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The Door in the Wall
'And so, in a trice, he came into the garden that has haunted all his life.'
H.G. Wells was a pioneer of science fiction, its first and greatest influence. Here his boundless invention creates three very stories: a poignant parable of a mysterious door, a thrilling account of be-tentacled sea creatures and the darkly comic chronicle of an academic rivalry taken too far...more
H.G. Wells wrote the Time Machine in 1895 and had his moment of glory. But what a coincidence, that these two identically-themed stories were published in 1911.
The 1900's seem to be years of soul-searching, when people were afraid to acknowledge that they even read P.B.Shelley cause of his views. The story talks of the 'other world' that is open only to the pure-hearted, who dare to step out of the r ...more
One star for story, five stars for style, for an average of three.
The door opened into a lush garden, 'into peace, into delight, into a beauty beyond dreaming, a kindness no man on earth can know', inhabited by playful children, friendly animals and a lady with a magical picture book.
Straight forward, sweetly told short story from Wells about the disenc ...more
I bought this collection on a whim a couple of years ago, and it languished on my shelf, unread. I had tried reading Wells before, back in college, War of the Worlds and The Time Machine, and was fairly unimpressed. His language was stuffy and old-fashioned, I thought, and his allegories tortured. So even though I like short stories as a form, I really wasn't expecting much when I picked this up.
I love being wrong in that way. It's one of my favorite things ab ...more
The Door in the Wall will probably be considered as one of his fantastic tales, I personally feel there's more to it.
The story is a vague recollection by a man in his forties, a successful British politician, of an exper ...more
A mountaineer gets lost in a strange valley in The Andes and finds himself surrounded by a race of sightless people, another is transported to Fairyland - and a third spends his life searching for a lost world behind a door in a white wall in London.
Three mysterious stories of different Utopias by the master of the genre, HG Wells brought together in a single play by Kelvin Segger. A mix of adventure, comedy and suspense.
Stars Paul Webster as Nunez, Christian Rodska as Red ...more
While the story is simple, Wells keeps the narrative flowing smoothly to the climax. Audio version narrated by the always good ...more
This story is about second chance, third, fourth, and several more chances that are wasted away to escape from this dull world and to enter into an utopian world, a heavenly garden. Wasted because the person is busy tied up in his present world, the world which he actually does not enjoy living in, and that he has, ever since his first visit to the garden, been dreaming of going back to it. But aga ...more
The title story is my favorite - The Door in the Wall. It's a metaphor for missed choices and how following your dreams should be a mission, not a wish. I thought about this lesson for a long time after reading. It made me more vigilant about looking for those doors I normally pass. ...more
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It’s only natural the memories of his time behind The Green Door would always stay on his mind. Even as an adult he still found the woman reading a fairytale book, panthers playing with a ball, and the beautiful garden appealing.
As a child these things are whimsical. As an adult they’re an escape. The grass is ...more
After another disappointing book (why do they come in packs? Seriously am I the only person who seems to pick up bad book after bad book?) it was back onto the well trodden and well read ground of the Youtube audio book. Today's offering being some HG Wells, as War of the Worlds is one of the finest books ever written and this girl has a thing for wordy, Gothic, Victor ...more
I put off writing my review for this story for over a week, simply because I didn’t know what to say about it.
Honestly, I still don’t. It’s a strange, short little tale, and to say anything about it in any detail would be to completely spoil the story. So, I’m not going to.
Suffice to say that I enjoyed this. I listened to an audiobook version, narrated by B.J. Harrison. He’s a narrato ...more
Of the stories in this volume, I enjoyed "The door in the wall" the most. I loved the sense of lost opertunity, the question if it was real, the commentary on the way the preasure of adulthood and life and achievement robs us of the simple pleasure of existing.
"The Sea Raiders" is a more typical story from the sea monster genre - featuing a ma ...more
I thought the book was a bit repetitive in the middle. ...more
But did he see like that?”