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Love and Mr. Lewisham

3.48  ·  Rating Details  ·  270 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Love and Mr Lewisham is a novel featuring Mr. Lewisham is an 18-year-old teacher at a boys' school in Sussex. He meets and falls in love with Ethel Henderson, who is paying a visit to relatives in Sussex. His involvement with her causes him to lose his position and after moving to London in pursuit is unable to find her. After two and a half years Lewisham is in his third ...more
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Published (first published January 1st 1899)
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Last night I finished reading H.G. Wells' Love and Mr. Lewisham it might now be my favorite book of his. It was one of the most realistic portrayals of love or romance I've read since Ding Ling's "Miss Sophie's Diary". There is a lot of raw emotion in the pages, and irrationality and changes of heart that you don't normally expect from Wells. Realism isn't normaly his style, but in this case it works really well.

The story is of a young man 18 and then 21 who is going to school for science in Lon
Nikhilesh Sinha
This is an odd little book. Not least because you don't expect a somewhat clumsy romance novel from the pen of H.G. Wells. The eponymous protagonist is pompous, pretentious and try-as-one-might, hard to like. The two women, badly etched caricatures of the physically appealing and pure-hearted but weak-minded and weak-willed damsel in distress on the one hand, and the intellectually ambitious plain jane on the other. While the novel provides an interesting insight into the life and times of the i ...more
Cathrine Bonham
Sep 14, 2011 Cathrine Bonham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sci-fi lovers be warned this is not the Wells you're used to.

Mr. Lewisham is in love but at every turn life and Edwardian society seems to thwart their attempts to spend time together. Until one day Lewisham impulsivly follows the advice of a friend.

Secretly they marry. They marry without ever having been formally introduced to one another. Scandilous! The Novel followes the Lewishams through their first year of marriage and struggles that go with.

Wells tells the story in his classic narritive
Douglas Dalrymple
Not as good as The History of Mr Polly (another of Wells’ later social novels), but still quite good. Wells’ prose is a real pleasure here. The character of Mr Chaffery, a fraud medium who makes his money catering to the faddish spiritualism of the upper classes, is especially memorable, almost Dickensian. Chaffery’s rambling monologues are worth two or three read-throughs.
Not as good as some of his bette known books, but well written if a little pedestrian.
Jul 28, 2008 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Wells. He has such a lovely, witty satirical style to his stories. This one is the story of a young student who must choose between his career/ambitions and a young girl he loves despite her involvement with her family's business in the sham psychic trade. Probably if you haven't read any Wells at all you should start with the classic scientific romances (Time Machine, Invisible Man, War of the Worlds) but this was a nice read.
Miss Dashwood
It compelled me to rethink my own expactations of life, my ambitions and dreams.

Mr. Lewisham, an ambitious and zealous student, adhering closely to his "Schema" his time schedule, has to - at some point in his life- realize that life cannot be planned in advance, that the future is shaped by several irrelevant decisions which we make every day without our recognizing it.

The story is not merely a love story, but a story about finding your way in life and putting up with unexpected twists and tur
Sep 13, 2015 Gillie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first time reading H. G. Wells and was delighted to find in him a master raconteur, delivering his story with a wonderfully conspiratorial voice and a large helping of wit. There is a great sense of movement with the narrative; like a grand tour, we are not to stay in one place very long (see maps). I especially loved the London walks. Occasionally Wells opens a window on to some of the most beautifully written romantic passages I have ever read before slamming the window shut again, ...more
I'm not really sure why I started reading this book a couple of weeks ago. I have it because a bought a Wells Collected Works some time back. I guess I was intrigued to read something non-SciFi by him.

Mr Lewisham is an ambitious young teacher who has grand plans for his future. Indeed he has written up a Plan or Schema as he calls it and has committed himself to daily study to improve himself.

We follow him as he moves to London and becomes a student. He also gets married and the later part of t
Brandon Will
Sep 03, 2009 Brandon Will rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, classics

This is an H.G. Wells many people don't know - the man who took the incredible scientific and emotional reasoning, empathetic character skills, and gift for exciting pacing that he honed to perfection on stories about possible future civilizations and scientific mishaps, and applied it to the most banal of subjects (commonly reserved for dime novels or penny novels or whatever they cost back then) among common people. And with that, we see the simple wants of the human hungry heart presen

Adrián Sánchez
Pensé que sería un libro de ciencia ficción acostumbrado a lo que he leído de Wells, incluso pensé que el título era para causar cierta confusión pero en realidad se trata de una historia de amor, es una historia de amor en donde se le presenta al protagonista el conflicto de los sentimientos contra la educación, bonita historia, bonita narración aunque no le sentí un objetivo claro, vale recalcar que como la novela es antigua contiene algunas partes que puedan considerarse como machistas aunque ...more
Aug 23, 2011 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Pretty good story though a bit slow at times. Detailed the recklessness and shortsidedness of first love. Mr. Lewisham had a plan for his career, his entire future was perfectly laid out until a young girl with pretty hair and an inviting smile made him forget all of his dreams. The story accurately if not sadly portrays how stupid people get when they are in love, how impractical they become and inevitably how trapped they end up from the choices they make. Luckily, this is not 1899 anymore, so ...more
Aug 25, 2012 Bert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know how the song Grocer Jack is better than anything by Dickens? Well, reading this I kept thinking that it would've made a charming little Kinksy toytown pop song, and that with a nice bit of harpsichord, flugel horn and a catchy chorus it could've been condensed down to a 3-minute kitchen-sink opus. But as a novel it was kind of all over the place, unfocused, partly a coming-of-age love-story and partly a satire about spiritualism and science, it never really pulled me into it. Actually t ...more
Apr 06, 2008 Dfordoom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you think of H. G. Wells merely as a writer of science fiction then you’ve been missing out. His non-science fiction novels are quite wonderful. They’re optimistic but realistic, very romantic and extremely funny. Wells was very concerned with the problem of finding a balance in life between duty and pleasure, between marriage and career, between social responsibility and individual needs. Love and Mr Lewisham, published in 1900, addresses all these questions, but mainly it’s concerned with l ...more
Mar 10, 2013 Gary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've never been let down by Wells, there's something very modern about his mind, as if he really was a time traveller who found himself in a past that he didn't belong to. This is Wells writing about that world, charting the painful realizations of young adulthood and analysing the social mores of love and marriage. Even though you would imagine that those mores have dated Wells writes with such honesty and precision you realise that, in fact, not that much about people's interior lives has chan ...more
Oct 13, 2012 Juna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
quite nice! all of the sweet quirk of the sci-fi wells i'd already come to know and love being used to narrate the love story of a geeky science student...but still left some things to be desired...namely, the conclusion. i thought the story quite lovely while i was in the thick of it, but it resolved with as much gentle finesse as tom cruise slamming his car into that wall in vanilla sky. i mean, literally, a rather cute, lengthy love story slamming to a close in about 20 pages..a little weird ...more
Dec 28, 2014 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fine, fine example of all that is best in Wells' novels. If when you think of Wells you think of Martians, Time Machines, and Invisible Men, please learn that Wells "Love and Mr Lewisham" was admired by Conrad, and that most of Wells' oeuvre is made up of novels of social investigation, that Science Fiction, while a thread running though his career, is a thin strand in the sturdy cable of novels and non-fiction for which he should surely be remembered and reread.
Emily Clark
Feb 09, 2016 Emily Clark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"There's truths you have to grow into."
Nov 17, 2014 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rick Yvanovich
A very different read from his typical science fiction diet. I do so enjoy the richness of the English used, a richness that i rather absent from the typical business books and modern science fiction that I tend to read.
Jun 23, 2008 Sophia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story about a young couple trying to get by. It doesn't matter that the language and mores of Mr Lewisham are of a different era, since the story is endearingly relate-able.
Dave Turner
May 31, 2011 Dave Turner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an uncluttered short and simple love story writen by a great author. Wells paints the characters so well the reader actually cares about their fate.
Adrienne Kiser
"Mrs Chaffery . . . nodded tearfully over an experienced handkerchief."

This is now one of my favorite sentences. Page 191.

Feb 09, 2012 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this little known Wells very much. Such a sense of being poor in 1890s London.
Simon Rogers
interesting, but didnt really wrap up well.
Jul 11, 2008 Lala rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute love story, easy read.
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In 1866, (Herbert George) H.G. Wells was born to a working class family in Kent, England. Young Wells received a spotty education, interrupted by several illnesses and family difficulties, and became a draper's apprentice as a teenager. The headmaster of Midhurst Grammar School, where he had spent a year, arranged for him to return as an "usher," or student teacher. Wells earned a government schol ...more
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