The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man

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A gripping and entertaining tale of terror and suspense as well as a potent Faustian allegory of hubris and science run amok, The invisible man endures as one of the signature stories in the literature of science fiction. A brilliant scientist uncovers the secret to invisibility, but his grandiose dreams and the power he unleashes cause him to spiral into intrigue, madness, and murder. The inspiration for countless imitations and film adaptations, The invisible man is as remarkable and relevant today as it was a hundred years ago. As Arthur C. Clarke points out in his Introduction, "The interest of the story ... lies not in its scientific concepts, but in the brilliantly worked out development of the theme of invisibility. If one could be invisible, then what?"
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2005, c1987
Edition: Bantam Classic reissue ed
ISBN: 9780553901092
0553901095
Characteristics: xvi, 137 p. ; 18 cm

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A brilliant scientist discovers a way to make himself invisible, but it has devastating consequences he isn’t prepared to deal with.


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Book1972
Jan 18, 2018

Caution Spoilers:
In HG Wells’s science fiction novel Invisible Man, an Invisible Man, Griffin, is isolated from everyone else in a small town called Iping. In Iping, Griffin created chaos because he was outraged with other people knowing what he is. This started when the young scientist did an experiment to turn himself invisible.
Experiencing this type of isolation by being invisible changed the Invisible Man’s personality, his thoughts over time and his trust in other people. Griffin changes from a young and determined scientist into a psychopathic beast. Ending his isolated life as an amazing scientist unable to cope with the isolation created by himself. Humans are such social creatures and rely on trusting other people. We don’t really think about the consequences of being alone, and those who are lonesome are isolated from the outer world.
Griffin’s thoughts throughout being isolated as the Invisible man changed over time. Before he revealed himself as being an invisible man, he worked in his room not wanting to be disturbed. Complaints were made from Mrs. Hall about the mess from Griffin smashing bottles across the room, therefore he asked for every mess to be put on the bill. “For God’s sake don’t worry me. If there’s damage done, put it in the bill.” Griffin focused on turning himself visible again, therefore he locked himself from society so he could work. After Griffin showed himself, his thoughts changed. They went from blocking people out and being isolated to turning against the world by wanting to harm people.
My favorite comment is on Griffin’s reign of terror: “He dreams of a reign of terror! A reign of terror, I tell you.” I enjoy how HG Wells wrote Griffin character. Griffin character is so arrogant that “He dreams of a reign of terror!” and wants to “terrify and dominate [the town of Burdock.]” He has others thinking “And all who disobey his orders he must kill, and kill all who would defend the disobedient.”

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mangoberri
Jan 13, 2018

Assigned as a reading for English class. Quite an interesting and intriguing classic. Definitely worth a read if you are looking for a thrilling fiction of sci-fi and mystery.

janellejordan Jul 12, 2015

classic science fiction novel and a prophetic warning about technology.

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Qwfwq
Jul 11, 2015

There are several reasons why this book continues to fascinate readers more than a hundred years after it was first published. On one level it is a propulsive action story that catches the reader up in its high-pace and occasional explosive scenes. One another level, it raises questions on the nature of evil and whether social expectation produces good behavior. Whatever you are looking to get out of a novel, there is a good chance you will find it here.

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KDancy
May 14, 2015

While this is not Wells' best novel it still is a good return for your money. Chilling, extremely atmospheric and considering that it is a short read this novel is perfect for a evening at home with your back to a open window, just to get the chills running through you.

GerardAC Nov 08, 2014

Brilliantly chilling thriller by H.G. Wells. This book is the perfect example of how sometimes the things we find most terrifying are the ones we can't even see. A definite must read for sci-fi and horror fans alike.

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