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by H. G. Wells

eBook Kipps (Twentieth Century Classics) download ISBN: 019281477X
Author: H. G. Wells
Publisher: Oxford University Press (April 17, 1986)
Language: English
Pages: 336
ePub: 1655 kb
Fb2: 1798 kb
Rating: 4.1
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Category: Literature
Subcategory: Contemporary

Often called the father of science fiction, British author Herbert George (H. Wells literary works are notable for being some of the first titles of the science fiction genre, and include such famed titles as The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The Island of Doctor Moreau, and The Invisible Man.

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Technological advances during the 20th century allowed cheaper production of books, resulting in a significant rise in production of popular literature and trivial literature, comparable to the similar developments in music. Songs of Life and Hope by Rubén Darío (Nicaragua). The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair (USA).

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Herbert George Wells (21 September 1866 – 13 August 1946) was an English writer. He is now best remembered for his science fiction novels and is often called the "father of science fiction", along with Jules Verne and the publisher Hugo Gernsback.

Kipps (Penguin Classics) has been added to your Cart. Wells was a professional writer and journalist, who published more than a hundred books, including novels, histories, essays and programmes for world regeneration.

A really interesting examination of class and culture in the late 19th century, with great characterisation and moments of humour and poignancy.

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But the twentieth-century novels are influenced by the changes in beliefs and political ideas after the events of the First World War and the disappearance of the . Kipps and The History of Mr Polly both deal with men working in shops. They think that money and running away change their lives.

But the twentieth-century novels are influenced by the changes in beliefs and political ideas after the events of the First World War and the disappearance of the British Empire. This change can be noticed if we look at the works of the two writers who are not so far from other in terms of time. But they do not bring them what they hoped for. At the end of the novels they know better what they need to be happy. Wells also used modern scientific advances in his novels in a new way.

In classic Jules Verne adventures the environment is there to be mastered; in twentieth century Paris it can only be. .

In classic Jules Verne adventures the environment is there to be mastered; in twentieth century Paris it can only be suffered, and the narrative offers less entertaining description than cultural criticism. The material setting is prescient and prophetic. For a long time, however, the numbers involved remained pitifully small. In 1860 the national secondary system taught 35, 000 students; in 1930, 67, 000.

Kipps, the second of Wells's three great comedies of haberdashery, is the central panel in a hilarious triptych of harassed young drapers who eventually find themselves.
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Good fun reading. Surprised and delighted by how well "Half a Sixpence" musical was adapted from this story; right down to the banjo. Arthur Kipps is a loveable hero.
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Wells is a master of local dialect and his prose is perfect beyond measure- the work was very funny and bittersweet as well.
HG Wells, Kipps (1905)

The autobiographical strain in this novel, as with the author's The History of Mr Polly and Tono-Bungay, is pronounced; it deals with a small man in a confused and confusing world. Arthur Kipps's progress from his apprenticeship as a linen draper to becoming a `swell' in the upper-middleclass milieu of the Walshinghams is fraught with pain and embarrassment. After being left a fortune by a rich uncle, Kipps finds himself in a position to marry Helen Walshingham. His main problem is that he is uneducated, knowing next to nothing of the world of books or the manners of the society he aspires to join. Helen, together with Kipps's mentor Chester Coote, set about the task of making him a gentleman: correcting his grammar, seeing him appropriately dressed and supervising his reading matter.

Wells himself as narrator stage manages the action with many wise and witty asides, ironically watching Kipps's attempts to broaden his mind with wide reading, but mainly for social advancement rather than personal enlightenment. Thus he eagerly follows the advice of his advisor Coote: `I make a rule, One Serious Book and One Novel - no more. There's some of the serious books I've been reading lately - on that table: Sartor Resartus, Mrs Twiddlestone's Pond Life, The Scottish Chiefs, Life and Letters of Dean Farrar.'

Although the major theme of the book - the problems of becoming a gentleman - is similar to that of Dickens in Great Expectations, Wells's mode, through his ironical and intrusive narrator, is essentially comic. Kipps's pains and social gaffes are amusing, exposing at the same time the ludicrous nature of the hero and the society he seeks to join. Like Pip, Kipps becomes alienated from his family, his social class and Ann Pornick, his childhood sweetheart (who embarrassingly turns up as a maid at a social gathering) but Kipps never makes the grade and, after losing most of his fortune, he returns to his roots, a happier and wiser man.
.The story moves at a fair pace (Kipps's legacy drops from the sky early on) and paints a range of types (socialists, nihilists, actors, swindlers of various kinds), but the hero is, rather like the picaro, one who exists simply to have adventures; unlike Pip he barely develops at all, simply being buffeted by one `rum' excursion after another. Like his cockney accent he doesn't change.

Indeed, Wells perhaps overdoes the bad grammar and dropped aitches, although Kipps's neighbour Sid Pornick, who shares the accent, is capable of independent thought: `I'm a Socialist, you see,' said Sid, `I don't `old with Wealth. What is Wealth? Labour robbed out of the poor. At most it's only yours in trust. Leastways, that's `ow I should take it.' Here we detect the germ of the Wells to come. But in this story the class struggle and the condition of the poor are minor issues. For sure, Wells is no Arthur Morrison. And he writes a better novel.
On the surface this may seem like a satiric and stilted tale of an "everyman", but as I took it in and reflected on the story, it seems more a deeply personal journey in reaching some level of self-actualization amidst confusing and overbearing social pressures. Set around the early 20th century in Great Britain, Arthur Kipps experiences the everyday challenges of boredom and the relentless tortures of social expectations as he's growing up, and as a young man faces the harsh realities of barely making a living with the unforgiving callousness of post-industrial capitalism. Existing near the lower rung of the middle class, he becomes well acclimated to what his life is to be like and how he is to behave. But by happenstance, his circumstances change dramatically, and he must face the stresses of a different type with an opportunity to pull himself up to, as the they call it, a "higher class" of people. Kipps, in his neurosis and naive ability to dredge himself through many a blundering crisis, must travel a varied road of challenges to learn for himself, finally, who he really is.
This is a book about a normal working man that was born into the world as a love child, lived with his aunt and became a draper. He suddenly finds himself in possession of wealth and has to adjust his regular behaviour to become a GENTLEMAN leading to some unusual circumstances. But then he later realizes that it is best to be yourself. It is a classic Rags to riches and Rags to riches again.
This is not a serious novel or at least it doesn't take itself seriously.
Wells is a witty writer and builds interesting characters or descriptions with few words. I found this book engaging but not perfect. The tale meandered a little and the plot was somewhat casual, hence the 4 stars.
But I still enjoyed reading it. It was refreshing.
Sergiu Pobereznic (author)
When you read a book like this – along with works like “The History of Mr. Polly” or “Love and Mr. Lewisham” – you realize why Wells was such an influential writer and giant of his time.

These chronicles of individuals trying to cope with the entrenched injustice and hypocrisy of Victorian and Edwardian England are written in a fresh and funny way that can only be compared with Dickens. At the same time, Wells was writing futuristic books like “The Time Machine”, “The War of the Worlds” and “The First Men on the Moon” as well as more ambitious efforts like “An Outline of History”. What am amazing writer. How I wish we had a contemporary Wells to chronicle our modern times with it absurdities and contradictions.

“Kipps” is brilliant, especially the dialogue – often in Kent dialect. It is a familiar Wellsian story of a confused young man from a lower class background who manages to move above his station in life and finds that reaching the summit might give you a magnificent view but can also lead to a disastrous fall if you don't have the ability to stay there.