When the Sleeper Wakes

When the Sleeper Wakes

by H. G. Wells
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When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells

One afternoon, at low water, Mr. Isbister, a young artist lodging at Boscastle, walked from that place to the picturesque cove of Pentargen, desiring to examine the caves there. Halfway down the precipitous path to the Pentargen beach he came suddenly upon a man sitting in an attitude of profound distress beneath a projecting mass of rock. The hands of this man hung limply over his knees, his eyes were red and staring before him, and his face was wet with tears.

He glanced round at Isbister's footfall. Both men were disconcerted, Isbister the more so, and, to override the awkwardness of his involuntary pause, he remarked, with an air of mature conviction, that the weather was hot for the time of year.

"Very," answered the stranger shortly, hesitated a second, and added in a colourless tone, "I can't sleep."

Isbister stopped abruptly. "No?" was all he said, but his bearing conveyed his helpful impulse.

"It may sound incredible," said the stranger, turning weary eyes to Isbister's face and emphasizing his words with a languid hand, "but I have had no sleep—no sleep at all for six nights."

"Had advice?"

"Yes. Bad advice for the most part. Drugs. My nervous system.... They are all very well for the run of people. It's hard to explain. I dare not take... sufficiently powerful drugs."

"That makes it difficult," said Isbister.

He stood helplessly in the narrow path, perplexed what to do. Clearly the man wanted to talk. An idea natural enough under the circumstances, prompted him to keep the conversation going. "I've never suffered from sleeplessness myself," he said in a tone of commonplace gossip, "but in those cases I have known, people have usually found something—"

"I dare make no experiments."

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013740006
Publication date: 01/08/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 215 KB

About the Author

H.G. Wells (1866-1946) published his first novel, The Time Machine, to critical and popular acclaim in 1895. Socially progressive and visionary in intellect, he became one of the most prolific writers of his generation. Through books like The Invisible Man and War of the Worlds, he explored a wide variety of social, philosophical, and political ideas through the medium of what we now call 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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When the Sleeper Wakes 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Alan Landis More than 1 year ago
This 'book' is the typical result you obtain when you put total, unquestioning faith in technology. The original was scanned and processed by information technology, but never verified for validity by human eyes. In this case the ebook is so badly garbled that it is unreadable. The download was free, but the book was. not worth the time it took to transfer the data.
jessicka More than 1 year ago
many of these cheap publications of classics end up with lines, sometimes even pages of undecipherable mess. i really wish there was a way to tell before i buy the book if it was full of crap like that. guess that's why i'm writing a review, so you don't have to. if you are patient enough to sift through the mess then it's a great deal!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book had a very good premise. A man falls into a trance and wakes up 200 years later and ends up owning half the world. The first 100 pages a very enjoyable and exciting but the book became slow moving towards the end but I still recommend it to any reader of science fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very fascinating. Makes for a good read. This version is good too, with no errors. The other comments are for another version of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The formatting makes this unreadable
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent premise but overly long. I felt Wells could have spent more tme on character development and less time on the MANY details of the new world. Interesting how the power transfer to one man was achieved, though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very interesting and entertaining read, and a nice version, which is error free. Very well-done. Wells is always intriguing.
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Andre Boening More than 1 year ago
This version was so full of typographical errors and gaps I could barely read it. I bet it was good if it had been done properly
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That is why. Ouch. Weird letters.