The Machine Stops - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)E.M. Forster (author)
'"You talk as if a god had made the Machine," cried the other. "I believe that you pray to it when you are unhappy. Men made it, do not forget that."'
E.M. Forster is best known for his exquisite novels, but these two affecting short stories brilliantly combine the fantastical with the allegorical. In 'The Machine Stops', humanity has isolated itself beneath the ground, enmeshed in automated comforts, and in 'The Celestial Omnibus' a young boy takes a trip his parents believe impossible.
This book contains The Machine Stops and A Celestial Omnibus.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 96
Weight: 63 g
Dimensions: 161 x 111 x 7 mm
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“I quite liked this book”
I was asked to review this book by Waterstones. Having read other books i.e. Room with A View I thought that I knew what to expect from this author.
I liked both the stories that were portrayed in this book - The... More
Two very intriguing and well written short stories.
The Machine Stops is creepy, claustrophobic and ultimately incredibly sad. A tale of a future that initially seems more high tech but eventually crumbles.
“We continue to reinvent the Machine”
Like so many books required to be read at school, it is only with hindsight enhanced by worldly experience that the reader is able to appreciate the insight of this powerful and salient short story.
Although the... More
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