My book of choice this week for my Friday post is The Invisible Man by HG Wells. I’ve chosen this because today is the 146th anniversary of his birth. The following synopsis is from the back cover of the edition I own (pictured left):
It began with a quiet country inn–and a mysterious stranger, his features masked by gloves, dark glasses, and bandages that completely covered his head. Then came weird noises, the disembodied ravings, the phantom robberies, the haunted furniture…
The violence…The rampages…The killing.
An obscure scientist named Griffin had found a way to turn skin, flesh, blood and bones invisible–and tried the formula on himself. He could go anywhere; spy; steal; menace anyone. The Invisible Man had only two problems.
He couldn’t turn visible again.
And he had gone quite murderously insane.
Now for this week’s excerpts:
Book Beginnings is hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader, who invites anyone to join in, saying: ‘Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author. Leave a link to your post. If you don’t have a blog, but want to participate, please leave a comment with your Book Beginning.’
The beginning of The Invisible Man:
The stranger came early in February, one wintry day, through a biting wind and a driving snow, the last snowfall of the year, over the down, walking as it seemed from Bramblehurst railway station, and carrying a little black portmanteau in his thickly gloved hand. He was wrapped up from head to foot, and the brim of his soft felt hat hid every inch of his face but the shiny tip of his nose; the snow had piled itself against his shoulders and chest, and added a white crest to the burden he carried.
I really like the descriptiveness of this opening.
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
It’s that simple.
From page 56 of The Invisible Man:
He had hardly gone ten strides before his shin was caught in some mysterious fashion, and he was no longer running, but flying with inconceivable rapidity through the air. He saw the ground suddenly close to his face. The world seemed to splash into a million whirling specks of light, and subsequent proceedings interested him no more.
I wonder what, or who, caused this to happen!
That’s it for this week. I should really try and reread this classic again some time soon.