Picked this up in Tottenham Court Road, one of the best places in London to find weird and wonderful books you never knew existed..
Whilst I am an avid consumer of most sorts of media, video games is one format that has for years left me, for the most part, underwhelmed and disinterested. I love books, I love films, I love art, all for their creativity and the pleasure I get from experiencing this …
Found this in a second hand book shop in Highgate, London. It’s not in the best condition, but in a way that just goes to show that it has been read and travelled about and not sat on a collectors shelf for one-hundred and seven years!
Kipps, although not being one of Wells’ greatest or most famous novels is still very important in the sense that Wells’ put so much of himself into it. The protagonist starts out as a draper’s apprentice, having been raised in ignorant poverty, much as Wells himself did, but he unexpectedly acquires considerable wealth from an unknown relative (he is an orphan) and finds he has to ‘learn’ how to get on in high society. It is part of a range of titles where Wells observes and satirises his own society, rather then looking ahead to the future or to to other worlds, for which he is most famous.
I know a book shouldn’t be judged by it’s cover, but these new hardback editions of H.G. Wells’ novels are just beautiful!
I have these two so far (to replace my shabby 2nd hand paperbacks) but may have to invest in volume 2, to complete the set and maybe the Short Story collections as I’ve not ever read those before and maybe just another… you see my problem!
More new books!
I’m also currently reading Pinter’s collected plays.
A couple more course books arrived today! I read a few of the Oates short stories this evening though and wasn’t tremendously impressed. I mean sure, the topics were probably quite new and possibly radical early on in her career, but I’m not so sure about now. The prose itself …
The first instalment of my book order for next semester (Late Twentieth Century Literature) arrived today, can’t wait to get started on them!