In the Days of the Comet
William ("Willie") is a student living in the British town of Clayton. As a Socialist, he tries to move power from the upper class to the working class. Interestingly, in a fictitious confrontation Britain declares war on Germany. Willie falls in love with Nettie, but when she elopes with an upper-class man, Willie resolves to kill them both. Throughout the novel there is present in the sky a large comet which gives off a green glow. As Willie prepares to shoot the lovers, two battleships appear and begin shelling the coast, causing Willie to nearly lose his targets. As the comet enters the atmosphere, it gives off a green gas which envelopes everyone including Willie, who falls asleep. Willie wakes up a changed man. He is able to reason so clearly that he realizes the foolishness of his plan for revenge. Other people have changed too. Our hero marvels at how humankind has risen to new levels of vision and understanding. (Summary from Wikipedia) (9 hr 50 min)
good story very interesting and suspenseful
Good story, can't stand how slow the reader is.
DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME!!!
HGW, if one be honest, is a very pedestrian writer. His reputation is based on unique, interesting plots (Time Machine, etc.) where the reader forgives the two-dimensiomal, wooden characters and the limping action. In this thing, however, there is no plot of interest, and he simply uses the dim idea of the magic comet as a loose framework wherein he can champion the untenable trio of the deranged mind--socialism, atheism, and pacifism. (If any one of the three were true, the other two would automatically be false.) Read something worthwhile.