Monday, 11 June 2012

HELLO A Classics Challenge


The prompt this month for A Classics Challenge is The Visual Tour. This is a journey through pictures, which illustrates a scene or description in my classics read.

This month I whizzed through The Time Machine by H.G. Wells.

The following quotes come from Chapter Three where the Time Traveller begins narrating his journey to his dinner guests.

He pushes a lever and is instantly catapulted into a whirl of confusion; hazy images, speed, and the passage of time. The sun hops across the sky and the moon spins full to new. When at last he decides to stop, the Time Traveller is flung from his machine, in a thunder clap, and  finds himself on soft ground.



'I looked around me.
 I was on what seemed to be a little lawn in a garden, 
surrounded by rhododendron bushes, 
and I noticed that their mauve and purple blossoms 
were dropping in a shower under beating of the hailstones.'




'I stood up and looked around. 
A colossal figure, 
carved apparently in some white stone, 
loomed indistinctly beyond the rhododendron
 through the hazy downpour...
It was of white marble, in shape 
something like a winged sphinx...'
                                                                        



'Already I saw other vast shapes - huge buildings with intricate parapets
 and tall columns, 
with a wooded hill-side dimly creeping in upon me through the lessening storm...
The great buildings about me stood out clear and distinct, 
shining with the wet thunderstorm, 
and picked out in white by the unmelted hailstones piled along their courses.'





I will be reviewing this book as part of The Classics Club.





15 comments:

  1. Oh you've made me all misty eyed! I have such fond memories of how my friend and I got to know this book while at school. We were the only ones to write an essay about it too. Yay! Brilliant pics here to illustrate these lovely quotations! Thank you! Take care
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    1. Glad you like. I really enjoyed this re-read and I'm looking forward to reading more of his work. Victorian sci-fi: great insight.

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  2. Beautiful post, Debbie. My MG manuscript contains a bit of time travel...and a section of the book takes place in England. I may have to tap into your knowledge if I need a question answered by an expert!

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    1. Thanks, Victoria. I'm no expert, but I'm happy to help.

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  3. I haven't read The Time Machine but your quotes make me want to.
    Great images to go with them too.

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    1. I've read this and War of the Worlds before. I now have two volumes of H.G. Wells to delve into and review.

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  4. I enjoyed your post. I've read The Time Machine several times and I really liked your visual interpretation.

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    1. This was a fun prompt, and the images were close to what I had imagined.

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  5. I love H G Wells, amazing science fiction by a man who knew his science well.

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    1. I'm doing some background reading for the review, and he certainly had some foresight.

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  7. Great excerpts. Lovely pics to go with them, too. x

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  8. Thank you for your comments. I must crack on and review the book.

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