Hello people of the earth, how are you all doing?? I am sure you are exhausted and tired. To be honest even I am tired but what can I do?? Life is tiring out my happiness but I am not going to lose hope. I am in a full mood of not reading and I actually entered a reading slump this week so I decided that on a Friday I should post a Bookish Review because it’s a BOOK!!! So without any further ado, let’s start this post, shall we??
As most of my general readers might know and I should definitely inform my new readers; this is a classics challenge where I read and review 88 classic novels that I selected. This is the 7th novel in this challenge. As I am reading in advance to keep my books ahead so that my personal life doesn’t come in between my blogging life, this book’s reviews and the summary was decided in advance.
Let me inform you all before I start reviewing this book that I read it before my exams in March but I did keep a few notes on it which I will be using to review this book. I hope you all enjoy the review. Let’s start, come on.
Author: H. G. Wells.
Publisher: William Heinemann (UK), Henry Holt (US).
Genre: Science Fiction.
Chapter: 12 Chapters + Epilogue.
Pages: 143 pages.
Time: 4 hours.
Publishing / Published: 1875.
“Great shapes like big machines rose out of the dimness, and cast grotesque black shadows, in which dim spectral Morlocks sheltered from the glare.”
Chilling, prophetic and hugely influential, The Time Machine sees a Victorian scientist propel himself into the year 802,701 AD, where he is delighted to find that suffering has been replaced by beauty and contentment in the form of the Eloi, an elfin species descended from man. But he soon realizes that they are simply remnants of a once-great culture – now weak and living in terror of the sinister Morlocks lurking in the deep tunnels, who threaten his very return home.
H. G. Wells defined much of modern science fiction with this 1895 tale of time travel, which questions humanity, society, and our place on Earth.
Goodreads: 3.9/5 Stars.
Google: 89% liked this book.
Amazon: 4.5 Stars.Taken from the respective sources.
A scientist makes a time machine and goes ahead in time to explore the future and finds himself stuck in the future between the Eloi and The Morlocks. He goes around exploring the beauty and tries to find a way out after losing his time machine. He makes friends and finds out about the enmity between the Eloi and Morlock and learns a lot more in his adventure.
Umm…at this point I am like do I have to write the review?? This is a book I can say that I somehow cannot read ever again. I liked it but I also didn’t like it. I have a mixed opinion on this one and to be honest, it’s not my fault at all because this book is a little weird. I have just decided that at this point I will write this interview in 2 parts; the things I liked and the things I disliked. So here we go:
*Points I liked.
The writing was awesome. I just loved how I could imagine the place he travelled to in the future. It was a magnificent story and no wonder it is a classic. I also loved the concept of travelling to see the future and seeing that only two species exist there. I think I understood the moral of the story and it’s that one-day mankind will lead the world to its doomsday. I am saying this because, in the author’s present time, he is creating a machine to see the future and we are always told not to try to look beyond our capacity although this doesn’t apply to science but I think the more man tries to predict the future, the more trouble he creates for humanity.
I believe science can do good but I don’t trust it. I mean that if we hadn’t tried to imagine the future by predicting that wars could happen, we wouldn’t have guns and missiles that could kill innocent people too. Take Covid-19 for example, science can eradicate humanity if it is used by the wrong people. We will be on the verge of extinction if Covid-19 is not stopped.
So to cut a long story short and that too scientifically, I will say that this story meant to say that:
For Every Action, There is an Equal & Opposite Reaction.
Newton’s 3rd law of motion.
For every step we take further into exploring the universe and science, we also take a step towards the doom of humanity. So now with that, let’s go off to my dislike points.
*Points I Disliked.
The physics in this story. Wait I gotta do this; AHHHHH!!!!!! It was irritating because I have never heard of it. I mean I was a genius in physics when I was in my junior high, I knew Pascal’s law, Archimedes Principle, Newton’s law of motion and much more but this…this was out of boundary. I felt super sleepy and tired. I was reading it during exams time and I am a commerce student tallying balance sheet. When I was reading this, I was confused for a second that am I studying for MBA or MBBS?? 🤔🤔. Man, my brain bounced off and trust me, I decided never to touch the book again unless I get a degree in physics and that will never happen.
This book took me into a major reading slump but it wasn’t totally its fault, the thing was that I loved the writing and has a great imaginary world but somewhere in the middle it lost me. It literally lost me, I had no idea what I was reading and why I was reading this book. The only thing that kept me going was because of the challenge. I am not a person who leaves a book incomplete but I had the urge to leave it right in the starting. I couldn’t understand what the time traveller was doing and trust me I am done with this author. I can’t read any more book written by him. I have found the replacement classics for all his books and I will be informing you about them soon.
Please be kind enough to not force me to continue his books and maybe even if I change my mind then you will see the review of this author next year. One torture per year, please.
Yup, I think that’s the end of the review. The sole reason I gave it 4 stars is because its a classic and for the first time in my life I thought that I should respect that. I mean it’s of no importance to me but older people and those interested in science value this book more than millions of dollars and I don’t want to hurt their sentiment besides, this book had a great moral story. I loved it and I understood what the author wanted to say. I don’t know how I got that in my brain but I did. So kudos to him for banging my brain with a little bit of scientific reality.
So that’s it for today, I will be out with the Us…Mostly by Laila Bhaidani book review by tonight and also bring you update on Youtube Vs Tik Tok controversy. So till then stay safe and…
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