I’ve been more focused on Camp NaNoWriMo recently than on getting out blog posts. Sorry about that.
Here is a review I wrote a while ago for The Time Machine.
This was a surprisingly easy read for a book published in 1895.
Whenever you read a book, you can see the author’s own personal beliefs come through in the writing. In this case it was not only the author’s belief in Evolution, but also his opinion on human nature.
The concept is that, 800 thousand years into the future, man has evolved (devolved?) into two separate races. These separate species have virtually no intelligence and rely almost solely on instinct. The explanation for the two separate races is that in our society, there are the rich aristocrats and the working class. As time wears on, the two adjust differently to survive in their unique conditions. The aristocrats are accustomed to a life of leisure and pleasure, and the working class experienced quite the opposite and are slowly driven to live underground. In the future, the aristocrats have become a race with the height, appearance, and disposition of 5 year old children. The workers, however, have become gruesome monsters forced to survive under the earth’s surface.
The Time Traveler (as he is referred to throughout the book) has traveled to this distant future. Soon after he arrives there, his time machine is stolen. But to get it back, he must first survive.
After the man leaves the future, he unintentionally goes much farther into the future, instead of back to his own time. In this new future, the sun is so close to the earth that it takes up a tenth of the sky, which is in parts black and in parts blood red. Humanity has now died out, and few creatures remain on the deserted planet. Honestly, this part unsettled me. This is likely due in part to my extreme dislike of Space (Astrophobia), as well as the fact that this part was described very well.
Not only did I enjoy the plot of the story, I also enjoyed picking out the author’s own beliefs from the novel. The last sentence sums it up very well:
‘…To witness that even when mind and strength had gone, gratitude and a mutual tenderness still live on in the heart of man.’