- Tapa blanda: 182 páginas
- Editor: Createspace Independent Pub (18 de octubre de 2012)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1480135712
- ISBN-13: 978-1480135710
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War in the Air (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 18 oct 2012
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The War in the Air by H.G. Wells.
This classic tale The War in the Air was originally published in 1908. Enjoy The War in the Air today!
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Here the book takes a turn from comedy to the deathly serious, as Wells writes of the horrific effects of war, its devastation, and gruesome killings. The story tries to follow the character we met in the earliest section, and details quite a few of his exploits and brushes with death as he tries to quit the war and return to his home in England, but it also abandons the character at times and ranges far wider to let us know the great events happening beyond the character's own limited world. Then the book transitions again, away from the present and into the near future, to fill us in on the end, or at least a tapering off, of the war and its aftermath.
This book was written before World War I, but world powers were already at odds with each other, and Wells, I believe had two purposes for writing the story as he did. He wanted to show that war had changed while we weren't looking, and that the next war would be an air war. He got the details of the aircraft wrong, and Zeppelins weren't really practical as assault craft, but he did accurately describe the horrific effects of aerial bombing on the cities below. The devastation was more akin to World War II than the first world war, but he was correct that war was changing, and that it was becoming far more devastating than anyone (except himself) could imagine.
I think his second, and primary reason, for writing the story as he did was to warn of the horror that would come with the next war, and in so doing, to discourage the rush to war. In that, he was not successful, but perhaps the persons who most needed to read it did not do so, or passed it off as mere fantasy.
Although the story fails on several levels to engage the reader, it is a prescient journey into the future as seen from the vantage point of the turn of the 20th century, and I think it might have a new and special pleasure for readers of Steampunk fiction. Because its good points far outweigh its bad, and because it has historical value and much to teach us, I rate it at 4 out of 5 stars. I wouldn't read it again but, as with most of Wells's writing, I'm glad I had the experience of reading it at least once.
He looks at an urbanized population and examines the fallout - starvation, lack of housing and so on. He rightly notes most urbanites don't really know how to cook, cannot weave - in short, lack the skills and knowledge that their grandparents certainly had and used. This rings even more loudly today.
While parts of the story drag a bit owing to his excessive detail - and the technology is mostly 'wrong' (ornothopters never made any inroads) the *results* of conflict are frighting in their accuracy. Also, he correctly shows that while a government might be toppled by air power, a people cannot be controlled by 'air power' alone. If only Billy Mitchell had read and taken this book to hart.....
The bad review is for the physical book and whoever printed it. I did not pay attention to the dimensions before buying. It is ENORMOUS. Individual lines have from 17-22 words and there are 47 printed lines per page. Why? It is very cumbersome. The cover picture is also pixelated, which makes it seem as though it had been formatted for a smaller book and blown up. I also suspect, given the amount of grammatical errors and misplaced punctuation, along with the complete lack of publisher or copyright information printed anywhere in the book, that this was stolen and altered by whoever printed it just enough to avoid legal culpability. Buy the real copy.
We follow the exploits of Bert Smallways, a British commoner, who through happenstance, has a birds eye view of the war to end all wars. Wells leads us through a story of how air power dominate the next war as he sees it. I find it interesting how he predicts not only German aggression but also that Japan and China resentful of European colonialism would rise up, and how airships, submarines and airplane might be used in a global conflict.
Other reviewers have articulated much of what I could have said. The Kindle edition has the benefit of the features of the device. The Kindle comes with a dictionary, and a interface to highlight words to definitions, which was very helpful with some of the period words and slang with which I was unfamiliar, all without leaving the page you are reading.