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The Time Machine = Mother of all timetravel-stories
am 17. Mai 2017
At least once a year a (classic) novel in English. That's my personal goal and this year I chose H. G. Wells' "The Time Machine".
I love time-travelling stories (yeah, I admit, I am a Whovian) and therefore "The Time Machine" is kind of must-read, because it is the first time in literature that time-travelling (using a machine) is described.
Considering that this story has been published in 1895 it is an amazing scenario Mr. Wells paints in his novel.
The story is narrated by the timetraveler himself. The reader "plays" the role of a dinner-party participant listening to the nameless man, who is also the host of the evening.
During the first evening our narrator discusses with educated men (scientist, psychologist, journalist etc) the possibility of timetravelling and shows them his invention: the time machine.
(The description is so good, you could imagine standing it in your living room, inviting you for a ride... and you would instinctively know how to use ist)
Of course he has to face mocking and doubts. The guests leave the party and return the other evening during which their hosts tell them the story of his first trip into the future, his landing in the year 802.701, about meeting the childish, naiv Eloi and the creepy Morlocks.
What this story is about I won't tell, because if you want to know, you have to read the story yourself ;-)
Will you believe him? His guests did not, so he started a new ride into the future, but as far as we know never returned....
I enjoyed reading "The Time Machine". It is a reat piece of literature and the future H.G. Wells is painting gave me the chills, although I was not too deep into the characters (emotional).
So, if you are a friend of timetravelling, you should, no, you have to, read this novel (as it is the mother of all timetravel-stories).