The Magic Shop by H.G. Wells (1903)
Monday’s Tale of Magic July 26, 2021
Conjuring, the real and the unreal, glass balls, demons clinging to a coat sleeve, charming illusions and evil magic. The elements of magic in fiction are often mesmerizing. H.G. Wells takes these powers beyond our normal physical limitations, doubt, and desires. Come meet Gip and his father as they enter The Magic Shop on Regent Street in London. Gip is a boy who believes in the reality of magic, as all children do in their innocence and trust. But the father wants to draw the line with intelligence and practicality. The Magician’s many marvels carry mysterious weight and entertainment. Listen for the touch of philosophical talk going on beneath the illusion of The Magician pulling out streams of colored paper from the father’s hat.
“The crumpled paper rose and billowed on the counter more and more and more, until he was nearly hidden from us, until he was altogether hidden, and still his voice went on and on. “We none of us know what the fair semblance of a human being may conceal, sir. Are we all then no better than brushed exteriors, whited sepulchres–“
This is a beautifully written little tale with a thought-provoking ending. Listening to the audio will capture you!
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H. G. Wells (1866-1946) is well known in literature as a futurist and a literary sensation with his sci-fi novels The Time Machine and War of the Worlds. Mind at the End of Its Tether (1945), his last book, was a vision of the future as nightmare. Author of more than 100 books, he described his stories as “a miscellany of inventions.” Wells died on Aug. 13, 1946, in London.
For lovers of H.G Wells, you might like this historical fiction The Haunting of H.G Wells by Robert Masello: A plot against England that even the genius of H. G. Wells could not have imagined.
REVIEW: “Masello takes us on a wild ride through twentieth-century Europe as Wells goes up against foes both physical and paranormal, teaming up with his suffragette partner to save the world. This is history unlike anything you learned in high school.” Adrienne Procaccini, Editor
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