‘The Invisible Man’ by HG Wells

The Invisible Man

An impetuous scientist manages to make himself invisible by interfering with his body’s refractive index. However, on discovering the impossibility of reversing the process, he begins to consider how this new characteristic might have unexpected benefits. Turning to crime, he becomes obsessed with making the most of his invisibility and gradually descends into madness.

Given the plethora of film and TV series based on the book, it was interesting to see what HG Wells originally wrote. I was surprised to see the development of the character from a clever reclusive scientist, into a thoroughly unpleasant villain, though the change makes total sense. The story is mostly told in third-person dramatic, so many of the protagonist’s antics are seen from the point of view of the villagers, the two doctors and the tramp-cum-assistant, Marvel.

A clever and thoughtful tale that explores the social restrictions and accepted behaviour of the time. It also rubber-stamped the author’s talent for writing what was then referred to as ‘scientific romance’, but would eventually become known as science fiction.

[The link to the audiobook version refused to work, so I have linked to Amazon instead]

Back to the Blog

  2 comments for “‘The Invisible Man’ by HG Wells

  1. 18/03/2018 at 4:33 PM

    H. G. Wells is fascinating, Colin. Well worth the effort of reading, or listening too.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: