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Mr Barnstaple was ever such a careful driver, careful to indicate before every manoeuvre and very much in favour of slowing down at the slightest hint of difficulty. So however could he have got the car into a skid on a bend on the Maidenhead road? When he recovered himself he was more than a little relieved to see the two cars that he had been following still merrily motoMr Barnstaple was ever such a careful driver, careful to indicate before every manoeuvre and very much in favour of slowing down at the slightest hint of difficulty. So however could he have got the car into a skid on a bend on the Maidenhead road? When he recovered himself he was more than a little relieved to see the two cars that he had been following still merrily motoring along in front of him. It seemed that all was well -- except that the scenery had changed, rather a lot. It was then that the awful truth dawned: Mr Barnstaple had been hurled into another world altogether. How would he ever survive in this supposed Utopia and, more importantly, how would he ever get back?...

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  • D.L. Morrese
    2019-04-13 03:12

    This novel, set in 1921 and published in 1923 is in a subgenre you don’t see much now -- utopian science fiction. Yes, I did say ‘utopian.’ You may be more familiar with this subgenre’s ugly brother, dystopian science fiction. The latter has more shock value so it gets more attention, but I prefer the older, wiser sibling.The essential difference between utopian and dystopian fiction that I see is their different perceptions of humanity. Although both begin with the premise that the human race has problems, utopian fiction posits that, in the course of time, mankind will solve them. Dystopian fiction, on the other hand, posits that humanity, if it is lucky, might survive.I don’t read fiction to be shocked. I can get that from the news. I read fiction to be entertained. Occasionally I come across novels that also present a new thought or uncommon perspective, and I consider these welcome bonuses. ‘Men Like Gods’ provides all of these.The protagonist, Mr. Barnstaple (no first name) is stressed and in desperate need of a holiday. The way he contrives to get away unaccompanied by wife of children, is humorous and charming, in an understated British way, as are his musings on the events of the time. He succeeds in escaping by himself in his little yellow car with no specific destination in mind but ends up much farther away than he could have imagined. A scientific experiment in an alternate dimension goes awry, and Barnstaple and a few others on the road that day find themselves in a strange land with clean air, tame animals, and beautiful people who enjoy unparalleled personal freedom. He’s obviously not in England anymore. The rest of the novel explores how he and his fellow Earthlings react to this strange utopia and how the Utopians react to them.Considering this book was written almost a century ago, and making certain allowances for that, one thing that struck me was how relevant it remains. There are passages about droughts, famines, and fighting going on around the world that sound almost as if they could be referring to today. This description of economic concerns especially caught my attention:‘... The great masses of population that had been blundered into existence, swayed by damaged and decaying traditions and amenable to the crudest suggestions, were the natural prey and support of every adventurer with a mind blatant enough and a conception of success coarse enough to appeal to them. The economic system, clumsily and convulsively reconstructed to meet the new conditions of mechanical production and distribution, became more and more a cruel and impudent exploitation of the multitudinous congestion of the common man by the predatory acquisitive few. That all too common common man was hustled through misery and subjection from his cradle to his grave; he was cajoled and lied to, he was bought, sold and dominated by an impudent minority, bolder and no doubt more energetic, but in all other respects no more intelligent than himself.’The economic system he speaks of is, essentially, the one we still have; one in which common people simply trying to survive can be economically used and abused by those with wealth, power, and low morals. Although, on the bright side, we do have laws and regulations in place now to mitigate the worst examples of such things.Then there was this about the media of the time:‘...newspapers had ceased to be impartial vehicles of news; they omitted, they mutilated, they misstated. They were no better than propaganda rags.’This claim especially seems appropriate to some of today’s media outlets.What you won’t see in this novel is a detailed description of how the civilization in this alternate universe got from something like early Twentieth Century Earth to a free and peaceful utopia, although the process is said to have taken three thousand years. The point is that people not unlike us were able to overcome things like superstition, prejudice, selfish ambition, and violence. They were able to work together to build a better society in which each individual is free to think, act, and explore the mysteries of the world as they wish.I won’t say the utopia presented here is exactly one that I would imagine or hope for, but it does seem attractive and maybe even possible. The ideas the novel presents are certainly worth thinking about, in any case, and the story is enjoyable in its own right. I highly recommend it.

  • Angie
    2019-04-02 01:30

    For some reason, this book is particularly difficult to locate. But it's definitely worth the effort. It's a marvelous treatment of the Utopian world. Now, I love Wells, and if you're on this page, I imagine you do also. Advice: Get the book! It will make you happier! All of your dreams will come true! Well, at least the first two will happen.

  • Yasser
    2019-03-31 07:18

    «إن اليوتوبيا لم تقض على نظام الأسرة، بل جعلت الأسرة هي العالم بأسره».مجموعة من الأرضيين على كوكب جديد، كوكب يوتوبي وصل سكانه إلى ذروة التقدم.. لا توجد حروب، لا توجد أمراض. كل شيء في مكانه الصحيح.. التعليم مثالي، الصحة مثالية، النظام الاقتصادي (الاشتراكي) مثالي. الوضع الاجتماعي مثالي.وبشكل تلقائي يضع الأرضيون مقارنات بين عالمهم الأرضي وعالم اليوتوبيا. ومن هنا يبدأ ويلز ما أراد أن يقوله حقًا.في خلال أحداث الرواية يضع ويلز نصائحه التي يرى أن العالم سيكون أكثر مثالية لو طُبقت، نصائح للتعليم، والاقتصاد مثلا. فهو يرى أن الملكية الفردية هي سبب كثير من المشاكل على الأرض ولابد أن تُلغى. وغير ذلك من آراء.ينتقد كذلك المسيحية بشكل جميل جدًا ستعرفه خلال الرواية، وحضر خلال الانتقاد العلاقة الأزلية بين العلم والدين. أو لنكون أدق، بين العلم وممثلي الدين.«ولو كان الله يريد لنا أن نحصل على هذه الأمصال والخمائر في أجسامنا، فقد كان بمقدوره أن يجعلها تتكون داخلنا طبيعيًا بدلا من حقننا بها».ويضع ويلز المبادئ الخمسة للحرية والتي بدونها يستحيل قيام أي حضارة، وهي باختصار:١- حفظ خصوصية الأفراد التي يأتمن عليها المؤسسات.٢- حرية الحركة والتنقل.٣- مبدأ المعرفة الشاملة غير المحدودة.٤- الكذب يعتبر الجريمة العظمى.٥- حرية المناقشة والنقد.استخدم ويلز كذلك بعض المصطلحات العلمية لخدمة أحداث الرواية، مثل الأبعاد الأربعة والنسبية العامة، والعوالم المتوازية.بل توقع شكلا من أشكال البريد الصوتي، أو البريد الإلكتروني.ونذكر بأن الرواية كُتبت في عام ١٩٢٣. بعد الحرب العالمية الأولى بأعوام قليلة، وربما كانت هذه الحرب دافعًا لكتابة الرواية، إذ ربما ظن ويلز أن العالم سيعي درس الحرب المدمرة، ويسير في اتجاه معاكس، فأدلى بنصائحه لذلك الاتجاه السلمي.ولم تكن أحداث تلك الرواية لتمر قبل أن تسأل نفسك: هل ممكن تحقيق مثل ذلك المجتمع؟ ولو تحقق ما مصير الروحية والدين فيه؟ وهل سيرتاح البشر في ذلك العالم فعلا؟ أم أن الشقاء والتنافس هما صفات تلازم الحياة البشرية؟«نعم أنا أعترف بأنه يبدو لكم أنكم تحققون نجاحًا في كل المجالات.. إنه مجد الخريف!.. ازدهار الغروب».وربما كان اهتمام ويلز الأكبر هو طرح هذه الأسئلة خلال أحداث الرواية إضافة لتقديم رؤيته للوصول للمدينة الفاضلة.

  • Ahmed Salem
    2019-04-01 09:16

    قليلة هي الكتب التي تثير في نفسك التساؤلاتالرواية من حيث التفاصيل و الشخصيات بسيطة للغاية و ليس فيها شيء مميزلكن كما أسلفت، ان روعتها هي في التساؤلات و التفكير الذي سوف يستغرقك في تخيل شكل مستقبل الانسانيةهل من حق الانسان القضاء على سلالات الذباب لمجرد انه ليس له اي فائدة تذكر (اللهم الا نقل الميكروبات و الأمراض) ؟ التطور العلمي يجب أن يكون مشتمل على فلسفة و أخلاقياتويلز سبق عصره في التلميح الى نظام اجتماعي جديد غير تحكم العملة و النقود. نظام يبشر بعدالة مطلقة من حيث توزيع الموارد بالتساوي على الناس... هو أقرب الى الاشتراكية، المطعمة بالكثير من مميزات الحرية الفردية و الفكرية. الانسانية لن تكون مضطرة لخوض الصراعات التقليدية من أجل مراكمة الموارد بصورة شخصية. فقط سيتنافسون في الابتكار و فعل ما يحبونه لان التكنولوجيا سوف تساعدهم في انجاز الكثير من الأعمال التقليدية المملةنصيحة: حاول تنزيل مجموعة افلام ZEITGEISTو خصوصا الجزء الثالث ZEITGEIST: MOVING FORWARDو الذي يتضمن تصور واضح عن المدينة الفاضلة التي تخيلها ويلز و كتبها من قرابة قرن تقريبا

  • John
    2019-04-20 03:34

    This 1923 H.G. Wells novel is as much a tract in defense of socialist ideals as it is a work of science fiction. This is not his only work in which socialism is posited as a path to utopia, but if Wells seems overly zealous, unabashed, and, from our perspective, naive, we should probably cut him some slack. Even ignoring Wells' humanistic motives, when this novel was written, the cautionary example of the Soviets was still inconclusive; the "good guys" had won The War; and the ascendency of a Hitler, while vaguely feared as an outside possibility, was blithely dismissed.To be fair, Wells does not seem to lay out a manifesto so much as a set of ideals. He uses the device of parallel universes to transport a group of people from Earth, circa 1923, to a similar, but not identical, planet in a parallel universe, which they refer to as Utopia. Wells is very careful to stress that the Utopians have taken thousands of years of concerted effort to shed their self-destructive social and cultural institutions; thus, the Utopians are meant to provide a glimpse into our own social evolution some several thousand years in the future. The Utopians' progression from Earth-like chaos to their present state is depicted as inevitable, which may serve to anticipate a certain amount of criticism. What saves this novel, however, is not its dated philosophy, but Wells' remarkable ability to craft compelling, multi-dimensional protagonists and ingenious plot twists. Never less than entertaining, if very much of its place and time.

  • Khitab Khan
    2019-04-03 02:11

    It has been a while since I have read something this enlightening. The book should be required reading for everyone on this planet. I can understand how someone can be put off my the socialist rhetoric of the book but one must delve deeper into the mans thought process. Socialist movement did not work because there are finite resources. Once the conundrum of abundant clean renewable energy is resolved, resources will not be a problem and hence competition for the sake of resource hording/gathering will be irrelevant. Capitalism age will die off just like the stone or bronze age. It is only inevitable.Now back to men like gods. The book reads like a prophecy for the future. HG Wells take on religion, politics, and just the general fabric of society is so spot on, it is as if the man saw through a window into the future. It is shocking to know this book was written in 1922.There are so may parts of the book i underlined to go back and contemplate over again. Pick this book up not only because it is a wonderful read but also because it will open your mind to new possibilities. How one day we will be free from bondage of labor to sustain ourselves, free from religious dogmas who's very foundation is shame and guilt for doing what is only natural, free from societies pressure to conform so the machine of capitalism can run smoothly.One day we will be men like gods

  • بسام عبد العزيز
    2019-04-05 06:31

    هذه ليست في شهرة أول رجال علي سطح القمر و حرب العوالم .. و لكن عند قرائتها تكتشف انها واحد من أفضل ما كتب ويلز إن لم يكن من أفضل الروايات في تاريخ الأدب ككل..مجموعة من البشر بسبب حادثة ما نجدهم ينتقلون إلي عالم آخر.. عالم يوتوبي فيه البشر قد وصلوا لقمة التقدم.. حيث لا مرض ولا فقر و لا حرب.. ببساطة هي رؤية ويلز لما يجب أن يكون عليه العالمالرواية لا تعتمد علي الإسلوب السردي و الحبكة الدرامية للروايات التقليدية.. و لكنها تعتمد أكثر علي المونولوج الدائر في عقل بطل الرواية الأرضي الذي ينبهر بهذا العالم.. أو تعتمد علي الديالوج بين هذا البطل و أحد أعضاء عالم اليوتوبيا حيث نجد مقارنة بين ما عليه الأرض و ما يجب أن تكون عليه.. فهي في مجملها سرد لأفكار الكاتب عن العالم المثالي أكثر منها سرد لأحداث قصصيةنجد في الرواية ميل واضح من الكاتب للاشتراكية.. فالمجتمع اليوتوبي مجتمع اشتراكي من جهة أنه لا ملكية فيه.. ولكنه كذلك مجتمع أناركي حيث لا حكومة ولا سلطة.. في هذا المجتمع فقد الانسان كل احتياج لسلطة أو لحكومة أو قانون.. فهو علي حد تعبير أحد ابطاله مجتمع يؤمن أن تعليمه هو حكومته.. فالانسان يتعلم كيف يكون عضوا صالحا و ينمو عنده ضمير و حس إنساني يجعله هو الحارس و القاضي علي نفسه و أفعاله بلا حاجة إلى قوى خارجية وهي نظرة تؤمن بالانسان رغم عدم وجود أي دليل مادي أن الانسان قد يتحول إلى هذا في يوم مارواية تستحق القراءة

  • Ahmed Salem
    2019-04-13 02:33

    قليلة هي الكتب التي تثير في نفسك التساؤلاتالرواية من حيث التفاصيل و الشخصيات بسيطة للغاية و ليس فيها شيء مميزلكن كما أسلفت، ان روعتها هي في التساؤلات و التفكير الذي سوف يستغرقك في تخيل شكل مستقبل الانسانيةهل من حق الانسان القضاء على سلالات الذباب لمجرد انه ليس له اي فائدة تذكر (اللهم الا نقل الميكروبات و الأمراض) ؟ التطور العلمي يجب أن يكون مشتمل على فلسفة و أخلاقياتويلز سبق عصره في التلميح الى نظام اجتماعي جديد غير تحكم العملة و النقود. نظام يبشر بعدالة مطلقة من حيث توزيع الموارد بالتساوي على الناس... هو أقرب الى الاشتراكية، المطعمة بالكثير من مميزات الحرية الفردية و الفكرية. الانسانية لن تكون مضطرة لخوض الصراعات التقليدية من أجل مراكمة الموارد بصورة شخصية. فقط سيتنافسون في الابتكار و فعل ما يحبونه لان التكنولوجيا سوف تساعدهم في انجاز الكثير من الأعمال التقليدية المملةنصيحة: حاول تنزيل مجموعة افلامZEITGEISTو خصوصا الجزء الثالثZEITGEIST: MOVING FORWARDو الذي يتضمن تصور واضح عن المدينة الفاضلة التي تخيلها ويلز و كتبها من قرابة قرن تقريبا

  • Betawolf
    2019-03-30 02:24

    In a sense, _Men Like Gods_ can be viewed almost as a sequel to _In the Days of the Comet_. While the narrative isn't a continuation, Wells returns to the themes laid out in the earlier novel, using the device of modern men being flung across dimensions to a more advanced utopian world as a way to reveal and rebut various challenges to the vision of society he aims for. While he still failed to convince me, this time he certainly managed to hold my interest.In this new presentation, Wells shuns the 'sudden awakening' of his earlier novel. The Utopian world was achieved by a long, slow evolution of humanity which members of the dimension-hopping party recognise as ongoing in their own time. This more realistic approach helps to make the society more palatable, and generally we see a richer presentation of Wells' vision, with complexities of organisation and origination that hadn't been addressed previously being described.Each of the dimension-hoppers brought to Utopia (bar perhaps the central figure, a world-weary editor) raises a challenge to the society - doing so either explicitly in an address to the Utopian population, or implicitly by their actions - which is then rebuffed by the narrative or the addressed Utopians. They also play the role of an explanation of modern approaches to utopia-building, be that the understanding yet disinterested approach of Mr. Burleigh, a great statesman and politician; the blind religious objection to a perceived decay in morality personified by the vicar of the party or the dual explicit and implicit challenge from the 'natural competition' angle of Mr. Catskill, which is by far the most successful. This theme is wrapped up by the return of the pro-Utopian central character to his own time, inspired to do his best to build such a Utopia on Earth.This political deliberation is suitably well-dressed, however, and the novel does not really decay into a Symposium-style debate for long. The descriptions of the scientific achievements of this dimension are rich, and the turn to armed conflict between the Earthlings and the Utopians provides a dose of action and suspense.I don't agree that the Utopia is attainable or necessarily desirable, but the counter-arguments set up by Wells in the novel are thought-provoking and merit consideration. The development of the Utopian theme here can perhaps be seen as a mirror to the post-civilisation of _The Time Machine_, though whether you consider that a further extension of Utopia or an alternate path-that-might-be is largely down to how you respond to the position put forward by the Utopians. Due to the combination of advanced argument, stronger plot and richer description, I found this novel much more interesting than _In the Days of the Comet_, and I'd advise people interested in this type of work by Wells to read this rather than the previous.

  • Alfred Baudisch
    2019-04-08 07:26

    I have read, watched and played (video games) dozens of Dystopian fictions. As far as I remember, this was my first Utopian fiction and I can say I am amazed and wishing more, for the world that I want to live is now Utopia.PS: the Kindle version that I read is in a very archaic English, which made the reading and story even more delightful.A glimpse of how Utopia was achieved:"Every Utopian child is taught to the full measure of its possibilities and directed to the work that is indicated by its desires and capacity.It grows up under perfectly healthy conditions; its natural impulses to play and learn are gratified by the subtlest educational methods; hands, eyes and limbs are given every opportunity of training and growth; it learns to draw, write, express itself, use a great variety of symbols to assist and extend its thought. Kindness and civility become ingrained habits, for all about it are kind and civil. And in particular the growth of its imagination is watched and encouraged. It learns the wonderful history of its world and its race, how man has struggled and still struggles out of his earlier animal narrowness and egotism towards an empire over being that is still but faintly apprehended through dense veils of ignorance. All its desires are made fine; it learns from poetry, from example and the love of those about it to lose its solicitude for itself in love; its sexual passions are turned against its selfishness, its curiosity flowers into scientific passion, its combativeness is set to fight disorder, its inherent pride and ambition are directed towards an honourable share in the common achievement. It goes to the work that attracts it and chooses what it will do.Utopia has no parliament, no politics, no private wealth, no business competition, no police nor prisons, no lunatics, no defectives nor cripples, and it has none of these things because it has schools and teachers who are all that schools and teachers can be. Politics, trade and competition are the methods of adjustment of a crude society. Such methods of adjustment have been laid aside in Utopia for more than a thousand years. There is no rule nor government needed by adult Utopians because all the rule and government they need they have had in childhood and youth. Said Lion: “Our education is our government.The melancholic type has taken its dismissal and gone; spiteful and malignant characters are disappearing. The vast majority of Utopians are active, sanguine, inventive, receptive and good-tempered."

  • Sohail
    2019-03-28 09:24

    Excellent ideas that are far ahead of the time of writing the book, but the style of writing is lacking. Now I understand what Henry James meant when he said that he would have liked to rewrite some of Wells's novels.By proclaiming the ideas to be excellent, I do not mean that I agree with all of them. They are novel ideas, but I find some of them quite difficult to accept, and some others very repulsing (the author's attitude towards the natural environment was revolting, for example).

  • Nadezhda Vadko
    2019-03-29 08:05

    For those who likes or want to read about Utopia, it is a very good choice. I like to read fiction but this book I was reading not because of fiction ideas. I would love to have it in school and be able to discuss it back that days. Can definitely recommend - this Utopia story.

  • Awehla
    2019-03-31 09:22

    This was interesting but ended rather abruptly.

  • Kyle
    2019-04-17 05:13

    Not a bad book, per se, I just have a hard time with Wells. The story is brilliant, but his writing style makes it hard to stay involved in.

  • Konrad Urbański
    2019-04-06 04:24

    Prawie sto lat temu Herbert Wells postanowił zabrać czytelników do „nowego wspaniałego świata” – do Utopii, czyli Ziemi A.D. 4921 (data raczej fantastyczna, można podstawić dowolną kombinację cyfr). Oto pan Barnstaple, prosty dziennikarz, podczas wakacyjnej podróży samochodem trafia, wraz z grupką kilku przypadkowych Ziemian, do alternatywnej rzeczywistości, w gruncie rzeczy niewiele oddalonej od naszego świata.Nie ma komarów, pokrzyw, chorób, wojen, parlamentów, granic, wszyscy „obywatele” (bo i to pojęcie uległo w Utopii przeobrażeniu) są młodzi, piękni, równi, uzdolnieni i wyzwoleni seksualnie. Tylko niektórzy Utopianie mają „romantyczne myśli”, ale to raczej nieszkodliwe jednostki. Nic nie parzy, nie rani, Utopianie żyją wyłącznie dla sztuki i nauki. Nasuwa się Imagine Johna Lennona. Nasuwa się Huxley („pozorna utopia”) i inni utopiści. A przecież Wells nic nowego nie wymyślił – jedynie wyraził najskrytsze marzenia późnego wieku XIX/wczesnego XX. Marzenia o powszechnym pokoju, czystości (również rasowej), życiu ponad jakimikolwiek podziałami i ograniczeniami, świecie bez ułomnych, nieproduktywnych, leniwych, brudnych, niezbyt dobrze dostosowanych do rzeczywistości. „Sny o potędze”, które z nieprawdopodobną łatwością zaczęli wcielać w życie Hitler, Lenin, Stalin… Lista byłaby długa.Wells w żadnym punkcie książki nie przedstawia pełnej historii Utopian – czytelnik zna ją wybiórczo. Fakt, oddanie całego biegu dziejów jest zadaniem dosyć trudnym, a Ludzie jak bogowie to powieść szczupła, nie rozbudowany esej, zatem musiał Wells na karty książki wepchnąć chociaż trochę akcji. Brakuje zatem dokładnego opisu długiego przejścia od „stanu Ziemi” do „stanu Utopii”. Prosty przykład. Z kilku miliardów Utopian pozostało zaledwie 250 milionów. Gdzie reszta? Wyparowali, odeszli w wyniku chorób, starości, „zagubili się”? Przecież wymienione przed chwilą czynniki zostały błyskawicznie wyeliminowane… Gdzie starcy (a idąc dalej – ułomni i „nieproduktywni”)? Czyżby maszyna eugeniczna działała na najwyższych obrotach?Drogą nienaturalnej eliminacji wytrzebiono również szkodniki, pasożyty i całe mnóstwo drobnicy, niezbędnej dla egzystencji chociażby ptaków. Gatunek zawsze pociąga za sobą gatunek, regulowanie natury najczęściej daje opłakane skutki (vide fantazje Sowietów) – aż dziw, że Utopia jeszcze stoi na nogach, może to już „świat zachodzącego słońca”. Współczesnego czytelnika dziwi wręcz głupota Barnstaple’a, zapatrzonego w Utopię jak w cudowny obraz. Więcej, posuwa się on nawet do uznania przybyłych z nim Ziemian (a mieszanka to iście wybuchowa – ówczesna porno-gwiazdka, ksiądz, człowiek o dyktatorskiej duszy, oszust) za szkodliwe bakterie, które przemocą wdarły się w zdrowy organizm Utopii. Gdzie Wells z Wehikułu czasu (skarlała ludzkość, służąca za pokarm dla Morloków), Wojny światów (rażąca własną śmiesznością ludzkość przeciw potędze Marsjan), Wells – trzeźwy realista? Pryncypialna krytyka Ziemi i uwielbienie Utopii są zwykłą krótkowzrocznością. Łatwo ulec złudzeniom, czytając taki chociażby opis: Wyrastającej między kamieniami trawy nie skubały strzeżone przez dzieci chude kozy i owce, spętane bydło nie wyjadało wyznaczonych sobie kawałków pastwisk. Przy drogach nie spotykało się nędznych chat i lepianek, i ołtarzyków z podobiznami zakrwawionych, storturowanych postaci, a na drogach okropnych kundli lub jucznych zwierząt, pocących się i dyszących pod zbyt wielkimi ciężarami przy wejściu pod górę. Drogi same nie przypominały również ziemskich traktów, wyboistych, kamienistych i posypanych zwierzęcym nawozem. Były to szerokie, gładkie, niezniszczalne szosy, wznoszące się i opadające, stosownie do łagodnego falowania terenu (…)Jakby na Ziemi wszyscy, przepraszam za określenie, srali i wystawiali ołtarze… A Barnstaple’a nikt „tam” nigdy nie zaakceptuje, na zawsze pozostałby niechcianym podrzutkiem.Czy Wells zatem napisał książkę słabą, nieudaną? Nie do końca. Wyraził czysto ludzkie marzenie o przebóstwieniu, wejściu na najwyższy stopień cywilizacji, zapominając przy tym o zdrowym rozsądku. Przedstawił wizję i wykreślił możliwe konsekwencje działań Utopian. Kiepsko przewidział odległą przyszłość (bliską, eutanazyjną i technologiczną, ale prymitywnie technologiczną – mam tu na myśli telefon czy rozbudowaną awiację, o wiele lepiej) – na chwilę podryfował w krainę zupełnej fantazji. Barnstaple’owi po Utopii pozostał jedynie płatek tamtejszej róży, który szybko usechł, skurczył się i stracił niepowtarzalne piękno. Może tym prostym symbolem Wells zaliczył swoją Utopię do rzędu tych nieziszczalnych? Miejmy nadzieję.

  • Rupert Owen
    2019-03-27 03:17

    A fine novel presenting a mirrored view of humanity through the reflection of an ideal world. In this book Wells pits his earthly characters as infectious agents in an advanced civilisation that has itself progressed beyond what they refer to as 'The Age of Confusion", this age of confusion is a reference to earthly politics, social moors, sex, religion, education, industrialisation, and capitalism, to name a few of the more discussed references in the novel. In my opinion this world presented by Wells is not a socialistic or communistic simulacrum, as these concepts are also critiqued towards the end of the story. I think the underlying theme is colonisation - not unlike what tribal communities experienced with missionaries attempting to civilise them through religion. Wells writes, 'Man was no longer crippled and compelled; it was recognised that he was fundamentally an animal and that his daily life must follow the round of appetites satisfied and instincts released. The daily texture of Utopian life was woven of various and interesting foods and drinks, of free entertaining exercise and work, of sweet sleep and of the interest and happiness of fearless and spiteless lovemaking.' Mr. Barnstaple whose spontaneous need to 'get away from it all' becomes a literal adventure into his own idealistic world. The story is a blend of action, adventure, social and political commentary, with a science fiction plot. All in all it's a tidy tale, with some astute observations on the crudeness of humanity. There are some fine witty moments with Mr. Barnstaple's interactions with his fellow human travellers, (as more then one earthling enters Utopia), especially to do with a very irritating priest.

  • fathi esam
    2019-04-23 01:30

    بشر كالارباب للكاتب الانجليزى ه.ج.ويلز. ..إذا كنت من محبى الفلسفة ولكن تعتقد أنها معقدة أكثر من قدراتك كقارئ فأنا ارشح لك هذة الرواية كمجرد تعريف عن مبادئ يوتوبيا أفلاطون ولكن هل يكفي خيال ه. ج. ويلز صاحب الخيال الواسع وكاتب رواية آلة الزمن و حرب العوالم أن يجمع فى عمل واحد بين الخيال والفلسفة. ...للمرة الثانية فى الأعمال الأدبية الفلسفية بعد رائعة سارماجو (الكهف ) نحن أمام تجربة مشابهة هنا ولكن بخيال أعلى. ..بارنستابل رجل انجليزى تقليدى يقرر أن يأخذ إجازة من حياته المملة التقليدية فيقرر أن يبتعد ليتعرض بحادث أثناء قيادته للسيارة ليستيقظ وبجد نفسه فى عالم آخر. ..عالم متطور من كائنات أشبه بالبشر ولكن أسمى أشبه بساكنى المدينة الفاضلة التى تكلم عليها أفلاطون. ..ولكن بارنستابل لن يكن وحده من وجد نفسه فى هذا العالم فلقد سبقته مجموعتان من البشر وتبدأ المغامرة فى ذلك العالم السحرى بحوارات مبسطة بين الشخصيات لشرح فلسفة أفلاطون وتحتدم الأحداث عندما يحاول البشريين السيطرة على ذلك العالم ولكن بارنستابل يعارضهم وتستمر الأحداث حتى النهاية حتى العودة مرة أخرى من تلك الرحلة التى غيرت بارنستابل إلى الأبد. ..من أبرز نقاط ضعف الرواية. ..السرد مكانش بمستوى فكرة الرواية وخيال ويلز الرائع ربما يكون السبب فى الترجمة للرواية أو أن الرواية الأصلية كانت تعانى من نفس المشكلة ولكن فى النهاية انه عمل مبسط بفكرة جيدة عن الفلسفة التقييم النهائي 3 نجوم من 5

  • Scott
    2019-04-22 01:19

    Interesting book. Towards the end of his career, Wells write this book, in which he outlined his vision of Utopia. You follow an Englishman as he and 8 other Europeans are accidentally sucked into an alternate dimension in which the inhabitants are humans who are roughly 3,000 years ahead of our times. Wells uses the protagonist, Barnstaple, to project his dream of a future in which people have moved beyond what he considered the senseless preoccupations of our day: economic and military competion, religious dogma, and fear-mongering, to name a few. While a lot of the details are very sketchy and vague, Wells' vision is more about what isn't there than what is, and for a book written in 1922, showed a certain amount of daring. By clearly condemning many of the archaic and entrenched institutions of our world, Wells may have been revealing a certain amount of naivete, but it's still a valid and fascinating world to dwell in for 325 pages.

  • حاتم عاشور
    2019-04-19 01:27

    دائماً ما يحلم الناس بالكمال والحياة الطوباية الخالية من الشوائب .. بمقارنة على شكل رواية بين العالم البشري والعالم اليوتوبي ينتقل بها مجموعة من البشر عن طريق الصدفة إلى عالم موازي من اليوتوبيا.يحاول الكاتب أن يطرح جمال اليوتوبيا بخلوها من الغرائز البشرية التي تخرجه عنه طوره والتي تجعله في صراع مستمر وركض نحو لقمة الحياة وحاجاته. في ذلك العالم الذي يبدو متقدماً جداً لخلوه من الأمراض والاتجاه نحو تحسين النسل وعيش الأفضل .. يبدو ضعيفاً جداً نحو المقاومة والسعي نحو العيش والحياة. في لمسة وإشارة إلى "حيوانية" البشر في أساساهم ودفقها في العالم اليوتوبي وكيف ينظر كل منهم للآخر.يظهر ميل للكاتب نحو العالم اليوتوبي في كثير من الأحيان .. ويبقى الحكم للقارئ.أفكار الرواية جميلة وجيدة ولكن للأسف عابتها اللغة والسرد .. لا أدري خانتها الترجمة هي بأصلها كذلك.

  • Lauren
    2019-04-19 08:21

    I was iffy about this at the beginning but I ended up really appreciating the story of a man thrust into a Utopian future. Ultimately, I think it was about the despair Wells felt at the end of WWI when whatever hopes he had for the future were disappointed. And yet, it is filled with his optimism and determination that education and science could create a perfect society. Goofy and profound, in its way.

  • Dave Turner
    2019-04-10 05:12

    I'm always a sucker for a utopian book, and I felt this one was a pretty good one but didn't really stand out from the crowd.On the plus point the writing was very often humourus, the main character (Mr. Barnstaple) was incredibly likeable and the utopia was illustrated with such colour and detail, I felt too much focus on the politics of the 1920's (time it was wrote) kept me tuning out of a other wise wonderful storyline.

  • Steve TK
    2019-04-20 05:30

    As early SF, it may be Wells's best contribution. Like many Utopias, though, it rather turns on whether you accept the socialist proposal that social ills can be cured by the judicious application of the findings of psychiatry, that a refusal to conform is a pathology to be cured. At one point, one of the Utopians explains that the mind doctor takes the place of the policeman. "I should prefer the policeman," responds one of the characters.And so should I.

  • Rob Hemsley
    2019-04-17 01:10

    Great book, unravelling the joys of a successfully socialist world. Combining an engaging plot with thought provoking questions about a Marxist utopia. Interesting to read after reading Brave New World. Indeed, Huxley's response is the more realist perspective on Wells' vision of utopian happiness. First H. G. Wells book read, and will sure read many more.

  • Roman Alifanov
    2019-03-25 08:24

    Men Like Gods is a great piece of literature, it reflects the brutal reality of human nature, and leaves hope for a brighter future of mankind, the story is told through an exciting science-fiction tale that will leave you astonished.I really enjoyed the book and could relate myself to the protagonist, much recommended!

  • Lucie P
    2019-03-26 09:26

    A very utopic Utopia. This book is not particularly fast paced or action packed, but the descriptions of the state of society in Utopia and their contrast to the way things are on Earth were intriguing. Funny how over 80 years from the time the book was written, Earth is no closer to Utopia than it was in 1923...

  • Sherri
    2019-04-16 09:30

    Wells was a true visionary. "The transmission is wireless" ! 1922? Yes, Mr. Wells, the transmission IS wireless! This novel resonates in so many ways today. Though Wells' idea of Utopia continues to be light-years away....perhaps happening elsewhere in another dimension of the Universe?

  • Waller
    2019-03-25 09:27

    Frankly, I chose this book for my utopia/dystopia course because it is the shortest of Wells's many utopias. It taught well but wasn't a big winner with the students - in part perhaps utopia burnout, in part b/c Wells is not big on character development.

  • Sahar
    2019-03-28 07:34

    لم تعجبني على الإطلاق

  • Mark
    2019-04-15 09:12

    Not bad, but not the best of his either. One of those novels that reads like an author creating a plot to get his ideas of a certain opinion of his/hers across to the reader.

  • Aija
    2019-04-16 08:20

    Oh, gosh, Utopia indeed.