The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells was first published in Pearson's Magazine in 1897.
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Everyone knows the basic story of The Invisible Man. This is a solid telling of the H. G. Wells classic. The pathos, motivations, and constantly escalating violence is what makes this early science fiction story so powerful, even today. Wells masterfully tells the story, allowing us to slowly learn about the title character, first from the point of view of a small group of everyday people and later from the character who serves as the narrator of the tale and the Invisible Man himself.
Set in the prim, proper, and orderly world of late 1890's Victorian England, the events of this book explode against the structured life of the era. This book eerily foreshadows the coming ravages that the early 20th Century will inflict upon English society (and the World at large), exposing the darker side of human nature.
"A classic early sci-fi."
The story is very different to what I expected, with the unfortunate scientist being anything but a beleaguered hero. Whether his condition drives him to madness or whether invisibility would bring the worst out in anyone, with a degree of absolute power having its corrupting effect, I am not sure. The story is quite concise, with a straightforward what-if premise driving a short and somewhat unfulfilling story. Nevertheless, an enjoyable book which was well narrated and which I would recommend.
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