The Invisible Man

A Grotesque Romance

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Author: H.G. Wells
Published: 1897
Language: English
Wordcount: 48,900 / 148 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 81.8
LoC Category: PS
Audiobook: librivox.org
Downloads: 67,088
mnybks.net#: 7340
Origin: gutenberg.org

The Invisible Man of the title is ''Griffin'', a scientist who theorizes that if a person's refractive index is changed to exactly that of air and his body does not absorb or reflect light, then he will not be visible. He successfully carries out this procedure on himself, but begins to become mentally unstable as a result...

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"Very useful things indeed they are, sir," said Mrs. Hall.

"And I'm very naturally anxious to get on with my inquiries."

"Of course, sir."

"My reason for coming to Iping," he proceeded, with a certain deliberation of manner, "was ... a desire for solitude. I do not wish to be disturbed in my work. In addition to my work, an accident--"

"I thought as much," said Mrs. Hall to herself.

"--necessitates a certain retirement. My eyes--are sometimes so weak and painful that I have to shut myself up in the dark for hours together. Lock myself up. Sometimes--now and then. Not at present, certainly. At such times the slightest disturbance, the entry of a stranger into the room, is a source of excruciating annoyance to me--it is well these things should be understood."

"Certainly, sir," said Mrs. Hall. "And if I might make so bold as to ask--"

"That I think, is all," said the stranger, with that quietly irresistible

Reviews

Average Rating of 3.8 from 14 reviews: ****

good

2011.06.04
DWS
*****

An enjoyable story that held my interest from beginning to end.

2010.09.15
Ashley
*****

About halfway through the lovely audiobook, and enjoying every minute. Highly recommended.

2010.05.19
atlasshrugged
****.

It s a classic for a reason, but personally did not like the main character.

2009.12.16
harat
*****

i love this book and wants everyone to read this

2009.03.31
snickle14
****.

A very good read with some dry areas but mostly superb. Very well written.

2008.11.11
ghiblsk
**...

The book was off to a very slow start, and sped up at the end. it was always too litte action. in all, it was pretty boring

2008.05.02
Sabrina
*****

I thought that The Invisable Man was a well writion book.H.G Wells did an excellent job on this book.He showed just enough details and used persuation to get people into reading the book.H.G Wells is an ecellent writer!

2007.07.12
Gino
*****

Great Classic!
I'd recommend this to all my friends. Tha character growth is very interesting, and the way each page grabs your attention was great. There were low points and high points. And as far as a book written in the time of H.G. Wells I have to say is a great read.

2007.04.29
Kate
**...

I thought it was terrible. The invisible man was not a sympathetic character at all. He was not only psychotic, but he was selfish and annoying. I didn't grow to care what happened to him at all. He was a miserable, unhappy character with no soul, no conscience and no redeeming qualities at all.

2006.01.29
Luiz
****.

Very good. Like Dracula, I liked reading something that I watched in movies, and that everybody knows. The book also has parts that I considered very "wise", I surely learn something reading this.

The bad things is the almost inexistents parts that are kind of impossible to happen, and one or two chapters that were boring, because nothing cool or important happened.

2005.02.06
agentgray
*****

An incredibly haunting book written by H.G. Wells in the late nineteenth century.

The story details the life of a young scientist who is trying to solve one of man's more interesting ideas: invisibility. Not only does he accomplish his feat, he cannot undo the task. This is only where the book begins...

As a result, he becomes completely mad, terrorizing the English countryside.

Wells does a superb job of giving away just enough detail into the mind of the invisible man (kudos if you know his name) the protagonist turned antagonist, while keeping the book short enough that it can be read in one cozy, rainy afternoon or into the haunting of a thunderstorm-filled evening.

The dialogue brings the reader to a jerking halt, wondering what will happen next and pushing you to turn the pages till the very end.

Available in the public domain, it can be found just about anywhere.

Invisibility can bring great power. However, along with it comes great responsibility. Can man's mind handle the task? Wells gets into the readers mind and makes them think if being invisible would be all that great.

"Listen to reason, will you?" said the Invisible Man, sticking to him in spite of a pounding in the ribs. "By Heaven! you'll madden me in a minute!

"Lie still, you fool!" bawled the Invisible Man in Kemp's ear.

Kemp struggled for another moment and then lay still.

"If you shout I'll smash your face," said the Invisible Man, relieving his mouth. "I'm an Invisible Man. It's no foolishness, and no magic. I really am an Invisible Man. And I want your help. I don't want to hurt you, but if you behave like a frantic rustic, I must.

2005.01.21
Tony
***..

I liked it - kinda slow in parts, and absolutely no romance, but the way the scientist's personality changes is interesting.

And it helps answer the age-old question "Would you rather be invisible, or be able to fly?"

2005.01.03
xenaeva
*....

it sucks balls


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