Brand : Niall Ferguson

The War of the World: Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West



Oded |

Wonderfully written. read as a fast pace mystery novel ...

Wonderfully written. read as a fast pace mystery novel with a touch of victorian scenery. it also raises moral questions.

G.a. emil |

What large arms you have!

Edward gorey's line drawings always feel like they're a hundred years old, and h.g. wells the war of the worlds first appeared 108 years ago. both stir the same nostalgic senses. new york review books classics celebrates their union in a 2005 release of 'edward gorey's' the war of the worlds, first published in 1960. gorey's 29 text illustrations, unremarkable on first glance - that is compared to the doubtful guest (1957) or the object lesson (1958), or even to warwick goble's illustrations in the serialized first appearance in pearson's magazine in 1897 - do end up working very well when digested together. and together, the vivid first-person narrative and drawings creep out the shadows into the imagination. gorey's gloomy, somber silhouettes serve as backdrops for the swirling confusion the narrator encounters in every chapter. the catastrophe unfolds through the eyes of this faceless man, the weight of his horror carried to the end, and the drawings carry the same weight. only the martians and their gangly machines are illuminated, and the cover illustration presents them in all their menacing glory. the wraparound illustrations on the boards alone is worth its' having, though a dust jacket would've made it extra special. when looking glass library (gorey was art director and a co-founder) published war of the worlds in 1960, many probably recalled an event just eleven years earlier. riots in quito, ecuador resulted in 20 deaths, in response to a radio broadcast of a localized version of the war of the worlds in 1949. and eleven years before that, there was new jersey, halloween night, and orson welles on the air waves. the war of the worlds moves mysteriously between two worlds. not between mars and earth. between fiction and non-fiction. impelling entertainment or mass hysteria. it's all in how it's delivered. the war of the worlds can be vitriolic stuff.

J.g. brown |

A true classic story, wonderfully written.

Fantastic story. wonderfully written. i originally read it maybe 40 years ago. i just read it again and enjoyed it at least as much this time.