The Door in the Wall

The Door in the Wall

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'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 ...This book includes "The Door in the Wall", "The Sea Raiders" and "The Moth".
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Product details

  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 106 x 156 x 8mm | 49.89g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0141196262
  • 9780141196268
  • 250,888

About H. G. Wells

H.G. Wells (1866 -1946) was a professional writer and journalist, who published more than a hundred books, including novels, histories, essays and programmes for world regeneration. Wells's prophetic imagination was first displayed in pioneering works of science fiction, but later he became an apostle of socialism, science and progress. His controversial views on sexual equality and the shape of a truly developed nation remain directly relevant to our world today. He was, in Bertrand Russell's words, 'an important liberator of thought and action'.
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1,202 ratings
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4 38% (456)
3 29% (350)
2 4% (54)
1 1% (11)

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Reason for Reading: I enjoy the author. This is a small book, about the size of a man\'s hand and contains three short stories. 2011 is the fiftieth anniversary of the Penguin Modern Classics list and in honour of this event they have published 50 of these \"Mini Modern\" books to celebrate the great short story writers. The books are all uniform. I like H.G. Wells; I\'ve read all his fiction, some of the novels more than once. I especially like his science fiction, the classics \"The Time Machine\" and \"The Invisible Man\". I read his short stories when I was a kid in a humongous old tome entitled \"The Complete Works of H.G. Wells\", though it\'s completeness was referring to his fiction, so I must have come across these stories at least once before though they were not familiar to me at this reading. The three stories are very different from each other. The first is mostly humorous with a trick ending, the second is what we expect when we hear the name H.G. Wells: science fiction and the third is more a horror story in the vein on Poe. None of the stories were particularly impressive to me. They were all OK, with the sci-fi one standing out amongst the three but I\'m sure someone could have picked three more outstanding stories to represent this great writer. Overall, just OK. The Door in the Wall - The titular story in this collection and the longest is about a man who recounts the story of an old school chum who came to visit him in the night who tells him the tale of how he has been haunted his entire life by a mysterious door in the wall, which he entered once, and the narrator tells us how this story ends tragically. 3/5 The Sea Raiders - A day when the Devonshire coast is attacked by strange aggressive man-eating tentacled sea creatures. My favourite of the collection. 4/5 The Moth - A man is either being haunted by his late academic rival or his death has driven him insane. 3/5show more
by Nicola Mansfield
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