- Paperback: 236 pages
- Publisher: Indypublish.Com (Jan. 1 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1404339256
- ISBN-13: 978-1404339255
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 354 g
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HG Wells was born in Bromley, Kent in 1866. After working as a draper's apprentice and pupil-teacher, he won a scholarship to the Normal School of Science in 1884, studying under T H Huxley. He was awarded a first-class honours degree in biology and resumed teaching but had to retire after a kick from an ill-natured pupil afflicted his kidneys. He worked in poverty in London as a crammer while experimenting in journalism and stories. It was with The Time Machine (1895) that he had his real breakthrough. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In making his projections of what the future was to be like, Wells saw the enemy as monopolist/capitalist and portrayed them in the future as the great corporation.
This was the evil of capitalism, which lead Wells to conclude that the business states would take the place of what was 19th Century Governments.
The flaw with this in the novel is that as a result of this new type of order, individuals are victims of the category of person that fate places them in. People are measured by their utility or lack of utility.
Wells' vision is repulsive rather than desirable, and it is clear that he doesn't believe in the ability of society to live up to its own ideals of equality and justice.
We've seen this played out on the world stage during the industrial revolution, which gave birth to the evils of communism. Wells was a visionary, no doubt, but this story underestimates the human spirit and what happens when you combine Democracy with Capitalism!
The book itself / Summary:
A stranger came to an artist and reported him that he can't sleep. The artist invites him in his house, where the stranger falls asleep in a chair. The artist thinks he died, as he doesn't react anymore, but he just fell into a deep trance. The years passed on and Isbister, the artist, doesn't believe that he will ever wake again.
But long after Isbister's death, Graham, the stranger, wakes in an unknown surrounding and everything seems very strange. From outside he can hear people screaming "Wake" but he doesn't know what this means and soon after his awakening he faints. After he recovers he is told that his trance lasted 203 years. He learns a lot about the new age and there is still the crowd which requires the Sleeper. Because of this, he goes on a balcony where the people can see him, but he is pulled away and a man leads him through a huge building and finally to the council. After a short discussion he is brought into 2 rooms, where he's kept imprisoned. In his room he discovers new things, but he doesn't get new information about the world. After a few days a few people help him to escape and after a chase he lands in a theatre, where the people receive him. But he is very weak and so he's brought into a small room, where Graham is told that he owns nearly the whole world, because his fortune grew steadily. He meets Lincoln, who was Ostrog's brother, who is the leader of the revolution, and an unknown beautiful woman. Graham appears in front of the crowd and tells them to march, because Lincoln told him to do so. Then a fight begins in front of the council house, which Graham watches guarded from the distance, but the enemies chase Graham and so he looses his guards and has to flee. In a lonely street he meets an old man, who tells him the history of the world and that Ostrog just takes advantage of the Sleeper. As Graham reveals himself the old man doesn't want to believe and so Graham goes back to Ostrog's headquarter, where he meets Ostrog for the first time. After watching the decline from the council, they go to the council house and Graham gets a Japanese attendant, whose name is Asano. Graham and Asano go to the top of a wind-vane and later to a high society party, where Graham is told much more about the world. After Graham flew with an Aeropile, an aeroplane, he is so fascinated that he spends his next days with becoming an aeronaut. Then he meets again the unknown woman, which is Helen Woton, a niece of Ostrog, she reports him of the slavery and bad conditions under which the people are living and begs that he should rule. He discusses his knew knowledge with Ostrog, but he tries to convince him that everything is necessary. However Graham, guarded by Asano, goes into the city to see how the people are really living. After watching the middle class and the stations in which children are brought up, he goes to the working places of the poor workers. He's very upset while watching them, but he hears shouts which tell him that the black police is coming. The black police is feared, as they are a cruel specialist unit of Negros, which should bring the people into order. Graham and Asano flee back to the headquarter, where Graham has a quarrel with Ostrog and as a result Ostrog wants to imprison him. However the crowd sees this and they free Graham, but an Aeropile can help Ostrog to escape. Helen comes back and Graham holds a speech to the people to prepare them for a war to prevent the black police from reaching London. They can capture one flight stage out of four, but this is not enough and so Graham decides to take an Aeropile to fight against the aeroplanes, which bring the black police. He's successful and able to dispel and even destroy some ships from the black police. After this large fight, he sees the Aeropile in which Ostrog flees and he starts to fight it but he looses and the earth is coming near.
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Originally written in graphic form in 1898, Wells re-wrote it, more to his satisfaction in 1910. Wells predicted the wide-spread use of airplanes technically 5 years before the first flight recorded (Wright Bros) as you'll see airplanes become a central theme during the militarization of the classes.
Six days sleep deprived and suicidal, a stranger is taken in by the man who spots him upon the beach. `The Sleeper' falls into a coma, depicted 20 years into his coma and his aides assert him benefactor to the gains of their endeavors.
Awakening 200 years (203, precisely) into the coma, Graham or `The Sleeper' is found in London's future. On display are blatant classism (colors of society: Red = police, Purple = medical, Blue = people basically owned by the `Labor Companies', etc.), phonetic literacy, a body called the Council which directs Graham's assets and determines societies status quo and the Councils direct opposition - Ostrog `The Boss', the lead revolutionary, the man who is going to stop the Councils tyranny over the oppressed laborers. And Graham owns at least half the world.
When it appears as if Graham will be a puppet to one or the other side, he decides to guarantee distribution of his assets amongst the people if anything should happen to him in the impending coup d'état. A relatively ineffective resolution to any of the economic disparities that exist, but one that championed Graham, who later martyrs himself for the cause of the oppressed as he shows off his combat aviator skills.
This stories statement presents weakly in resolution to issues but it, at least, presents honestly. The real question seems to be - since this is how it is (crowded, over-competed, greed, haves / have nots, the gripes of the 99%, people claiming change but not actually changing) will there ever be a way to completely over-haul the system? Because there, like here, it's going to be `business as usual'.
`When the Sleeper Wakes'... we will see change.
When a man awakens after two hundred years and discovers that he is considered the richest man in the world and the ruler of the world, he has to find out more about life in the new age, beginning by learning to fly, which he loves. He actually discovers war from the air, but read the book. Then, the political intrigue about who is really in charge and all other predictable stuff. Excellent!