Sunday, March 27, 2011
Thoughts: The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
I know this book is supposed to be revolutionary and, overall, a REALLY BIG DEAL, but it was just MEH for me. Perhaps, that’s why I couldn’t even come up with my own summary. Every time I try to think of something to say about it, I’m stumped. I can’t come up with a single thing—I blame this, of course, on the MEHness of The Time Machine.
But I digress.
There were some facets of the book that I enjoyed. I liked the glimpse into 802,701 wherein the Morlocks, humans who later evolved into rat-like subterranean beings, prey on the Elois, a race of beautiful but weak men. Before writing this review, I learned that H.G. Wells was a student of Thomas Huxley, popularly known as Charles Darwin’s bulldog. The little factoid completely explained why The Time Machine reeks of Darwin’s theories on evolution. I liked how Wells wrapped up his beliefs in a neat, not to mention entertaining, package.
The only thing I didn’t like was how women were portrayed/treated in the book. There’s only one female character in the novel, a female Elois named Weena who befriends the nameless Time Traveler, and maybe that’s the problem. She’s manipulated by the Time Traveler for his own gain, while she treats him with nothing but kindness and unfettered devotion. Yes, my modern feminist feathers were more than a little ruffled.
The Time Machine entertained me, but I forgot about it after I finished it. It was supposed to make me think, and maybe even a little sleepless. (I expect too much from books, don't I?) Hence, the whole MEH thing. I am willing to give H.G. Wells another try, though. The Invisible Man looks interesting. Any suggestions?