Monday, September 15, 2014

OT14: Kipps

Browsing through the Monkey’s Paw I found an amazing edition of a somewhat understated book:

Well well wells...

Everyone loves slipcases.

Kipps is an understated book in the sense that it is a fantastic social drama that was greatly over shadowed by the reputation of its author – H. G. Wells. Yep, the sci-fi writer that shook up the genre with War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, and the like.

Illustration of H. G. Wells, not Kipps.

One of the fathers of science fiction.

Being at the forefront of science fiction and releasing a dramatic critique on society went as well as could be imagined. However, over the years more and more people have warmed up to it.

3 books in one.

This particular edition is from the 50’s and published by Collins is a very nice leatherbound slipcase. The 380 pages contain the three parts of the story that follows the eponymous Artie Kipps as he rises up through society and I would say it’s a fairly biting portrayal of the social classes at the time.

Intro by Edward Shanks.

While it’s a huge departure from what Wells is mainly known for, it’s a good read and highly recommended if you ever come across it.

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