Status: Read from May 1 to May 6, 2018
My rating: /5
Author: H. G. Wells
There are good scientist and there are great scientists, but Griffin is out on his own. A dazzling mind and a driving ambition have carried him to the very frontiers of modern science, and beyond into territory never before explored. For Griffin has pioneered a new field, the science of invisibility, and dedicated his life to the achievement of a single goal – that of becoming invisible himself.
With such a prize at stake, what sacrifice could be too great? What personal tie would not seem trivial; what ethical scruple not pale into insignificance? Through long, lonely days and nights Griffin has pursued his fantasy of invisibility, yet even as he attains his dreams, his nightmare begins…
With such a prize of power comes an unimagined prize out of the ordinary, out of society, out of life – can an invisible man be a man at all?
Whenever I wished for a superpower, I wished either for being able to fly or becoming invisible. But never thought about the drawbacks of such superpowers. But after reading this book I think I should re-consider my these wishes.
This is the story about Griffin. This guy has an extraordinary mind and was very much fascinated by light. This was the reason he opted for physics over medicine. His ambitions and the idea of the advantages he would have if he becomes invisible made him dedicate all his time and efforts to make a new invention in the field of science of invisibility. He becomes successful in making himself invisible. He was so ecstatic about the success and the benefits of his newly achieved superpower that he forgets about the hurdles he will have due to his this very superpower.
The story being in a place called Iping, where a stranger visits Mrs. Hall’s inn and rents a parlor room. The stranger seems mysterious and his identity is impossible to determine, as his face is covered in bandages, and he maintains a hostile resistance to Mrs. Hall’s enquiries. The description of the stranger gives an impression of a mummy wearing winter attire in chilly London weather. The stranger has a bad temper and there are many occasions where his outbreak of violence is mentioned.
After all the invisible man is a human with human needs. He needs warm clothes to save himself from winter and food to survive. He cannot roam the streets naked always. Now Griffin desperately wants to complete his research and find a way out to become visible again. But he meets Dr. Kemp. His plan changes. He trusts Kemp and shares his plan to establish a reign of terror.
The story is divided into chapters which are easy to understand, and the narrative is good to keep the flow with rich English.
About the Author:
In 1866, (Herbert George) H.G. Wells was born to a working-class family in Kent, England. Young Wells received a spotty education, interrupted by several illnesses and family difficulties, and became a draper’s apprentice as a teenager. The headmaster of Midhurst Grammar School, where he had spent a year, arranged for him to return as an “usher,” or student teacher. Wells earned a government scholarship in 1884, to study biology under Thomas Henry Huxley at the Normal School of Science. Wells earned his bachelor of science and doctor of science degrees at the University of London. After marrying his cousin, Isabel, Wells began to supplement his teaching salary with short stories and freelance articles, then books, including The Time Machine (1895), The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897), and The War of the Worlds (1898).
Wells created a mild scandal when he divorced his cousin to marry one of his best students, Amy Catherine Robbins. Although his second marriage was lasting and produced two sons, Wells was an unabashed advocate of free (as opposed to “indiscriminate”) love. He continued to openly have extra-marital liaisons, most famously with Margaret Sanger, and a ten-year relationship with the author Rebecca West, who had one of his two out-of-wedlock children. A one-time member of the Fabian Society, Wells sought active change. His 100 books included many novels, as well as nonfiction, such as A Modern Utopia (1905), The Outline of History (1920), A Short History of the World (1922), The Shape of Things to Come (1933), and The Work, Wealth and Happiness of Mankind (1932). One of his booklets was Crux Ansata, An Indictment of the Roman Catholic Church. Although Wells toyed briefly with the idea of a “divine will” in his book, God the Invisible King (1917), it was a temporary aberration. Wells used his international fame to promote his favorite causes, including the prevention of war, and was received by government officials around the world. He is best-remembered as an early writer of science fiction and futurism.
He was also an outspoken socialist. Wells and Jules Verne are each sometimes referred to as “The Fathers of Science Fiction”. D. 1946.
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