Book Review: The War of the Worlds

by Amit


I just finished reading a work of Scientific RomanceThe War of the Worlds, H.G.Wells. In approx 200 pages, this book is a enriching read, taking you to a time when Earth is under attack from Mars, the utter destruction that ensues, the protagonist’s (also the narrator’s) journey across the cities, witnessing death, demoralisation and finally, the martians’ termination by Earth’s bacteria.

There are symbolic meanings attached to the events that take place. For eg: (in Book One, Chapter One- http://publicliterature.org/books/war_of_the_worlds/xaa.php)

Yet so vain is man, and so blinded by his vanity, that no writer,
up to the very end of the nineteenth century, expressed any idea that
intelligent life might have developed there far, or indeed at all,
beyond its earthly level.

and many such are vivid throughout the book. The wikipedia page has got great matter on the book. A definite checkout for the Science fiction loving reader!

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