dark forces lurk behind an idyllic exterior. After narrowly escaping from a forest fire and hostile creatures, Time Traveler uses his invention to investigate other time periods before returning to share his story with his friends. Despite the fact that he has returned with never-before-seen flowers, most of his companions do not believe him. When one of the dinner guests stops by Time Traveler's home a few days later, he is the last one to see the inventor before he and his Time Machine disappear. Ralph Cosham narrates this science fiction standard bearer with a controlled intensity that gives the story the feel of a modern drama. Add to that Welles' ability to predict some contemporary scenarios, and this recording will interest 21st century listeners. With a sturdy case and continual tracking every three minutes, this production will be a useful addition to school and public libraries that want to add classics to their science fiction holdings.
Barbara Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library. Rocky Hill, CT
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“[Wells] contrives to give over humanity into the clutches of the Impossible and yet manages to keep it down (or up) to its humanity, to its flesh, blood, sorrow, folly.” —Joseph Conrad --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Basically, Wells is posing the question of What will man be like in the distant future? His answer is quite unlike any kind of scenario that modern readers, schooled on Star Wars, Star Trek, and the like, would come up with. He gives birth to a simple and tragic society made up of the Eloi and the Morlocks. In contrasting these two groups, he offers a critique of sorts of men in his own time. Clearly, he is worried about the gap between the rich and the poor widening in his own world and is warning his readers of the dangers posed by such a growing rift. It is most interesting to see how the Time Traveler's views of the future change over the course of his stay there.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful book! My daughter read it as summer vacation homework after 4th grade. she enjoyed reading it.Published 3 days ago by hag
Rereading Time Machine for the umpteenth time was visiting an old friend. Always fun. Kindle permits a casual reread at any time.Published 8 days ago by Philip P. Smith
This was probably innovative thinking and exciting writing in its time, but I am not a Sci-Fi. fan, so I read this for classic merit and didn't care for it.Published 10 days ago by bookworm
I do not believe that the world would end up the way it was described. It is a Waste of time .Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
Introducing my nephew to the classics, starting with the shorter books. The print is super tiny but that is offset by the super cheap price. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Amazon Customer