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The Invisible Man av H. G. Wells
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The Invisible Man (urspr publ 1897; utgåvan 2010)

av H. G. Wells (Författare), W. Warren Wagar (Inledning), Scott Westerfeld (Efterord)

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A quiet English country village is disturbed by the arrival of a mysterious stranger who keeps his face hidden and his back to everyone.
Medlem:Marnix.Princen
Titel:The Invisible Man
Författare:H. G. Wells (Författare)
Andra författare:W. Warren Wagar (Inledning), Scott Westerfeld (Efterord)
Info:Signet (2010), Edition: Reprint, 208 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Taggar:Literature, British Literature, English Literature, Science Fiction, Fiction, H.G. Wells, Penguin Signet Classics

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I didn't know this story at all. It is the story of a scientist gone mad. Not the greatest classic I've ever read but worth reading just to know the actual story. ( )
  boldforbs | Jan 15, 2021 |
One wintry day in a small, quiet English village, a stranger appears. He takes a room at the inn and keeps himself to himself. But his intense privacy, the bandages he wears, and the way he never eats around other people all arouse the suspicion of the locals. They aren’t quite sure what he is, or what he has done, but they are positive he has done something, and the speculation and rumours grow and spread. None of them, however, come close to the truth. He is invisible!

H. G. Wells’ The Invisible Man is a story the basics of which are known to many people. A scientist meddles and experiments, and succeeds in turning himself invisible. He thinks it will lead to all sorts of advantages for him. Of course he soon discovers that there are more disadvantages that advantages, and he is unable to turn himself visible.

It is a story of selfishness and madness.

And it is one of the founding books for the “mad scientist” trope. Frankenstein may have created a monster, but he wasn’t insane, just irresponsible. Dr. Moreau & Griffen, H. G. Wells’ characters are selfish and think of nothing but themselves. They are not the mad cackling men of popular culture, but they are still, to my mind, mad in that they pay no mind to society and other people. They think only of themselves and what they can get out of a situation. I’d be tempted to say that they probably come out of a conservative view of the world, in that they suggest that men are inherently inclined towards evil, and only society’s pressures and rules keeps people on the straight and narrow. I’m not sure I agree with that, but it certainly explains these books.

And although the central story here shares some similarities with The Island of Doctor Moreau the tone is utterly different. There the horror and the craziness was visible from the outset; here it is a much more restrained horror. It reads almost like a cosy mystery, with the strangeness being all the stranger because it occurs in the known and the usual, it happens in England, not in some foreign exotic island.

It is a solid read, and very entertaining, and I am glad I read it. I’m not sure if I’ll ever reread it though. ( )
  Fence | Jan 5, 2021 |
WARNING: my comments contain some (mild) spoilers! Read at your own risk ;)

I wanted to like this so much more than I ended up doing, I had such high hopes, but I struggled with some aspects of the story.

I admire the idea of the story and the basic premisse. Nowadays, it might seem a bit simple, but it was rather groundbreaking in its day.
Also, the effort that went into inventing the pseudo-science to explain the invisibility, kudos. (the incorporation of the explanation of light absorbtion and refraction and that being why we see objects and colours was rather neat).

But...
Wells tries to build up tension and mystery at the start of the book, being very mysterious about the (yet) unnamed character's condition (it's only at the end of chapter 4 that the invisibility is revealed).
But this build-up was totally ruined for me (and bordered on annoyance), because of the blatantly obvious TITLE of the book.

Also, Griffin is, especially in the first few chapters a mean, evil man. He is rude to people on purpose, without reason or cause. And he intentionally physically hurts them.
Yes, his running around town and evading capture is rather slapstick, but instead of just disappearing (he is invisible after all), he is intend on wreaking havoc.

Later on (around chapter 20-22) he seems to mellow out a bit (whilst talking to Kemp) and it becomes evident that this bad behaviour stems from his misguided sense of entitlement. In some sort of twisted way, he actually believes he has the right to take people's money and belongings.
Now this put the character of Griffin in a whole new light for me, and although he doesn't become more likeable because of this, and his actions are not to be condoned, it does make the two-dimensional, evil Griffin into a more human character.
(I've met people IRL with this kind of twisted feeling of entitlement, so it gave me a frame of reference for his (in)humanity. Nevertheless, he remains an obnoxious, misguided man).
This calm period only last a very short time, and Griffin returns to a full-blown psychopath state of mind, destined to reign with terror over the countryside.
His objective behind this terror remains a mystery (to me, at least). Psycho's usually have a clear objective and a (twisted) reasoning behind it, and terror for terror's sake is not an objective.

And on a side note another thing that bugged me: All throughout he's been complaining about being cold (because he's naked to be invisible), and has a constant snivel, yet the first thing he made invisible (right before the poor cat) was A PIECE OF WHITE WOOLEN FABRIC.
Why didn't he make himself some invisible clothes? Granted, he couldn't have done it in the same room as where he became invisible because he was chased, but after first arriving in Iping, he has the space (and apparant means) to do so in the parlour he occupies.
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  HeyMimi | Jan 1, 2021 |
I guess this should be considered a classic, at least in the Science Fiction area, but it is not a wonder of readability. After H. G. Wells broke new ground I think others used that ground to produce better books. Still, it's short and it is well worth it to read it to get the historical background.

Since the price is €0.00 (no longer controlled by any publisher), it's well worth a look. ( )
  bratell | Dec 25, 2020 |
Few canon classics really stand up to the test of time. It’s nice when I come across something that does and H.G. Wells’ The Invisible Man was a nice surprise. ⠀
  EQReader | Dec 1, 2020 |
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Foster, AlexBerättaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Gómez de la Serna, JulioÖversättaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
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Wagar, W. WarrenInledningmedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
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