It was a Sunday morning when I woke up and had the desire to read a simple book, not too long and not too short, just the proper size. I stood up, looked on a shelf of my small library full of books and my eyes stopped almost instantly on a greenish book from Adevărul (The Truth) series. It was The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells.
The story starts with the appearance of a strange man in the village of Iping, West Sussex to a local inn looking for a room where to continue his research. Nothing out of the ordinary until this moment except the odd dress code of the man, but the facts were starting to sum up and the people of Iping were soon starting to notice the odd behavior of the stranger.
In only a few months, from February to April, the invisible man became the number one curiosity of the village and the main reason for discussions between adults. But the turnover point was the moment when he the locals confronted him and unveiled his true condition which scared the shit out of them. From that particular scene, the quiet and distant tone of the narrator has changed into being lousy an alert.
Over the next few pages until the very end, the invisible man (Griffin) will reveal his real personality and will turn into a real villain who terrorizes an entire countryside of England.
I do not want to spoil the end of the book. This is not my intention. Instead, I want to make you read it because it’s a classical one and because it seems to have passed with success the test of time (it has been written in 1897).
In my opinion, Herbert George Wells managed to expose very well in less than 200 pages the typology and characteristics of a selfish man in desperate times. He unveils numerous situations in which the main character lacks empathy, gets angry really fast and cannot control his rage.
If to above defects you add the fact that the invisible man was invisible and had a huge desire for revenge over the world, you’ll get a perfect science fiction story which is transformed into a horror one.
There are no memorable quotes to add here, but be sure there are many lessons to be learned after you read this book. If you’re not quite a reader, there are also many movies which are based on this novel and Wikipedia is your friend. I’m sure you’ll enjoy them.
Personally, I would rate the book 3/5 stars, but having in mind the time when it was written I will give it 4 stars.
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