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The Machine Stops [Anglais] [Broché]

E M Forster
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'"You talk as if a god had made the Machine," cried the other. "I believe that you pray to it when you are unhappy. Men made it, do not forget that."'E.M. Forster is best known for his exquisite novels, but these two affecting short stories brilliantly combine the fantastical with the allegorical. In 'The Machine Stops', humanity has isolated itself beneath the ground, enmeshed in automated comforts, and in 'The Celestial Omnibus' a young boy takes a trip his parents believe impossible.This book contains The Machine Stops and A Celestial Omnibus.

Biographie de l'auteur

Edward Morgan Forster (1879-1970) was educated at King's College, Cambridge, with whom he had a lifelong connection. He was elected to an Honorary Fellowship in 1946. He wrote six novels - Where Angels Fear to Tread (1905), The Longest Journey (1907), A Room with a View (1908), Howards End (1910), A Passage to India (1924), which won both the Prix Femina Vie Heureuse and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Maurice , written in 1914, was published posthumously in 1971. He also published two volumes of short stories; two collections of essays; a critical work (Aspects of the Novel); The Hill of Devi; two biographies; two books about Alexandria; and the libretto for Britten's opera Billy Budd. He died in 1970. In his obituary The Times called him 'one of the most esteemed English novelists of his time'.

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  • Broché: 96 pages
  • Editeur : Penguin Classics (15 février 2011)
  • Collection : PP: MIN MOD CLS
  • Langue : Inconnu
  • ISBN-10: 0141195983
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141195988
  • Dimensions du produit: 11,1 x 16,1 cm
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Très bien 18 mai 2013
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J'ai commandé cette nouvelle pour m'entrainer à lire un court texte en anglais et je ne suis pas decue. Je le conseille à tout le monde, il n'est pas specialement difficile et lorsque l'on pense à QUAND le bouquin fut ecrit ! C'est un petit bijou.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent reading for anyone 27 septembre 1999
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I read this book during my Junior year of high school and was in awe of it. I feel that this story is good reading for anyone who has concerns about the power computers wield in out lives and for anyone who fears the power they may someday have. I found that it touched upon many aspects of upcoming technology and the possible effects this technology may have on us. I also must say that the last line is the best I have ever read. I won't ruin it for you, read it for yourself.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Prophetic science fiction 7 février 2007
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Forster wrote this book some time before 1914, which is utterly astonishing when you consider the society he portrays in this novel of the future. Flying ships, automated machinery run by computers (although he does not use that word), robotic equipment to maintain and repair society's hardware, are all in their infancy even today, almost a century later. This is science fiction that could have been written in the 1960s or 1990s. I read this book in the early sixties, and assumed at the time that it was contemporary, not realising that it was written before World War 1. I was very pleased to find that it was still available in reprinted form. Highly recommended.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Truly prophetic 13 mai 2005
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It's amazing to think that this story was written nearly a century ago, when most of the machinery that currently runs our lives hadn't even been invented yet. My son's heading off to college to major in electrical engineering. He'll be working on the Machine, and I'll be sending this story along with him to keep him grounded

(sorry about the pun).
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This book will beceom popular as the melenium approaches 19 juin 1999
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The theme behind this book is that we have become so dependant on machines that they now are apart of us, from our of need to our love for religion. As Y2K appraoches I believe this book will be "taken off the shelves" and examined, for our society is heading down that road that Edward Morgan Forster has suggested in the novel.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster; Is Good-Enough Good Enough? 20 août 2011
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Before computers, when I would answer my ringing phone, it wasn't unusual for the response to be, `Oh, you're there. I was hoping to get your machine.' Email relieved the awkwardness of accidentally being forced to confront another human being. It wasn't perfect but it was good-enough.
Imagine a scale that runs from unacceptable to perfect. Along this scale is poor, fair, mediocre, passable, good-enough, good, better, perfect. Sears used to use a scale in its catalogue of good, better, best. They never would have considered calling them good-enough, better and best. But good-enough is the standard now. Think of the Wikis. The best that can be said about them, on their best day, is good-enough. CGI movies, good-enough, or is it that we are amazed that these things can be done at all that permits them to be considered acceptable? Is Toy Story better animation than Roadrunner? Are these things that are good-enough really good enough for you? Don't you want more?
This is the crux of the idea behind The Machine Stops by E.M Forster. In it, The Book Of The Machine is the stand-in for Wikis and other know-it-all sources. If you have a question, in this future dystopia, you turn to this Book for the answer. No matter that The Book is often wrong and always misleading, it is the source of knowledge and the guide for its people. This idea was lifted to comic heights in The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, another Book with all the answers that could not be relied on to be correct or even helpful. Are humans destined to need some kind of Book to guide their lives? Like these examples, the internet and the information explosion presents itself as an entity that appears to be expanding while it is actually shrinking. It contracts and encompasses the life around it.
First impressions no longer exist. Each thought is a derivative of a learned thought, each behavior an imitation. In Forster each person lives in a controlled room. Their senses are manipulated, through the environment, to provide the Machine's misguided definition of perfection. He uses the sense of smell as an example. People in his world are appalled and uncomfortable, it all smells so different. They prefer the stimuli in their own room, not the smell, taste or touch of the outside world or others of their own kind. Look around you. Are things so different now? How many television commercials concerned with alerting you to the intolerable aromas around you do you see each week? How far removed from actual experience do the commercials say you have to be in order to be happy?
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