The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man

A Grotesque Romance

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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.
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, c2002
Description: xxviii, 159 p. ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9780812966459
0812966457
Branch Call Number: Well

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vanhont48
Jun 11, 2018

The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells is one of my all-time favorite books. I have read four of Well’s science fiction classics, but The Invisible Man was the one I read first. It got me interested in his writing, and I have re-read it since. Aside from the suspense and uniqueness, the story provides psychological insight and emotion.
The story starts with a mysterious stranger arriving in a town called Iping. The town’s residents are suspicious of him and don’t really leave him alone. Eventually, in an argument with his innkeeper, the stranger becomes angry and takes his clothes and bandages off to reveal that he is invisible. He is then forced to flee the town, and he accidentally abandons his scientific notes. He persuades a homeless man named Marvel to help him retrieve them, but it turns to chaos and the Invisible Man is chased by the townspeople. He reacts violently, breaking windows and hitting people. The Invisible Man and Marvel arrive in another town, and Marvel takes their stolen money and runs away. The Invisible Man pursues him and attacks him in a bar, but the customers defend Marvel. The Invisible Man flees with no money and several injuries. He finds shelter at the home of his old friend, Kemp. The Invisible Man’s real name, Griffin, is revealed. Griffin tells Kemp the lengthy story of his past, and his violent plans for the future. He is polite and attempts to re-befriend Kemp. Despite this, Kemp betrays Griffin and calls the police. They come to arrest him, but Griffin escapes. In fear of his violent plans, Kemp and the police go to great lengths to find him. Eventually, a Kemp, the police, and a bunch of people in a new town come together with and violently kill Griffin. When he dies, he becomes visible and a young, bloodied man is revealed.
Overall, Griffin was not a good person. He was selfish in his thievery and often unnecessarily violent. However, the characters in the novel were very quick to assume he had bad intentions, and this often forced him to turn violent to escape them and go further into isolation. After all, he only came to Iping to work on his scientific research, and if everyone hadn’t been so determined to kill him then it is possible nothing violent would have happened at all. If he had received some guidance or a healthy bond with somebody like Kemp, he may not have gotten himself into so much destruction. However, Kemp did not give him a chance, and Griffin was unable to finally form a healthy relationship. He had only come to Kemp in a innocent attempt to be sheltered. He peacefully told him, “I am lucky to have fallen upon you, Kemp,” and he pleaded, “You must help me” (73). Sadly, Kemp only saw him for the violent plans he had developed, and he instead resorted to hunting him down and killing him. Griffin’s fate was not simply Kemp’s fault, but the fault of everyone he met since he came to Iping who neglected to treat him as anything but an animal.

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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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Qwfwq
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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