This book is an intriguing account of time traveling, probably the first of its kinds amongst the science fictions. The book’s protagonist, referred to as The Time Traveller, by the author is a scientist by profession. The book begins with the narrator’s interaction with his dinner guests. The protagonist insists on the existence of the fourth dimension, namely space and he demonstrates a model machine for traveling through it. Despite utter disbelief of his guests, the protagonist sincerely believes time traveling is a fact that cannot be done away with. He reveals to his guests that he has made a machine by which time traveling can be made possible. By the next week, the narrator joins his guests again, only to reveal astonishing, yet magnificent; experiences which he had while time traveling. This novel makes for an interesting read with the detailed and gripping descriptions of the narrator while traveling through time.
This novel is a true depiction of Well’s socialist political views. His views regarding life, industrial relations. He has spoken of the increasing gulf between the laborers and the industrialists. He continually refers to the Haves and the Have-nots. He speaks of the refined and luxurious life of the Haves and the increasing misery and rebelliousness of the have-nots. He increasingly highlights the conditions of his times with special attention on details.
Wells has a definite lucidity in his writing. His writing style is fluid, has a beautiful flow to it, with a special knack for attention to details. His description of the narrator’s traveling through time is written with so much conviction that it makes you feel that you are traveling with him. His description of characters is equally endearing which gives you a clear picture of everything that he writes about. The writing style is the high point of the novel which makes it gripping and makes you read till you have reached the last page.
After reading through the novel, my thoughts wandered and made me feel what it would be like to actually travel through time, to know the future and to unravel the past. While breezing through this science fiction, there is an inner debate going through your mind. Is time traveling possible? Can you actually travel to future like you do to other places? And that’s the beauty of this novel - it makes you think and ponder. It makes the heart want to believe even when the mind thinks time traveling is not possible. Read through this novel to see what you feel about it.
Book Reviewed by Sujata Chandra
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