The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man

A Grotesque Romance

eBook - 2012
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H.G. Wells' 1897 science fiction novella The Invisible Man tells the story of a scientist named Griffin who theory is this: if the refractive index of a person's body is adjusted to exactly that of air, then his body will not absorb or reflect light and he will become invisible. Griffin subjects himself to a procedure to do this, becoming an invisible man. But he cannot manage to reverse it and become visible once more, resulting in his mental unhinging.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Duke Classics, ©2012.
ISBN: 9781620115305
1620115301
Branch Call Number: eBook OverDrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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bibliosara Oct 23, 2018

A classic of horror and science fiction, H.G. Wells' Invisible Man is worth reading. In a voice oddly yet compellingly objective, the narrator describes the arrival and subsequent actions of the scientist who is barely holding onto his sanity after turning himself invisible. The Invisible Man slowly unravels over the course of this captivating story, and we see the horror and fear that his existence creates rapidly increase as he becomes known by nearby villagers. Although the story seems to slow at times, Wells expertly crafts a narrative that is acutely analytic of society and science while also reflecting the dormant fear that mankind fears – the monster we cannot see but may just exist among us.

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Book1972
Jan 18, 2018

Caution Spoilers:
In HG Wells’s science fiction novel Invisible Man, an Invisible Man, Griffin, is isolated from everyone else in a small town called Iping. In Iping, Griffin created chaos because he was outraged with other people knowing what he is. This started when the young scientist did an experiment to turn himself invisible.
Experiencing this type of isolation by being invisible changed the Invisible Man’s personality, his thoughts over time and his trust in other people. Griffin changes from a young and determined scientist into a psychopathic beast. Ending his isolated life as an amazing scientist unable to cope with the isolation created by himself. Humans are such social creatures and rely on trusting other people. We don’t really think about the consequences of being alone, and those who are lonesome are isolated from the outer world.
Griffin’s thoughts throughout being isolated as the Invisible man changed over time. Before he revealed himself as being an invisible man, he worked in his room not wanting to be disturbed. Complaints were made from Mrs. Hall about the mess from Griffin smashing bottles across the room, therefore he asked for every mess to be put on the bill. “For God’s sake don’t worry me. If there’s damage done, put it in the bill.” Griffin focused on turning himself visible again, therefore he locked himself from society so he could work. After Griffin showed himself, his thoughts changed. They went from blocking people out and being isolated to turning against the world by wanting to harm people.
My favorite comment is on Griffin’s reign of terror: “He dreams of a reign of terror! A reign of terror, I tell you.” I enjoy how HG Wells wrote Griffin character. Griffin character is so arrogant that “He dreams of a reign of terror!” and wants to “terrify and dominate [the town of Burdock.]” He has others thinking “And all who disobey his orders he must kill, and kill all who would defend the disobedient.”

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mangoberri
Jan 13, 2018

Assigned as a reading for English class. Quite an interesting and intriguing classic. Definitely worth a read if you are looking for a thrilling fiction of sci-fi and mystery.

janellejordan Jul 12, 2015

classic science fiction novel and a prophetic warning about technology.

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Jul 11, 2015

There are several reasons why this book continues to fascinate readers more than a hundred years after it was first published. On one level it is a propulsive action story that catches the reader up in its high-pace and occasional explosive scenes. One another level, it raises questions on the nature of evil and whether social expectation produces good behavior. Whatever you are looking to get out of a novel, there is a good chance you will find it here.

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KDancy
May 14, 2015

While this is not Wells' best novel it still is a good return for your money. Chilling, extremely atmospheric and considering that it is a short read this novel is perfect for a evening at home with your back to a open window, just to get the chills running through you.

GerardAC Nov 08, 2014

Brilliantly chilling thriller by H.G. Wells. This book is the perfect example of how sometimes the things we find most terrifying are the ones we can't even see. A definite must read for sci-fi and horror fans alike.

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