The Time Machine

The Time Machine

Book - 1978
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Publisher: New York : Scholastic Book Services, [1978]
Copyright Date: ©1978
ISBN: 9780590120616
Characteristics: 123 pages ; 18 cm


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bibliosara Nov 23, 2018

Another classic by H.G. Wells, The Time Machine explores the possibilities of the unknown in unexpected ways. An enterprising and eccentric inventor comes up with a way to travel across time (the 4th dimension), but ends up stranded in a future hundreds of thousands of years in the future, during a time of astonishing ignorance and seeming peace… until depraved creatures appear in a perilous turn of events. Eerie, sad, and compelling, The Time Machine provokes thought and wonder while also making the reader feel ever so slightly the chill of Fate's hand.

Sep 12, 2018

HG Wells' weaves a gripping story about a time traveller who has built a time machine in his laboratory and used it with great success to travel into the future. What he discovers about the fate of humanity in the distant future of year 802702 AD is not at all what he nor the reader expected. The concept is fresh and interesting, the narrative is richly detailed, homage given to science fiction enthusiasts in particular. It is also interesting that all major characters in the book is nameless except one, the symbolism is there for the reader to interpret. The pacing started slow at first but picked up soon. Lengthwise, the book is a short read. I would recommend to anyone interested in science fiction.

Jun 11, 2018

The Time Machine is one of my favorite classics, and H. G. Wells is my favorite classic author. This was the second of three novels I have read by Wells, and one of my favorites. One of the best things about his writing is that he is not overly wordy and has elaborate works that you can read in a short amount of time. He also has an entertaining way of wording things which makes his chapters compelling and dramatic. Hardly past the exposition, one of many memorable scenes is made suspenseful with his thrilling wording: “I think I must have had a kind of frenzy. I remember running violently in and out among the moonlit bushes all round the sphinx, and startling some white animal that, in the dim light, I took for a small deer.” His writing style intrigues the reader and sparks curiosity. One drawback of The Time Machine is that the characters are not particularly interesting or relatable. The main characters of many of his books are pretty regular middle aged men. However, his writing is very unique and beyond imagination, and I’m a big fan of this book.

Summary: The story begins at a dinner party where the main character, ‘The Time Traveller,’ brings up ideas of time travel to the other guests, who are skeptical. But he shows up late to the following dinner party and tells a story of his travels to the year 802,700. In the future he met small, dumb, lazy creatures called the Eloi who he thought to be descendants of humans. He gets close with one of these creatures after saving her, a girl named Weena, from drowning. His time machine then gets mysteriously stolen, so he has to stick around to get it back. Pretty soon he sees signs of a creepy, ghostly species, also descending from humans, called Morlocks. He finds out they live underground and goes down to see them, but they are creepy and revolting and the Time Traveller immediately considers them the enemy. He then spends some time traveling to a faraway building that he saw earlier, and here he finds a museum from which he takes a weapon. While he travels back to where he started he sleeps in the woods with Weena and gets attacked by Morlocks during a dramatic forest fire. Many Morlocks die as well as Weena. When he gets back he finds his time machine, stolen by the Morlocks, in the middle of a trap. He manages to fight his way through the trap and get away in his machine. Then there is a strange chapter of him traveling to the end of the Earth which is silent and dead. He then returns to the dinner party to tell the story. The novel ends with the narrator telling us that the Time Traveller enters his machine later and doesn’t return.

The whole plot is quite a bit to think about, especially with so many ideas of the future and time. Throughout the story the Time Traveller gives many theories on how humans ended up this way, which makes you think about predicting the far future, what will get worse, what will get better, and how our current actions are affecting the end of it all. Will humanity improve or deteriorate? His theories also include the analysis of humanity’s two descendants-- one being leisurely and peaceful and the other being carnivorous and rough. These ideas deal with issues like upper and lower class, masculinity and femininity, and more. Wells also brings in other ideas to provoke thought. For instance, he never gives his character a name, like he has done before in other books. He also throws in some ideas about progress, and whether it really exists, because everything just ends up ending. The end of the world is a big symbol of these ideas, as well as the deterioration of humanity. Overall, this story is packed with unique and profound new ideas put together in one exciting and impressive plot.

Apr 20, 2018

This interesting Wells work is NOT about a utopian society. It's a symbolic message, a higher meaning - it shows the present, in fact, where those who live in the dark cannibalize those who live in the light (i.e. who think clear and in noble terms). In fact, the meaning is that the man of science takes with him Science into the future to create a better society. The meaning of Eloi is "god" - those who live in the light are gods. Wells was a Gov. propagandist; he put forth in symbolic form the planned future. The future society will be all "light" with science as a ruler and guide. Read also Wells' other work: "The Shape Of Things To Come" to have an additional angle to this one work of his.

Jan 05, 2018

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells is about a man’s vision for a utopian society. However, it is disillusioned when travelling forward into time. Then, reveals a dark and dangerous society. The novel’s protagonist is an inventor or scientist living in London who is never named; he is identified simply as The Time Traveller. The book is narrated by an unnamed narrator (whose name may be Hilyer) Although, The Time Traveller clearly dominates as the book’s main narrator, the narrator (Mr. Hilyer) gives the readers a point of view that the readers could identify with. The narrator’s purpose was to give a brand new/different perspective for the readers. Also, one of the tone’s of the book is awe. When The Time Traveller confronts issues that are bigger than him - bigger than all the people or all life - he seems to become awestruck. Furthermore, the author of the novel, uses stalling tactics (delay/ing). Wells make his readers wait to get all the information they need. Moreover, the book was written to provide the possibility of a 4th dimension. The author’s purpose was to make his readers realize that time is very valuable and soon people are going to be “out of time.” The genre of The Time Machine was science fiction. Additionally, the theme of the book was that time is a precious thing and to not take it for granted. Entirely, I would recommend this book. Although, the book was kind of hard to get into and contains hard vocabulary (b/c it was written and published over 100 years ago). I suggest this book because it teaches the readers significant morals/lessons. One is to enjoy every single moment in life because life is short; the future is unpredictable. I learned to appreciate the little things in life. I also learned to be happy, content, grateful and thankful for everything. Altogether, this book taught me to always live life to the fullest.

Jun 05, 2017

Classic sci-fi book- worth reading.

Nov 12, 2016

The book is great for kids who really likes adventure and science. It takes place when a scientist/professor built a time machine and traveled 30 million years into the future where mankind (Eloi) is ruled by the Morlocks. The author is fascinating because the book was wrote in 1895 and it talks about 30 million years into the future! The smartest scientist or professor right now can't even predict what earth will be in 30 million years!

Aug 30, 2016

This is one of my favorite all time books. I got my first copy from a book fair at my elementary school when I was about nine but it was a little over my head at first. I think I finally was able to read the whole book at about the age of ten or eleven and I have read it several times since. Wells was very young when he wrote The Time Machine and it was published when he was 29. The writing is beautiful and translucent and the story telling is impeccable. My favorite part is when the Time Traveler goes 30 million of years into the future and witnesses the twilight of the Earth. The adventures that the Time Traveler experiences among the Eloi and Molochs are quite harrowing at times and the riddle of the Sphinx is equally perplexing. If you enjoy this book I highly recommend Wells' The War of the Worlds.

Jul 04, 2016

Written by Sci-Fi writer, H.G. Wells, more than 120 years ago - It's so easy to see how The Time Machine's wondrous story would have fascinated readers-of-the-fantastic back in the late-19th century.

I mean, even today Wells' story still continues to capture one's imagination as it meticulously describes The Time Traveller's adventure as he journeys into the year 802701 AD.

Yes. Indeed. The Time Machine is a timeless classic that makes it almost believable (through Wells' descriptive narrative) that travelling into the 4th dimension is actually a foreseeable possibility.

What initially prompted me to read The Time Machine was recently re-watching the 1960 film version of Wells' awesome story. Though this film's "moldie-oldie" visual effects were certainly not up to today's rigid standards - I still felt that the film's basic storyline remained quite faithful to Wells' novel.

Jul 04, 2016

Wells was an official PROPAGANDIST. He was a squat man with a squeaky voice, and the Gov. gave him a big house and several secretaries to dictate to. (Orwell too was a Gov. propagandist, but he soon made himself independent and wrote 1984 about the plans of the Future). This Wells book and the movie have a symbolic meaning - the guy who travels forward into and then back into the future carries science with him into the future to create a better world. This is the meaning. There is additional hidden meaning too; the eloi are in fact "elohim" or gods, the perfect humans of the future. The morlocks are the imperfect humans, who live "in the dark" (ignorance) and are afraid of light. So science will be used to create a world of light, a new Civilization. The planned future of mankind is called: "The Age Of Light." (There are symbolic meanings even in the "tricolor" of national flags, which contain white, blue and red - the combination of these is the "purple dawn" of mankind, the new Civilization to come.) In French Canadian Radio there is a scientific program titled: "Les Annees Lumiere" (The Years Of Light). Now, to show you there are hidden connections (never explained in school), the warship which gave the first shot at the Winter Palace to start Lenin's Communist Revolution (financed by the West) was called Aurora (Dawn) and it was not by chance. If you don't understand the connection, well, there is one. I grew up in E. Europe in Communism, and in primary school we wore red ties and were called "the red tie kids, trail blazers." And we sang a song: "Wake up, buddy, jump out of bed, the sky flowers with a PURPLE DAWN. Your eyes pop open, sleep flies away, our marching desire steps at the same beat ( N. Korea today). The beehive awakens, the small bees buzz; they are hungry for sweet honey, they fly toward the flowers...." Do you notice the Purple Dawn and the Beehive? (Weishaupt called his group "The Bees' Order."). And in the early 1900s in England there was an elite group, called "The Red Tie League." Things are connected, just the crowd don't see it. The red 5-pointed star is a symbol of Communist Revolution - how come Virgin Radio and Heineken Beer have this for their symbol? Other symbols that are signals and convey secret meanings are the obelisks all over the developed world, and the crosses (blue or red) in the national flags.

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Jul 07, 2016

A short science fiction novel about a Time Traveller's recollection of his adventure in time travel. It was an interesting read, though not overly exciting. The end was a bit of a cliffhanger.

Aug 13, 2014

A group of men, including the narrator, is listening to the Time Traveller discuss his theory that time is the fourth dimension. The Time Traveller produces a miniature time machine and makes it disappear into thin air. The next week, the guests return, to find their host stumble in, looking disheveled and tired. They sit down after dinner, and the Time Traveller begins his story.


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Jun 04, 2018

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