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The First Men in the Moon

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Please note that this book was actually published in 1901 so not pre 1900 as per section head but for the sake of having all of the author's work in the same place, I'm posting here.

 

This story is amazing!

 

The narrator is a man known only as Bedford, a failed businessman, who meets, by chance, a scientist called Cavor. Eventually they get to the moon - the descriptions of this are utterly believable, in spite of the fact that as you are reading you know that it's just not possible - and Bedford narrates what they find there. I was a little disappointed in this as it seemed to have similarities with The Time Machine, however as the story progressed any similarity with TTM disappeared. It seems as though the story ends some several chapters before the end of the book, which I found curious, and the final chapters are taken up with descriptions of what actually happened to Cavor, as far as is known. All loose ends, except one (what actually happened to Cavor), are neatly tied up in an (to me) unpredictable ending.

 

I just love Wells' prose and the 'end of the 19th/start of the 20th' century feel of the book. This is the last in the set of five that I bought but I do have another, larger, volume of Wells on my shelf to look forward to.

 

Highly recommended.

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Please note that this book was actually published in 1901 so not pre 1900 as per section head but for the sake of having all of the author's work in the same place, I'm posting here.

With nine of Wells' novels published in the C19, and forty-five in C20 I think the thread for this one would be better placed here.

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Just finished this in time for the BBC4 adaptation by Mark Gatiss on 19th Oct. I wish I had read the introduction first, as the pointers about satire and critique on imperialism, capitalism and socialism sort of passed me by at first read. It also took me a while to grasp the unexpected angle that the narrator was not a hero, as you would expect, but a poor specimen of humanity only interested in self-profit and prone to violence.

The description of the sun awakening the vegetation on the moon surface and the existential soul searching of Bedford whilst travelling back to Earth were the highlights for me.

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Just finished this in time for the BBC4 adaptation by Mark Gatiss on 19th Oct.
Thanks for that Mouse, I didn't know about it and will now look out for it.

 

I didn't read the introduction before I read the book either, and I still haven't, so I'll go and have a look at it.

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