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Orphaned at an early age, Artie Kipps is stunned to discover upon reading a newspaper that he is the grandson of a wealthy gentleman -- and the inheritor of his fortune. Thrown dramatically into the upper classes, he struggles to learn the etiquette and rules of polite society. But, as he soon discovers, becoming a "true gentleman" is neither as easy nor as desirable as it ...more
Hardcover, 380 pages
Published 1925 by Library Of Classics (first published 1905)
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Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a story of wealth, manners, society, etiquette, class and social mobility, money, inequality and aspiration…

Whilst initially not seeming light years away from Alfred Polly, the character and story of Arthur Kipps turns out to be something quite, quite different.

Again there are echoes of Dickens here (see Great Expectations in particular) to an extent his style, narrative and in attempting to address and examine socio-economic issues – but what we have here is something that (the very pro
I read this book for a very specific reason, which will not be of relevance to too many readers—I have just bought an apartment in Folkestone, where Kipps is set, and I was curious to read an account of it in its brief late-Victorian moment of glory. Kipps didn’t disappoint on that front. Wells portrays Folkestone quite vividly, as a wealthy, showy, brittle, snobbish, look-at-me resort town, contrasted with humbler Hythe, where the protagonist feels more at home.

This parochial interest aside, I
Bis zum Ende bin ich nicht warmgeworden mit dem Buch, obwohl die Story durchaus nicht unspannend ist. Artie Kipps aus der Unterschicht erbt unverhofft sehr viel Geld und wird dadurch automatisch irgendwie zum Mitglied der besseren Gesellschaft, ohne wirklich dazuzugehören.

Die Sprache des Romans ist extrem geschraubt und gestelzt, kein Wunder das Buch ist ja schon sehr alt, aber es ist mehr als das - das Parlieren in der guten englischen Gentlemen-Gesellschaft und der damit einhergehende Sprachs
Katie Lumsden
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really interesting examination of class and culture in the late 19th century, with great characterisation and moments of humour and poignancy. It has a touch of Great Expectations about it and is definitely my favourite HG Wells so far.
I wound up thoroughly enjoying the second half of _Kipps_, where Wells stops his merciless mockery of the eponymous anti-hero and begins instead to poke fun at himself. Favorite lines include Kipps's enthusiastic determination to set himself up as a bookseller because all books are the same -- "If you don't like one book, you take up another; it's not something that really matters, like print dresses or serviettes."
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Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
رواية عادية جدا لا اعرف الغرض منها حيث نتعرف على اليتيم كيبس الذي كان تحت رعاية عمه والذي يدُخله إلى المدرسة الابتدائي حيث يتعرف على الطفل سيد واخته أنا ثم يذهب بعد الانتهاء من المدرسة الابتدائية إلى دكان لبيع الأقمشة ثم يفاجأ بأنه ورث من جده ثروة كبيرة ويصبح بين ليلة وضحاها من الاغنياء ثم يحب فتاة تدعى هيلين ولكنه بعد فترة لا يحس بأي شي ناحيتها ويعاوده حبه القديم لاخت سيد الجميلة أنا فيتزوجها ثم تسرق ثروته ثم يسترجع جزء منها ثم يرزق بمولود وتنتهي الحكاية
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this as I had been to see the new production of Half A Sixpence and wanted to read the source material. It is really interesting to read it and see which parts have been taken out from all versions of the musical and additionally which parts have been put into the new version. I thoroughly enjoyed the musical and enjoyed most of the novel.
I had only ever read the science fiction works of Wells so this was a big change. It is a real insight into the turn of the century period and I feel I
Rachel Pieters
Apr 03, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, classic
In actuality, I stopped reading around page 50. I'm an H.G. Wells fan, and grabbed this without reading the description, because the book could have been about anything and I would have tried it. BUT, this book was just. so. boring.

I wanted to like it, but nothing happened, not really, just endless paragraphs of narration about this boring guy named Kipps. About his childhood, in which nothing really happens. And then of his schooling, where nothing really happens either. On page 22 there's an
Alan Wells
Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On the surface this may seem like a satiric and stilted tale of an "everyman", but as I took it in and reflected on the story, it seems more a deeply personal journey in reaching some level of self-actualization amidst confusing and overbearing social pressures. Set around the early 20th century in Great Britain, Arthur Kipps experiences the everyday challenges of boredom and the relentless tortures of social expectations as he's growing up, and as a young man faces the harsh realities of barely ...more
بسام عبد العزيز
كرهت بشدة محاولات كيبس المستمرة للالتصاق بتلك الطبقة الغنية المرفهة بأي شكل!
كيبس كان شابا فقيرا و لكن هبطتت عليه ثروة "من السماء كما يقولون" و كل ما فكر فيه هو أن يكون داخل تلك "الطبقة الإجتماعية العليا" .. فهو قد أصبح غنيا مثلهم. .أليس كذلك؟!
هذا التفكير الذي يجبره على محاولة تغيير كل شيء فيه.. عاداته.. لبسه.. معارفه.. و حتى طريقة نطقه للحروف حتى يكون ملائما للوسط الإجتماعي الجديد..
طوال أحداث الرواية كرهت تلك الشخصية جدا .. لماذا تصر على هذا؟ أنك تعيش بشكل جيد بما يكفي! لديك العائلة و الأصدقاء
Pauline McGonagle
not sure about hilarious- but it has some funny moments. The attempt at accents is a bit clumsy and it comes across as very dated.
I did read it for local interest as well as to see what HG Wells wrote outside science fiction.
It did show how much class is less defined than it was in the past but in many ways its is just as hierarchical and divided.
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book had its high points, but by and large I found the story rather unremarkable and extremely boring. I don't think it was terrible, Wells is a talented author after all, but this book just wasn't for me.
Sep 24, 2008 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Described in a recent roundup in the Wall Street Journal as one of the five best British books on class distinctions.
May 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
On one side, this is a wonderfully funny and humorous book to read, really witty in parts. It covers a great many themes, how easy money can come and go, the effects that money has on an individual and those who want to associate with you and so forth. In parts of this book I could have been easily food that I was reading an excellent Charles Dickens Novel. Scene’s depicting Kipps trying to act in a hotel, trying to figure out which knife fork and spoon to use whilst eating is exceptionally funn ...more
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kipps might be seen as an Edwardian rewrite of Great Expectations. Even its titular hero has a name that bears a slight resemblance to that of Pip, the narrator of Dickens’ Victorian classic novel.

We have lost some of that perspective because the period that separates Kipps from us is considerably longer than the period which separated Kipps from Great Expectations. To us the world portrayed in one book has more in common with the era of the other than it does to our age. However, there are upd
Amanda Sorrento
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After looking for 'Kipps' in bookstores for about a year, I finally found this book in my university library! I wanted to read it as Tommy Steele in 'Half a Sixpence' is one of my absolute favourite films. So I had to compare it to the original source! What was really cool was the fact that the copy that I read had a beautifully ornate green cover, and had not been checked out of the library since the '70s! I gave that book new life.
I really liked the differences between the book and film/music
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A real pleasure to read after struggling through some pretentious modern literature - plot! Characters! Wisdom! Very Dickensian in its affectionate depiction of working class life but without being cloying, there was a nice touch of Wodehouse about it at times. My first wells book and certainly not the last.
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had no idea that sci-fi wasn't Wells' only genre. I listened to the original London soundtrack of Half a Sixpence, which is based on this book, and wanted to read the source material. This is a fun and light look at the foibles of the monied class and gives the truth to the lie that money can bring happiness.
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
رواية رائعة وكلها عبر ومواعظ اولها ان المال السهل مثلما ياتي بسهولة يذهب بسهولة
وايضا الانسان يجب ان يتبع قلبه احيانا عندما يتعلق الامر بحب حياته
وكذلك تنطبق هذه الرواية مع ان الناس خلقوا درجات فمثلا الفقير عندما يصبح فجاة غنيا فليس شيئا سهلا بالنسبة له لانه يحتاج الى من يرشده في استخدام المال
اعتقد ان الكاتب ابدع بهذه الوراية ووضع الكثير الكثير من الدروس المستفادة
Nikki Limbrick
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting to see the difference between the book and the musical 'Half A Sixpence', which is based on it. Both follow the same tale of Arthur Kipps but are both very different in terms of structure and story. Loved this book, will read again!
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
At another time I may have found parts of this charming but now I only thought it to be terribly tepid and tedious.
P.S. Winn
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An orphan finds out he really belongs to a rich family and all kinds of excitement occurs. What would you do? H.G. Wells has amazing stories.
Johnny Depp
Nov 18, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's a very ordinary story,I loved his book the time machine but this one with a big disappointing for me.
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Initially the book unfolds more or less like "The Great Expectations". The book gets funnier with Kipps entering adolescence and trying to make a mark among the ladies

There was a funny conversation between Kipps and Chitterlow. The funniest part was the conversation with Kipps reaching his drinking capacity and realizing, Chitterlow is a gut. The plot unfolds with Kipps getting hint of his family members in a news paper.

Kipps inherits fortune and is now in a different and strange world.

The recen
Sergiu Pobereznic
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book about a normal working man that was born into the world as a love child, lived with his aunt and became a draper. He suddenly finds himself in possession of wealth and has to adjust his regular behaviour to become a GENTLEMAN leading to some unusual circumstances. But then he later realizes that it is best to be yourself. It is a classic Rags to riches and Rags to riches again.
It is not a serious novel or at least it doesn't take itself seriously.
Wells is a witty writer and build
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wells without si-fi

After rereading the Time Machine and War of the Worlds, I came away with the uncomfortable impression that Wells could tell a good story but his ability to depict a decent relationship was lacking. The clumsy relationships in those books are cursory and ill defined. I turned to Kipps as I know the musical Half A Sixpence was based on it and it was very relationally based. Kipps showd that wells can write about relationships with sensitivity and depth and even though he is conc
Oct 20, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
HGW is pitiless in his portrayal of the emptiness of contemporary middle class pretension. This compares with honest "what you see is what you get" socialism.

Arthur Kipps gets off to a bad start. He's a "love child" passed on to an aunt and uncle to rear and then apprentice to the drudgery of the Drapery trade. His luck improves however when he gets rich quick but then must learn how to behave "proper" -ie as a "gentleman". He makes a dogs breakfast of it. Artie is a silly little rich boy/man an
I was reading about the musical “Half a Sixpence” (I don’t remember why) and found that it was based on this novel. I thought the book would be worth a read. Turns out, not so much. Kind of a slog, riddled with impenetrable turn-of-the-20th-Century British slang and lots of dropped aitches. I found myself having to go back and read certain passages because I wasn't quite sure what had just happened. But I still would like to see “Half a Sixpence” one day, because the bare bones of the story prob ...more
Yerbulan Akhmetov
The only Wells novel I have read and it's not even a science fiction.

As I mentioned, I haven't read any other of his works, but I think this one has a lot in common with them, even though it is not a science fiction.

In essence, it is still a story of a usual man who finds himself in a very unusual situation.
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“Room to swing a cat, it seemed was absolutely essential. It was an infrequent but indispensable operation.” 13 likes
“I don't know things. I'm not good enough. I'm not refined. The more you see of me, the more you'll find me out.'
'But I'm going to help you.'
'You'll 'ave to 'elp me a fearful lot.”
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