The Time Machine


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Penguin Classics presents H. G. Wells' The Time Machine, adapted for audio and now available as a digital download as part of the Penguin English Library series. Read by the actor Brian Cox. 'Great shapes like big machines rose out of the dimness, and cast grotesque black shadows, in which dim spectral Morlocks sheltered from the glare' Chilling, prophetic and hugely influential, The Time Machine sees a Victorian scientist propel himself into the year 802,701 AD, where he is delighted to find that suffering has been ...

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Feb 14, 2017

A must.

Brilliant, as a mature Uni student I have decided to buy all the books on my reading list. Wonderful information and an asset that hasn't cost the earth.


Oct 3, 2015

Just not my cup of tea.

I just really couldn't get into this book. The idea of it is all great and super interesting (I mean, who doesn't find time travel interesting?) It's just the writing itself that got to me. H.G. Wells tends to somehow use a TON of words without actually saying anything which very quickly started making the book less and less appealing to me.
I'm not saying that there's no way anyone else could like this book. It's just the writing style that I don't like and that sort of thing differs with every individual. So others could easily like it even though I didn't.

I tried so hard to get into this book and I tried so hard to like it but I just couldn't. I'm going to try to read one of Wells' other books and see if it's just the writing style in "The Time Machine" I didn't like or if it's H.G. Wells' overall writing style in general.


Jul 26, 2008

what would it really be like to travel to the futu

The Time Machine was written in 1895 when Wells was 29. The idea of time travel has always fascinated most everyone. Wells paints a terrible vision for the future--that there is no future. The Time Traveler (we never know his name) goes forward in time to the year 802,701 A.D. and finds a race of people, called Eloi, that do nothing but sit around and eat fruit. All the buildings are in the state of near collapse, and the Eloi seem to not care about anything. Then he finds that there is another race of people living underground, called Morlocks. They turn out to be cannibals, and are eating the Eloi as if they were cattle. In fact, it turns out that the Morlocks feed and clothe the Eloi. The Time Traveler continues to travel forward in time and sees that the earth has stopped spinning and is slowly moving towards the sun. According to Wells, that is our future. Facinating but scary and sad.

Ron Townsend

Jul 25, 2008

The beginning of science fiction

The Time Machine was the first book I read in Classics Illustrated as a boy and then
read as a young adult in paperback. The idea of traveling in time has been with us
over a century although we probably couldn't do it because we would also decrease
or increase in age. The irony of the two races in 800000 AD is a thoughtful Darwinian
concept and Wells suggests that there is no future for mankind if we continue to evolve.
Traveling back in time would jeopardize history and traveling forward in time would
give us the benefit of hindsight. This book is a classic of early science fiction and
is brilliant in its concept.

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