At some point in everyone’s life, they’ve dreamed of what it would be like to be invisible. It’s one of those things we include in questions like, “What superpower would you like to have?”
H. G. Wells’ The Invisible Man explores the darker side of what it would feel like to be invisible. He didn’t get too involved in explaining the scientific aspects of how Griffin became invisible. It’s explained in a few lines, and not really central to the story. Invisibility is instead brought to life by Wells’ visual details. Visualizing smoke filling Griffin’s lungs makes the concept seem more realistic to me.
It is the story of a man who is obsessed with the fame he dreams he’ll receive from his scientific discoveries. He experiments on himself, discovering that he can make himself invisible. While I find the concept interesting, I thought that the point of view of the story was wrong. Although I didn’t particularly like Griffin, the main character, I might have enjoyed reading the story from his perspective. I also might have sympathized with him.
Overall, I really enjoy H. G. Wells’ storytelling, and I can’t wait to read some of his other books, but this may turn out to be my least favorite. At least I have some of his other stories to look forward to.