The Invisible Man Paperback
by H. G. Wells
With his face swaddled in bandages, his eyes hidden behind dark glasses and his hands covered even indoors, Griffin the new guest at The Coach and Horses is at first assumed to be a shy accident-victim.
But the true reason for his disguise is far more chilling: he has developed a process that has made him invisible, and is locked in a struggle to discover the antidote.
Forced from the village, and driven to murder, he seeks the aid of an old friend, Kemp.
The horror of his fate has affected his mind, however and when Kemp refuse to help, he resolves to wreak his revenge.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 208 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 31/03/2005
- Category: Science fiction
- ISBN: 9780141439983
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Review by soylentgreen23
Most of the Wells canon carries with it a double, or second, meaning. Here, the surface story of a scientist who succeeds in giving himself a negative refractive index, plays host to two other interpretations: one, the scientific urge, and the results of experimentation without moral or ethical umpires; and two, the sense that without societal restraints, man can become beastly.
Review by john257hopper
Definitely my least favourite of the author's four main SF novels. The theme of the misguided scientist corrupted by his own discovery is handled much better in the Island of Dr Moreau. Much of this novel struck me as overly comedic, indeed rather slapstick. The other characters aside from the eponymous one are unmemorable ciphers. A disappointment.
Review by Blenny
I didn't expect this book to be as good as it was. I expected it to be a bit turgid but found it was quite the opposite, funny even.There is a definite dark humour running throughout this novel and I surprised myself by bursting into laughter (rather embarrassingly) on the train at one point! I liked the way that Wells throws in some of the problems that could come with being invisible, such as feeling the cold, can still be heard and smelt, walked into by people, can't travel far as no clothes can be worn especially regarding the feet, can't eat much as food can be seen in the body etc. The aspirations of Griffin's character are similar to those of Victor Frankenstein's as both tirelessly and desperately work to further science and their own glory, only to create chaos, regret and sometimes death. Such is the legacy of man and human nature and H.G Wells, very much ahead of his time, knew it.
Review by michaeldwebb
I only really knew the story from the TV series I watched as a kid. This was much darker. It just about stands up as a story rather than historical artefact now, and if you step back a bit you can see how brilliant the idea of an invisible man must have been at the time. It's only short, so well worth an ebook read.
Review by theboylatham
Six out of ten.
A mysterious stranger wrapped in bandages from head to toe arrives in town, and mysterious, terrible things begin happening. No one knows if he's responsible until he becomes invisible . . . right before their eyes.
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