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The Machine Stops (Paperback)
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The Machine Stops (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 15/02/2011
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'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
ISBN: 9780141195988

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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.
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18th May 2015
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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

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10th March 2011
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“Going Underground”

This Penguin Modern Classics version of 'The Machine Stops' also includes 'The Celestial Omnibus'.

'The Machine Stops' tells the story of an Earth where the everyday needs of human... More

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11th November 2012
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