The Time Machine

The Time Machine

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The Time Machine by H. G. Wells

Published:

1895

Pages:

78

ISBN:

0451528557

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The Time Machine

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A brilliant fantasy beyond conventional thought...

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thought of it. It's plain enough, and helps the paradox delightfully. We cannot see it, nor can we appreciate this machine, any more than we can the spoke of a wheel spinning, or a bullet flying through the air. If it is travelling through time fifty times or a hundred times faster than we are, if it gets through a minute while we get through a second, the impression it creates will of course be only one-fiftieth or one-hundredth of what it would make if it were not travelling in time. That's plain enough.' He passed his hand through the space in which the machine had been. `You see?' he said, laughing.

We sat and stared at the vacant table for a minute or so. Then the Time Traveller asked us what we thought of it all.

`It sounds plausible enough to-night,' said the Medical Man; 'but wait until to-morrow. Wait for the common sense of the morning.'

`Would you like to see the Time Machine itself?' asked the Time Traveller. And therewith, taking the lamp in his hand, he led the way down

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Its accessibility might disguise the astounding level of insight and intelligence within the pages. It may seem like an adventure with a relatively shallow, cursory commentary on social conditions, but a bit of contemplation will reveal some staggering predictions (and warnings!) from Wells.

Take from this story whatever you like (it is simply fun on the surface!). However, if you find yourself dismissing its message as a simple warning against the stratification of society, then I recommend you think a little harder about what it is truly trying to tell you. Perhaps what you thought were metaphors weren't quite as abstract as you thought; and those aspects you dismissed as plot mechanics mean a bit more.
The powerful descriptions alone, especially towards the end, are staggering. Its almost hard to find words for it.
A fantastic book! Relatively easy to read (saying a lot for some 19th century literature) and the sheer imagination involved given the time is, at times, breathtaking.
this book is a great book and even tough they never give an exact name "the time traveler"is the best caracter even though he dissapprers in the end
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