Review: The Time Machine by H.G. Wells (1895)

Back in 2013, I put on my reading resolution to read science fiction classics. Finally I am picking up The Time Machine for my weekend read. This is book also falls into my recent trend of time travel related shows, films, and prose.

The Time Machine (1895) TN

The Time Machine
by H.G. Wells
First published 1895
Published May 2011 by Atria Books
ISBN 978-1-4516-5886-6

The Time Traveler, a dreamer obsessed with traveling through time, builds himself a time machine and, much to his surprise, travels over 800,000 years into the future. He lands in the year 802701: the world has been transformed by a society living in apparent harmony and bliss, but as the Traveler stays in the future he discovers a hidden barbaric and depraved subterranean class. Wells’s transparent commentary on the capitalist society was an instant bestseller and launched the time-travel genre.

This may be source material for all the time travel stories that I read or watched. This was also adapted in films multiple times. The one that I watched was The Time Machine (2002). I can now see why, the original material is short. The film has to add more material to flesh out scenes and added characters. While I can see the enthusiasm of the Time Traveler, which was unnamed in the book, almost all characters are unrelatable. The story used first person point of view with which the point of view character not the Time Traveler. Because of this, the Time Traveler narrated his adventures instead and Wells used this to inject his social commentaries. I prefer “show” not “tell”. And I prefer my commentaries subtle, not out-there.

Overall, I still liked this book. Will definitely continue reading classics.

Quick rating: 🌕🌕🌕 3 out of 5. (I like it.)

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