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The Time Machine de Carlo Pagetti
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The Time Machine (edició 2002)

de Carlo Pagetti

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Títol:The Time Machine
Autors:Carlo Pagetti
Informació:Signet Classics, Paperback, 118 pages
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The Time Machine de Carlo Pagetti

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I'd known the story and seen several adaptations, but I realized I never read the novella. It's really quick to read, once you get used to the vernacular and copious amounts of exposition. The language was particularly difficult since my dictionaries often didn't include the archaic words. Perhaps having an OED by one's side while reading would be good.

Overall, the book was okay. The story didn't flow well, likely due to the action being described rather than experienced. This could be emblematic of stories from this time (1895). I did enjoy the descriptions of the stars and the sun, especially as he advanced even further into the future.

I loved his poking fun at writers, and human knowledge in general, as he describes the decayed books in a library in the far future. What he thought were simply tattered brown rags, he "presently recognized as the decaying vestiges of books ... Had I been a literary man I might, perhaps, have moralized upon the futility of all ambition. But as it was, the thing that struck me with keenest force was the enormous waste of labour to which this sombre wilderness of rotting paper testified."

I also like his comments on the Haves and Have Nots, seen through a Darwinian lens, where workers become underground dwellers while the rich, who owned much of the land already, secured the upper world for themselves. It's funny that I scribbled down this comment then a few sentences later, saw it almost verbatim in the text Wells wrote. ( )
  drew_asson | Dec 3, 2020 |
I was tempted to give this book fewer stars. The characterization is exceedingly thin. The protagonist is a complete cipher with no family or other important relationships. If he even has a name, I don't remember it less than a month after finishing the book.

But, I went for five stars because this book was downright gripping. The character isn't the point of the story; the changes that humanity has gone through as a result of future evolution is the heart and soul of the tale. It's a disturbing though experiment that makes assumptions about society that feel quite relevant to me. The victorian era stratifiction between the rich and the poor... is our society today really all that different? If you're liberal, you can read this novel as a tale of how mistreating the poor will turn them into dangerous monsters. If you're conservative, this might be read as a morality tale about the poor eating the rich.

Once you get past the unscientific plot device of the time machine itself, this is one of the most "sciencey" science fiction novels I've ever read. A genuine treat for the mind. ( )
  James_Maxey | Jun 29, 2020 |
It's OK - not very long, not particularly great - but it does have some good things going on.

Probably the best thing about it is that it was written 113 years ago, and was one of the first modern science fiction stories (yes, I know).

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  CiaraCat | Jan 9, 2020 |
The story is the account of an unidentified narrator relaying what was told to him by The Time Traveller. After having created a machine to travel forward in time, the Traveller returns to tell his friends of the society he encountered.

Man has evolved into two species. The Eloi, described as beautiful, playful, small people, live above ground in what appears to be a utopian society. The Morlocks are an albino, half-man, half-ape species that lives underground. Over his time with the Eloi, the Traveller develops the theory that the Eloi are the noble, ruling class. All goods are made by the Morlocks and the Eloi simply fill their days with play and eating. The Traveller later learns the ugly truth that the Eloi are actually the bred food source for the Morlocks.

This was a super-quick read. However, Wells managed to pack in a lot of detail into a small space. He was very descriptive with an economy of words. The relationship of the two races makes an interesting social commentary about the working class and elites. I'm not familiar with politics of the late 1800s, but it's definitely something for consideration today. ( )
  pmtracy | Dec 17, 2019 |
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