The invisible man : a grotesque romance

Paperback, 128 pages

English language

Published July 10, 2014 by Melville House Publishing.

ISBN:
978-1-61219-322-9
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The Invisible Man is a science fiction novel by H. G. Wells. Originally serialized in Pearson's Weekly in 1897, it was published as a novel the same year. The Invisible Man to whom the title refers is Griffin, a scientist who has devoted himself to research into optics and who invents a way to change a body's refractive index to that of air so that it neither absorbs nor reflects light. He carries out this procedure on himself and renders himself invisible, but fails in his attempt to reverse it. A practitioner of random and irresponsible violence, Griffin has become an iconic character in horror fiction. While its predecessors, The Time Machine and The Island of Doctor Moreau, were written using first-person narrators, Wells adopts a third-person objective point of view in The Invisible Man. The novel is considered influential, and helped establish Wells as the "father of science fiction".

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This was an amazing book. It approached the issue of being invisible in a somewhat realistic way (as far as what issues a person who is invisible would face). Wells really managed to portray a dynamic character with many emotions, all of which fit his dilemma. Highly recommend for any sci-fi lover or someone who likes books that make you think.

reviewed L'Homme invisible by H. G. Wells (Le livre de poche; 709)

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L’Homme invisible est rocambolesque, pathétique, puis tragique. Bourré de situations cocasses et insolites, le livre nous présente un personnage tout d’abord sympathique et étrange, un savant fou contraint à l’anonymat pour ne pas dévoiler le résultat de ses recherches, son invisibilité. Très vite tout se complique, et on découvre un personnage de plus en plus antipathique, détestable, ivre de pouvoir. Pas mon préféré de Wells, mais sûrement le plus drôle.

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