jueves, 27 de enero de 2011

L'homme invisible (invisible man)

Better than CSI

Just finished reading the book I talked to you about a few posts ago. L'homme invisible, by H.G. Wells. I'm on a book diet at this moment, since I decided not to go to university and come to Mexico for a year, and stupidity is not an option. The book was amazingly easy to read. It's short and adding to that, Wells is an artist of showing you the parts in the book when you can brain fart, so when it gets important, therefore interesting, you get nose rashes your head is so close to the book.

Why is this a bad ass book
Imagine a CSI show in a book, mixed up with the awesomeness of Star Wars. Why this awkward mix? Because it's, in a first place, a police chasing an invisible man, but also a book where, like Jules Verne's book, Wells talk to you about the science behind it. The Vernes/Wells era is the begining of science fiction, where they wrote books about going around the world and going through it, about seeing the end of the universe and seeing through the flesh of a man. That's the cool part about it because it makes us notice, reading those books now, that we are on the other side of their 'frontiere'. The things that were inimaginable at that time are common day things now. The other thing that makes this book really fun to read, is that I haven't seen the technique used by Wells in this book since watching some old shows of Colombo with my dad. What I mean by that is that compared to CSI and all of those shows that I hated and still hate now, Colombo would tell us the who, what, where, when of the murder or crime, it would be the first scene of the show. The rest of the show would be us being in the mind of Colombo and looking at the exact same things he is looking at, however still not seeing the little details that makes him crack the case at the end of the show, even if we know what was the murder. That's the art in Colombo and L'homme invisible, is that they show details about the crime, but those details are in the fine area between way to obvious and not sufficiently there. Now a days, CSI and all of those shows just don't show us the details that are important, they just scared us and put suspence with horrible music and dark blue backgrounds, and at the end of the show they say 'oh, we forgot to tell you that the guy actually had a gun with him'.
But to return to the book I read. Where was I? oh yes, the Colombo comparasion. So; like in Colombo, the first thing you learn (it's the title) is that the guy is invisible. However, it takes the whole book for us to follow the path taken by the other caracthers in the book, how they founded out he was invisible. I mean, the last paragraph of the book, is the physical description of the invisible man, because after dying, his skin gets its color back. In a metarophical and literal point of view; we are slowly and with our hearts pounding in our chests, waiting to see what's going to happen; taking off the bandages off the face of the invisible man, seeing his true personnality, his real body. And this could only have happened with the surgery-like precision and delicacy of Wells, the author of a book that I reccomend to all the fans of CSI, Colombo, Star Wars, Star Trek, Jules Verne and any other kind of police/science fiction books or movies that ever existed.

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