H.G Wells 'The Invisible Man'

I stumbled across this book by accident. Misreading my reading list for the semester, I ordered H.G Wells' version of The Invisible Man, in the place of Ralph Ellison's. A mishap I was surprisingly glad about.

The book is about a somewhat dislikeable, moody character who is invisible. The title says it all really. His appearance is mysterious from the onset: 'the brim of his soft felt hat hid every inch of his face but the shiny tip of his nose', a nose which we later find out is a plastic mask. The story follows the difficulties he has existing in the 'visible' world.  Despite his initial excitement and plans of power surrounding his invisibility, he comes to realise how hard it is to maintain fundamental human needs in this state; food and water, shelter and warmth. These difficulties, along with his prickly and selfish attributes lead him into spiraling troubles, with only his ultimate demise releasing him from his invisibility.

I enjoyed the simple style used by Wells. The book was easy and enjoyable to read and at times comical, depicting the stereotypical characters and politics of small village life. I was enthralled in the simple story, and the interesting idea of an 'invisible man'.