Friends this is my review of the book The Invisible Man by H G Wells, which I listened to recently as an audio book whilst travelling. This is a book that had a lot of preconceptions. Of course I know all about the Invisible Man as I have seen the TV series.
Well it is nice to be surprised and proved wrong, even if the character that I thought might have been essentially good was in fact the opposite. But I am jumping the gun a little. The hero is a scientist, called Griffin, who manages to make himself invisible. Well that is so long as he is naked.
So with a bandaged face and a heavy coat and gloves, he takes a train to lodge in a country inn whilst he tries to discover the antidote and make himself visible again. But the locals become suspicious, especially when money starts to vanish. So he has to leave in a hurry.
He then coerces a tramp, Thomas Marvel, into becoming his assistant. With Marvel, he returns to the village to try and recover three notebooks that contain records of his experiments. When Thomas attempts to betray the Invisible Man to police, He chases him to the seaside town of Port Burdock, threatening to kill him. Thomas escapes to a local inn and is saved by the people at the inn, but Griffin escapes. Thomas later goes to the police and tells them about the "invisible man,"
Griffin's furious attempt to avenge his betrayal leads to his being shot. He takes shelter in a nearby house that turns out to belong to Dr. Kemp, a former acquaintance from medical school. He hopes that Dr Kemp will help him so he reveals his true identity, as the Invisible Man. He then goes on to explain how he invented medicine capable of rendering bodies invisible and, on impulse, performed the procedure on himself. He then recounts how he got to where he is, which involved theft of clothes from a theatrical supply shop.
He then suggests that he can make Kemp his secret confederate, and tells his plan to begin a "Reign of Terror" by using his invisibility to terrorise the nation, but sadly Dr Kemp denounces Griffin to the police. Things then do not progress well for the Invisible Man, and he is finally killed by the Mob.
The book ends with the revelation that Thomas, his initial assistant had kept the notebooks detailing the experiments.
This was an enjoyable book as book 5 week 4 fiction 5 (audio book 2) non fiction 0
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