Monday, 11 July 2011
Bex's Bookshelves: the Wellsathon
Courtesy of the bountiful MiK, I have just read The Time Machine, The Invisible Man and The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells. All thought-provoking reads. Wells is a lot funnier than I thought he'd be (especially The Invisible Man) and I liked his non-sentimental, even disdainful, approach to the human race. All three books are a lesson in humility. My favourite was The War of the Worlds. A genuinely frightening read.
Wells is not really a quotable writer but the following quote from The War of the Worlds gave me a bit of a giggle.
"She had never been out of England before, she would rather die than trust herself friendless in a foreign country, and so forth. She seemed, poor woman, to imagine that the French and the Martians might prove very similar."
I know I have given Wells rather short shrift in this post given the way his books burst with ideas. But I am very much looking forward to discussing him with the far more erudite than I, MiK.