H.G. Wells – The Time Machine (audiobook)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

“I’ve had a most amazing time….”

So begins the Time Traveller’s astonishing firsthand account of his journey 800,000 years beyond his own era—and the story that launched H.G. Wells’s successful career and earned him his reputation as the father of science fiction. With a speculative leap that still fires the imagination, Wells sends his brave explorer to face a future burdened with our greatest hopes…and our darkest fears. A pull of the Time Machine’s lever propels him to the age of a slowly dying Earth.  There he discovers two bizarre races—the ethereal Eloi and the subterranean Morlocks—who not only symbolize the duality of human nature, but offer a terrifying portrait of the men of tomorrow as well.  Published in 1895, this masterpiece of invention captivated readers on the threshold of a new century. Thanks to Wells’s expert storytelling and provocative insight, The Time Machine will continue to enthrall readers for generations to come.

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Lejuplādēju no torenta. Izvēlējos no Top 100 Sci-Fi Books grāmatu listes.

Vērtējums/Rating: 4.75/5

Mana recenzija/My review

Īss stāsts, bet arī tajā mazajā sprīdī tiek lasāmviela paspēj radīt spēcīgu atmosfēru.

Ceļotājs laikā prezentē saviem draugiem/paziņām laikamašīnas modeli un ideju par ceļošanu laikā, jo kādēļ gan lai tas nebūtu iespējams, ja varam ceļot telpā turp un atpakaļ. Aptuveni pēc nedēļas tie paši un vēl daži tiek uzaicināti uz vakariņām. Skats, ko viņi ierauga, liek visiem klātesošajiem palikt ar mutēm vaļā, jo Ceļotājs ievērojami pēc skata novecojis.

Jau labi zinādams, ka sacītais tiks uztverts kā, ja ne klaji meli, tad izdomājums un fantāzija, Ceļotājs izklāsta sanākušajiem piedzīvoto nākotnē, kur nonācis pateicoties pabeigtai pilna izmēra laikamašīnai. Neskatoties uz darba sarakstīšanas laiku pārsteidzoši reālistiska un ticama vīzija. Var pamanīt šo un to, kas vēlāk izmantots citos darbos.

Ja var ticēt mašīnas uzrādītajam, tad gads, kur Ceļotājs nonāk, pārsniedza 802 000 gadu. Un diemžēl cilvēces attīstība atšķiras no gaidītā negatīvā ziņā.

Būtu paticis, ja tēliem būtu bijuši doti arī vārdi, ne tikai profesijas, piemēram, ārsts un psihologs.

                                                                                                                                                

The story is not that long but in that short time it manages to create a powerful atmosphere.

The Time Traveler presents to his friends/acquaintance a time machine’s module and the idea about traveling in time because why couldn’t you do that if it’s possible to travel in space. About a week later the same guests and few more are invited to dinner. The sight when Time Traveler shows up makes them gasp because he has aged considerably.

Already knowing that what he has to say might be considered as fantasy if not lies, the Time Travel tells his guests about his adventures in the future where was able to get thanks to full size time machine. In spite of when the story was written the vision of future was very realistic and believable. You can see this and that that has been used later by others.

If you can trust the readings of time machine than the Time Traveler travelled to year 802 000 and a bit more. Unfortunately the state of humanity isn’t what predicted and thought it might be.

I would have liked if the characters would have names and not just their profession labels like doctor and psychologist.

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