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The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
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Jul 01, 12

bookshelves: blast-from-the-past, 2012
Read on June 30, 2012

Not as harmless as it first seems (3.5/5)

I remember avidly reading this book as a child, being held in suspense until the end. Rereading Wells' novel now, it's enough to discern that the author's intent did not lie in the book being taken in so lightly. There is a clear agenda that Wells means to engage his readers in. (A comparable example would be Orwell's Animal Farm, used to allude to the many atrocities of Stalinist Russia.) His feverish glorification of a utopian future, coupled with an aim to reverse entropy, is channeled to disturbing heights when he places extra terrestrial, man-eating Martians as the idealistic future for mankind. It's very shrewd, to Wells' credit, but I feel his intent was not to entertain, but to write of what he found humanity to be--frail and vulnerable--so depraved, that it would ultimately fail to protect itself.
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