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Thursday, April 05, 2012

THE TIME MACHINE BY H.G. WELLS

H. G. Wells














BOOK REVIEW
The Time Machine
by H.G. Wells
p. 1896
Guternberg Project Ebook #35(!)
Read on Ipad/Ebook

  I suppose a useful specialty in 19th century British literature would be adapting Victorian source material to modern taste. Then a movie studio could call you up and be like, "Hey we're having trouble making this Charlotte Bronte novel into a movie, can you help us punch up the script?" And you would be like, "Hell yeah!!!"

 The Time Machine was a break-out hit for Wells- published first in serial form then as a book.  It has become an enduring text that has spawned numerous sequels and re-makes in the form of both books and movies.   The division it introduces between "Eloi" and "Morlocks"- one living above the ground- one living below- is a themes that resonates outside Wells specific milieu of early sci-fi. For example, you can see that same theme in many Zombie movies.

  It is, I think also uncomfortably close to Racist theories of evolution that mar late 19th and early 20th century thought.  I don't think you can really call Wells a Racist- he seems like a pretty progressive dude, but The Time Machine can't help but adopt a social Darwinist tinge.

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