Saturday, November 19, 2011

Time Machine.

The Time Machine : Title
H.G. Wells : Author

I had to read this book twice this semester for two different classes. It's a short book--but a good book. One of the first Science Fiction books ever! It's the story of a Victorian Scientist who builds a Time Machine and travels to the year 802, 700.  There he finds a Utopian society.  The creatures, the Eloi, are a group of round sexless humonoids who live in a garden like world. But it's not all sunshine and flowers--the sun goes down and the Morlocks, a subterranean humanoid race, come out.  It's a fun quick read, one that's not full of weird Science Fiction--Very Enjoyable!

TANGENTS:

  • The only person given a name in the novel is Weena, a female Eloi.
  • Why does the Time Traveler feel such revulsion to the Morlocks?  Is it because they're monstrous little creatures that eat the Eloi and seem pretty interested in eating him? Or is it because he can relate to them more than he can to the Eloi? It kind of has the same feel as the way Gulliver felt towards the Yahoos in Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels.
  • The Eloi and the Morlocks are two distinct races that developed from England's high class and working middle class. The whole book can be looked at as a commentary on the class systems of Victorian England.

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