Monday, March 16, 2009

Jules Verne can take his ass to the center of the earth and stay there.

I recently finished re-reading H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine, and folks, there’s a reason why this book has remained relevant 113 years after first publication. It was one of the first books I ever read that wasn’t complete commercial fiction (think Stephen King/Anne Rice/shit), and it forever changed my view of literature.

Wells was an advocate of socialism and his science fiction, a genre he is responsible for creating, is often times powerful propaganda toward that goal. What made him such a successful writer was his imaginative look into the condition of humanity and his easy articulation of our shortcomings. He also wrote The Invisible Man (not Ellison’s Invisible Man), The Island of Dr. Moreau, and The War of the Worlds to name a few. I had never seen any of The Time Machine’s film adaptations, and I didn’t know anything about the book when I purchased it at a garage sale (10 cents) almost a decade ago. So, I won’t tell you about it. Just know that the movies are awful, and the book is only about 120 pages, an easy read that I’ve made many times. If you understand capitalism versus socialism, you’ll love it. If you don’t, you’ll love it.

2 comments:

Me-Me King said...

Great review, I'll have to pick up a copy.

Julie Buz. said...

HA! Putting it on my reading list. (I confess, you sold me when you said 120 pages.) :o/

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