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The Time Machine (Enriched Classics) [Kindle Edition]

H.G. Wells
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From School Library Journal

Grade 7 Up-H.G. Welles' classic begins at an English dinner party where a group of gentlemen are discussing the device that one of them is making so he can explore the fourth dimension. No one is identified by name but when the men gather the following week, the device's inventor, referred to as Time Traveler, is strangely absent. When he arrives later, he recounts his amazing sojourn into the future. Most of this 1895 novella deals with Time Traveler's stay in a world where dark forces lurk behind an idyllic exterior. After narrowly escaping from a forest fire and hostile creatures, Time Traveler uses his invention to investigate other time periods before returning to share his story with his friends. Despite the fact that he has returned with never-before-seen flowers, most of his companions do not believe him. When one of the dinner guests stops by Time Traveler's home a few days later, he is the last one to see the inventor before he and his Time Machine disappear. Ralph Cosham narrates this science fiction standard bearer with a controlled intensity that gives the story the feel of a modern drama. Add to that Welles' ability to predict some contemporary scenarios, and this recording will interest 21st century listeners. With a sturdy case and continual tracking every three minutes, this production will be a useful addition to school and public libraries that want to add classics to their science fiction holdings.
Barbara Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library. Rocky Hill, CT
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.


“[Wells] contrives to give over humanity into the clutches of the Impossible and yet manages to keep it down (or up) to its humanity, to its flesh, blood, sorrow, folly.” —Joseph Conrad

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4818 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; Enriched Classic edition (May 31 2011)
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743487737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743487733
  • ASIN: B004XVQ73G
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,072 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it Sept. 8 2014
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4.0 out of 5 stars A perfect world crumbles Oct. 19 2010
By Debby - Published on
"A Perfect World Crumbles"
By: Cameron Wright

H. G. Wells, in his novella, The Time Machine, weaves a tale that at first seems like a simple science fiction. However, it contains many symbolisms about the lifestyle choices of mankind today. The main character's name is never given in the story; he is referred to as "The Time Traveler". He invents a machine that can travel back and forth throughout the fourth dimension of time. He successfully travels forward approximately eight-hundred thousand years into a time when humanity has been split into two groups: the Eloi and the Morlocks.

In the author's depicted future, mankind has undergone extreme favoritism of all living things. Plants, animals, food, etc, have all been winnowed into what is considered best. We act this way even in the present day. For instance, we decide which breed of dog is superior amongst the others and preserve and flourish these select. We feel that we have the right to judge and decide what has the right to exist and what does not. After eight-hundred thousand years of this practice, The Time Traveler has stumbled onto the result of a world with only "the perfect fruit" and the "the perfect animals". The Eloi live on the surface of our planet among those that have passed our critique.

The Time Traveler notices wells along the ground spread out from each other. For a time, he does not understand what they are. It seems too primitive that a well should exist in the future. He discovers that the wells lead to the underground world where the Morlocks live. The Morlocks act like slaves for the Eloi underneath the planet. They are only allowed to come onto the surface during the night. Earlier, the Time Traveler had noticed that the Eloi sleep in clumps huddled together during the night. This is because they are afraid of the Morlocks.

After living a life of carefree perfection, the Eloi have become witless and weak. They are unable to fend for themselves and depend on the Morlocks for their sustenance. The Morlocks, on the other hand, have become intelligent and strong. They have worked their entire lives and must fight simply to survive. If they attacked, they would easily be capable of defeating the feeble and delicate Eloi. A rebellion begins, and it is clear that the Morlocks will overtake and kill the Eloi. The Time Traveler is nearly killed, but escapes in his machine before the Morlocks kill him. He goes ahead much further in time and cannot find any human life. We have destroyed ourselves.

I believe that the Eloi and the Morlocks resemble today's society. The Morlocks resemble the poor who must earn their right to live through hard work and determination. Like the Morlocks, those that have to diligently work become capable and strong. The Eloi resemble the rich who are handed everything to them. When a person does not need to put effort into anything it is like the dulling of a blade. A blade cannot penetrate anything if it is not sharpened. Work and effort is our sharpener.

Another aspect found in this book relating to our society is the devaluing of what we do not think is perfect. Ultimately, if a society is made up of only who we believe is "the best-looking" or "the richest" or "the most useful", etc., while all others are diminished, the society will crumble. When the Time Traveler travels into the future, human life does not exist. We have ceased to live because we have lessened the value of life and imperfections.

The Time Machine was and still is a thought provoking novel. It caused me to evaluate the state of modern society. I think that H. G. Wells was ahead of his time. We have begun to see some of his predictions come to pass. The most obvious example would be the cause of World War II, the holocaust. Hitler implemented selective elimination of what he considered to be the weak. Even today, we see our society place value on what we believe is the most beautiful.

Reading this book has caused me to assess how I place my values. I have certainly put more value on what is most beautiful or expensive in my life at times. I do not believe that is the way God wishes for us to live our lives or view each other. In the Bible, 1 Corinthians 1:27 states, "But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong." This shows to me that we should not cherish only what we believe is best, but instead support the weak and less beautiful as well as the greater.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!! McKenna March 11 2015
By MAC - Published on
I have heard great things about this book from others, and I must say, it did live up to all the hype. It is a slow read at first, but once you dive into the book, and travel through time with the Time Traveler, you will be unable to put the book down. Your heart will race sporadically along with his as he finds love, and escapes the frightening cannibalistic Morlocks. This book will make you question what will become of Earth after we die, and it will make you question our society's need for progression. This book recounts the Time Traveler's adventure through time, and will make you question where all your time went while being engrossed on the book. It is a must read, and a high-valued Classic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good starting point for H.G. Wells Jan. 2 2013
By tick tock - Published on
This is a good introduction to H.G. Wells for kids 7-12. Much of the original language is lost in the retelling, as are the finer points of character development, but the basic narrative is maintained and flows in such a way that 2 or 3 hours of sustained reading is enough to digest it. Every Classic Starts out there is yet another stone laid in the foundation of a child's early literary education.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Short, and Intriguing, Journey Through Time Oct. 16 2013
By Eric Noren - Published on
The book was written quite well, but slightly exaggerated in some aspects of the future world even considering the period of time in which the book was written.
The true appeal of the Time Machine and, perhaps, the reason it has remained a classic book is due to its precise nature. Before reading this book I had the idea of reading 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, little did I realize the language of that particular book was, rather verbose. The terms used seemed to have assumed the reader had knowledge of nautical terms and language as well as knowledge of particular works of the era whereas The Time Machine required none of these things.
Within the book H.G. Wells discusses this idea that time is the fourth dimension, yet he explains it in such simple terms no one needs prior knowledge of such scientific principles. Using easily understood language and understandable concepts H.G. Wells portrays the story of a Time Traveller with clear-cut language. Save for a little bit of exaggeration on the part of the Eloi and the Morlocks, the story was quite well-written. No fandom of Science-Fiction required!
For any story the ending is the most paramount and this can be seen no better than in The Time Machine. The story itself is engaging, but the ending is what makes the book. Everything becomes clear in those last two chapters. I'd recommend this book to just about anyone.The preciseness is what makes The Time Machine a classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A sci-fi masterpiece whose only defect is that it ends March 13 2012
By G. Torres - Published on
H.G. Wells introduced the concept of time travel in literature, and this book is nothing short of magnificent. I only wish it was longer. I wanted to hear more about the protagonist's theories on time travel and more about how he came up with the idea for the machine. I wanted to know more about the worlds he saw after the first one, in which 95% of the story takes place. I wanted questions about that world answered. Like so many others who read this book, I couldn't get enough. This book is a treasure to be cherished.
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