The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man

by H. G. Wells


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ISBN-13: 9780525564157
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/06/2018
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

H. G. WELLS (1866-1946) was a prominent English socialist and pacifist, and a prolific writer in many genres. As the author of The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, The Island of Dr. Moreau, and The Time Machine, he is considered a pioneer of science fiction.

Date of Birth:

September 21, 1866

Date of Death:

August 13, 1946

Place of Birth:

Bromley, Kent, England

Place of Death:

London, England


Normal School of Science, London, England

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Table of Contents

1.The Text1
2.Science Fiction2
4."Dialectic of Human Destiny"9
6."The Cramped Village"14
7.Laboratory Ethics17
8."Holy Terror"22
The Invisible Man: A Grotesque Romance (1897)29
(Annotated text of the first New York edition)32
I.Review of The Invisible Man in The Spectator (1897)205
II.Review of The Invisible Man by Arnold Bennett (1897)207
III.Sergei Nechaev, "The Revolutionary Catechism" (1869), Section 1209
IV.T.H. Huxley, "Science and Culture" (1880), Excerpt212
V.Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, "The Sphinx" (1843)218

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"Masterfully portrayed by Scott Brick—-each of his characterizations is an actorly tour de force—-The Invisible Man fascinates and mesmerizes, until it's gone." —-AudioFile

Reading Group Guide

A gripping and entertaining tale of terror and suspense as well as a potent Faustian allegory of hubris and science run amok, The Invisible Man endures as one of the signature stories in the literature of science fiction. A brilliant scientist uncovers the secret to invisibility, but his grandiose dreams and the power he unleashes cause him to spiral into intrigue, madness, and murder. The inspiration for countless imitations and film adaptations, The Invisible Man is as remarkable and relevant today as it was a hundred years ago. As Arthur C. Clarke points out in his Introduction, “The interest of the story . . . lies not in its scientific concepts, but in the brilliantly worked out development of the theme of invisibility. If one could be invisible, then what?”

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The Invisible Man 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 226 reviews.
Mr_Porter More than 1 year ago
This is a man who wants to learn how to turn things invisible.He turns himself invisible,he has been living thi way forever.He is robbing to live his life.Some one is betraying him and telling what he does. What will happen to the invisible man!I recomend this book because it's mysterious and it's addicting!!!!!!!
Aryn Kodet More than 1 year ago
This book is very well written and kept me intrested the whole way through. I had read alot of reviews saying how boring it is but it is my personal opinion that this book is very much the opposite of boring. Definetly a great read. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the book in 3rd grade. But another really good book by H.G.Wells is The War of the Worlds. Try that one out. Its great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book seemed to have that classic touch to it. It was one of those brilliant tales of a gifted scientist going mad over his experiments. My favorites.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing with so many twists and plots. Hard to believe 'twas written in 1897. I give it 5 stars and more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good for teens and fun to read some bigh words but a good book buy it!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The concept of invisibility has been the source of much theory and conjecture. If there was a way to bend light or to have a garment (or skin, as in the case of the Invisible Man), be able to reflect all colors of the visible spectrum, it could be used for good or evil. The story deals with the ramification of unique power and the use of that power. In the case of the Invisible Man, the main character is both brilliant and tragic. You find yourself asking what kind of path you would follow had you been in the Invisible Man's place. This was the first of many classic stories by H.G. Wells, and it is worth the read. I did find it a bit shorter than I would have liked, but Wells was never one to waste words. I still liked it, but not as much as his other works.
gmillar on LibraryThing 29 days ago
A bit more "pop" than the other of his stories I have: The First Men in the Moon. I enjoyed it (and the logic/science of it) but it was more predictable than I expected it to be after reading the other book.
andyray on LibraryThing 29 days ago
H. G. Wells was a futuristic writer, a man before his time. As he wrote the first alien invasion story, the first time travel story, he also dealt with the idea that man can make himself invisible, whether psychologically or psychially. Ironically, a few years back there was a story on how mirrors can be used to refract light so the human being (or object) in the midst of the mirrors can be rendered "invisible."
Omrythea on LibraryThing 29 days ago
This classic set the stage for lots of other great science fiction writing.
1morechapter on LibraryThing 30 days ago
I have never read anything by H.G. Wells before, and I found this book very intriguing. I really enjoyed the beginning of the book. He set up the mood and atmosphere perfectly; it was very suspenseful. The middle of the story bogged down a bit, but by the ending I was enjoying it again. It was interesting to note that in my edition they noted four alternative endings to the one I read. They were very minor changes, and my favorite ending was not the one published in this edition.One of my favorite authors is C.S. Lewis, and though Lewis admired Wells¿ writing, he disagreed with him philosophically on many points. I just read that Lewis based one of the characters in That Hideous Strength on Wells himself. I¿m planning on reading that book and the first two in the Space Trilogy by Lewis in 2008, so I¿m really looking forward to seeing Lewis¿ take on Wells¿ character and ideology.
Blenny on LibraryThing 30 days ago
I didn't expect this book to be as good as it was. I expected it to be a bit turgid but found it was quite the opposite, funny even.There is a definite dark humour running throughout this novel and I surprised myself by bursting into laughter (rather embarrassingly) on the train at one point! I liked the way that Wells throws in some of the problems that could come with being invisible, such as feeling the cold, can still be heard and smelt, walked into by people, can't travel far as no clothes can be worn especially regarding the feet, can't eat much as food can be seen in the body etc. The aspirations of Griffin's character are similar to those of Victor Frankenstein's as both tirelessly and desperately work to further science and their own glory, only to create chaos, regret and sometimes death. Such is the legacy of man and human nature and H.G Wells, very much ahead of his time, knew it.
soylentgreen23 on LibraryThing 30 days ago
Most of the Wells canon carries with it a double, or second, meaning. Here, the surface story of a scientist who succeeds in giving himself a negative refractive index, plays host to two other interpretations: one, the scientific urge, and the results of experimentation without moral or ethical umpires; and two, the sense that without societal restraints, man can become beastly.
john257hopper on LibraryThing 30 days ago
Definitely my least favourite of the author's four main SF novels. The theme of the misguided scientist corrupted by his own discovery is handled much better in the Island of Dr Moreau. Much of this novel struck me as overly comedic, indeed rather slapstick. The other characters aside from the eponymous one are unmemorable ciphers. A disappointment.
saravanants on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Excellent read for any time for any generation. H G Wells has a masterpiece over here.
stacyinthecity on LibraryThing 3 months ago
I enjoyed this book, and I actually found the Invisable Man to be a sad sort of character. I felt sorry for him more than I felt like he was an awful person.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Saw this old film when I was just a kid. Somehow it remained in my mind as did the first film "The Thing" and left me with a love of old B&W Scifi films. The book didn't disappoint.
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
I have always been aware of the stories of H.G. Wells but my interest in him was really sparked when I read David Lodge’s biography, ‘A Man of Parts’, a couple of years ago. H.G. certainly lived a colourful life! Here Alma Classics have republished one of his earliest books and I found it very enjoyable. The science has some grounding but I got lost on the explanation as to how the invisibility was actually achieved. The story relies heavily on the lead character’s condition which leads to some excellent knock-about comedy, described extremely well. As with all good tales there is an underlying moral which in this case is the ancient message of be careful what you wish for. For the aficionados this is not necessarily the original 1897 text. It is the 1924 Atlantic Edition updated for spelling and punctuation; not that I would have known any difference. Also, although the book is 192 pages long the actual story is just 175 pages with the remainder being Alma’s usual notes, a short biography and a bibliography. There is no doubt that H.G. Wells has a great descriptive style. Although the words are familiar the language can be different with a turn of phrase that often excited me. My favourite example was the sentence that ended: “… and then woke up with a curious persuasion of something wrong.” Wonderful. Given the brevity of the book and Alma’s modest prices what excuse can there be for not reading this classic, you will not be disappointed. It is well worth four stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So sad. :( Everyone left except us two.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
May i join?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She steps in and looked around the camp
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*casually walks in talking to a young ghost* You see that's why I believe that everyone is a hypocrite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Were do you go if you can shape shift and blend in with shadows from august
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She sits alone, listening to her music. (( *casually imitates Temmie* hOI! AM NEW! :3 ))