Tono Bungay George Ponderevo a student of science is enlisted to help with the promotion of Tono Bungay Tono Bungay is a harmful stimulant disguised as a miraculous cure all the creation of his ambitious uncle

  • Title: Tono-Bungay
  • Author: H.G. Wells Paul Torday
  • ISBN: 9780297860433
  • Page: 187
  • Format: Hardcover
  • George Ponderevo, a student of science, is enlisted to help with the promotion of Tono Bungay Tono Bungay is a harmful stimulant disguised as a miraculous cure all, the creation of his ambitious uncle Edward As the tonic prospers, George experiences a swift rise in social status, elevating him to riches and opportunities that he had never imagined, nor indeed desired MeGeorge Ponderevo, a student of science, is enlisted to help with the promotion of Tono Bungay Tono Bungay is a harmful stimulant disguised as a miraculous cure all, the creation of his ambitious uncle Edward As the tonic prospers, George experiences a swift rise in social status, elevating him to riches and opportunities that he had never imagined, nor indeed desired Meanwhile, George ricochets romantically between his unsuccessful marriage to Marion, his affair with the liberated Effie and his doomed relationship with the Hon Beatrice Normandy, a childhood friend But the Tono Bungay empire eventually over extends itself and George must try to prop up his uncle s finances by stealing the radioactive compound quap from an island near Africa

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    1. ‘Tono-Bungay’ is a story of the English class system, social mores and social climbing. More specifically, it is a story of capitalism, the advertising industry and the generation of income / creation of wealth based on the sale and promotion of pointless, ineffective products that the buying public never knew they ‘needed’ until they were actually told that they (apparently) did. The novel explores the moral dilemmas intrinsic to this process and looks at the very thin line between adve [...]

    2. I have read a number of H.G. Wells's early sci-fi novels. This is the first time I have read one of his "other" novels, and I am surprised to see that it is by far his best work. Tono-Bungay is a bildungsroman about growing up poor in Victorian England and making one's way in the world by a combination of luck, good and bad.The good luck is hero George Ponderevo's association with his uncle Edward, the inventor of a nostrum called Tono-Bungay. He brings his nephew George in with him and becomes [...]

    3. This is Wells writing stylistically like Dickens in a mode of novel-writing that aims at the nineteenth century version of social justice (even though it was published at the end of the first decade of the twentieth century).Today he is mainly remembered for his science fiction. "Tono Bungay" is an unusual work in that it straddles two of these genres: it is both science fiction and social commentary. The novel follows the rise and fall of an empire built on a quack medicine. The medicine, Tono [...]

    4. At times, I almost really liked this book for its criticism of consumer capitalism (for a book published in 1909, T-B feels ahead of its time in this respect) and the realness of some of the characters, but I got fed up with the narrator/author constantly explaining his own symbolism not to mention his random anti-semitic remarks, his problematic relationship to women/marriage, and that especially disturbing Heart of Darkness voyage into Africa, where in a typical heart-of-darkness/Quap-fevered [...]

    5. "А теперь каждый, если только у него не слишком высокие требования кжизни и он не обременен чувством собственного достоинства, может позволитьсебе кой-какие излишества. Ныне можно прожить всю жизнь кое-как, ничемувсерьез не отдаваясь, потворствуя своим прихотям и ни к чему [...]

    6. "Tono-Bungay" is a novel written by H. G. Wells and published in 1909. It has been called "arguably his most artistic book." As for Wells himself he considered "Tono-Bungay as the finest and most finished novel upon the accepted lines" that he had "written or was ever likely to write." While reading the novel I also read a biography of Wells and found many interesting things about the author.Although Wells was a prolific writer in many genres, including the novel, history, politics, and social c [...]

    7. only halfway through this one, but am loving it. once again a white male british protagonist (must read more women writers soon!), but the protagonist/author is incredible with writing descriptive detail. a great social commentary on class systems, industrialization in london, exploitation of the masses through marketing/advertising, etc. and an incredible vocabulary builder. SO many words i didn't know, but so well used i can discern their meaning contextually.update: as with most satire, i "go [...]

    8. I read this one before reading "'Tono-Bungay' and the Condition of England" in David Lodge's Language of Fiction: Essays in Criticism and Verbal Analysis of the English Novel; they're both good books. Not the kind of thing I was expecting from Wells

    9. H.G. Wells' bit of a satirical look at the effects of wealth, power and enterprise on ordinary lives The tale follows the experiences of George Ponderevo who is 'encouraged' by his uncle to work with him on marketing a new product, a sort of 'miracle cure' thing, it also greatly expounds on George's experiences from childhood, to university, to the heart of London, then wealth, fame, his inventions and intentions, the uncle's eventual bankruptcy, and oh yes his various 'loves', etc, etc

    10. I'd first heard of TONO-BUNGAY when recently reading a biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Apparently, this book by H.G. Wells was one of his favorite books. (H.G. Wells you mean THE WAR OF THE WORLDS and THE TIME MACHINE H.G. Wells? Yes, that's the one.) While I enjoy much of Wells' writing, I had a difficult time conceiving his creating a tale that would be one of Fitzgerald's favorites.Well, TONO-BUNGAY is very different from what I would imagine from the pen of the distinguished English autho [...]

    11. H. G. put that hammer you've been beating your readers over the head with down. Put it down. Now take a step away from the hammer. Good good, just a step away--NO! NO! Don't pick up the hammer again! Don't pick it up I said!Oh God he has the hammer and he's chasing us with it again! Run! Run!!

    12. reviewstaphorosis 3.5 starsGeorge, is expelled from the manor his mother serves in, and bounces around until he lands with his uncle, a chemist. He departs again, but returns once his uncle develops a successful line of snake oil. Despite his qualms, George, a talented engineer, helps out with sales and development, and their fortunes grow.I first read this many years, and liked it, though I also misremembered it as having something to do with a potion that caused floating (which seems to be a c [...]

    13. It seems to be the way with books (sci-fi books?) of this era that the premise is one thing, but then the story drifts this way and that to include other major plots.For example, the main story here seems to be George and his uncle, Edward, creating a tonic that everyone just HAS to have. Fabulous. But then George and flying machines? George and some substance in Africa that is going to make his business rich? I mean, sure, people's lives aren't just one thing, but this is a *story*, and the sto [...]

    14. I took this up for some light relief during the reading of a long and serious novel in French which I am still reading. I wasn't disappointed. Wells held my attention without monopolising it to the detriment of my French reading.Tono Bungay is the name of an elixir with no verifiable health value, but made immensely popular by clever marketing: today it would be called Red Bull. The narrator is the nephew of its inventor and promoter, and he goes along for the ride with his uncle from provincial [...]

    15. The last of Wells’ works that was on my tbr list for the 1001 books. Wells occasionally delights me, but, on the whole, though I do regard him a genius and a mind a century ahead of his time, his writing doesn’t really grab me too much. Tono-Bungay was just such a novel.George is lured into working for his uncle who has concocted some potion that he is flogging off as a cure-all. It’s nothing of the sort though; as the business grows exponentially, like most things these days, rather than [...]

    16. A real curate's egg of a novel. I was never quite sure which direction it was heading in. If you have only read Wells' Sci-Fi, it's hard not to expect the technological future as imagined in 1909 appearing. When the novel gets going and gets into the story of the narrator's crackpot scheming uncle and his liquid panacea Tono-Bungay that makes his fortune, I felt either some miraculous placebo effect was going to occur or the tale would double back into an hilarious expose of the hucksters, shyst [...]

    17. A book often starts a bit slowly for me, but after 30 or 40 pages, I'll gather more interest. I did not expect this to be any different. Early, is this: I thought of my uncle as Teddy directly I saw him; there was something in his personal appearance that in the light of that memory phrased itself at once as Teddiness -- a certain Teddidity. Tedditity. Certainly I could look forward to more such imaginative phrasing. Unfortunately, I never noticed another. I wonder if Wells got tired writing thi [...]

    18. (7.01.1994), This was such a sad story, but brilliantly written. Is this how Wells felt about his life? His dealings with women were rather strange. Did he prefer them to be unpredictable? Seems that way; or was it that he knew that the best ones were just as intelligent as himself, therefore just as flighty? I was disgusted with his excusing away an affair. It was his fault that he ruined his relationship with his wife. Why are men trained to think so differently about marriage? After the conq [...]

    19. This is a novel that deserves to be read more. Wells turns his sociologist's eye to the modern social structure and shows the absurdity and ruthlessness at the heart of modern society. A real novel of its moment, Tono-Bungay covers the opening days of modern advertising, the "bubble" and then the financial crash of 1908, exploitation of colonial mineral resources, the invention of airplanes, and a whole host of other things. If you thought Wells was only about science-fiction, give this book a t [...]

    20. In her biography of Joseph Conrad, Jocelyn Baines notes that “two men more different in outlook and temperament could scarcely be conceived” than Joseph Conrad and H.G. Wells. For Conrad, artistic considerations were paramount in his writing, while Wells always considered himself a journalist, and favoured science above the arts. Conrad told Wells that the difference between them was fundamental:“You don’t care for humanity but think they are to be improved. I love humanity but know they [...]

    21. I was highly intrigued by the idea of this story, but Wells took this idea and then added so many other parts and aspects to it that it distracted me from the main premise of the story. He focused heavily on the romantic aspects, and added in some typical Wells adventure what with the aeroplane experiments and the African seafaring debacle. I would have liked to have seen more of the fallout of Tono Bungay and more sociological rhetoric-guess I was looking for a more blatantly dystopian novel.So [...]

    22. I really enjoyed this story that makes you think of crooked salesman and controversial new medicines. When George Ponderevo's uncle Edward hires him to help sell medicine, George knows the drug is a sham, but then it sells like crazy. This is a great story and makes you think.

    23. Pretty hard going by today's standards and found many aspects disturbing. Not into sci fi but developed an interest in Wells from reading David Lodge's Man of Parts. Was aware of story line and have a fascination with abundance of 'elixir' adverts in early newspapers, which give credibility to the plot.

    24. I read Tono-Bungay for a class in college in 2001, and apparently liked it enough at the time to keep my copy of it, but when I started re-reading it, I didn’t really remember anything about it. As John Hammond says in his introduction to the book, it's the story of “a pragmatic narrator divided against himself whose theme is the slow decline and fragmentation of England.” The book is divided into four parts, centered around the narrator (George Ponderevo) and the Tono-Bungay of the title, [...]

    25. Of course I devoured Wells's SF works when I was little, but I'd always skipped over his more literary work. Then I came across this in the Oxfam bookshop on St Giles and some cluster of neurons decided that a political and social satire of late 19th century Britain was just the thing.Well, first of all that word satire. That can be an excuse for the author to show off with a lot of intellectual fizz and no engagement with the characters. It would be more accurate to call this a novel with a sat [...]

    26. Not an easy read. Too turgid for these times but the final few chapters sum up the whole of what was felt and viewed within the main body of the story. I prefer his sci-fi works.

    27. Sometime around 1875, a housekeeper on a large British estate decides she cannot handle her young son George any longer and sends him off to stay with this relative and that. The one he sticks with, his uncle, Edward Ponderevo, has plans for becoming “big people,” and after some education in London, George joins him there as the brains of his business enterprises. The rest of the story traces the rise of their fortunes, driven at first by the success of Tono-Bungay, a Coca-Cola-like drink so [...]

    28. Everything in the box of tricks here would predict a success, a novel that goes airborne early and takes everyone reading along with it. In turn of the century England, a housemaid's son in a great Manor House rises through era-typical adversity, deflects the worst of it and perseveres. Landing on his feet to find education in science (such as it was), love (in a few variations) and the ever-popular, endlessly entertaining, Ways Of The World. The central moral conflict concerns the health-tonic [...]

    29. I've always enjoyed Wells sci-fi, for which he's best known, but apparently that is just a small portion of his work. Read this one because its on the 1001 list. Can't say I understand WHY it is, though. If this is representative of Wells non-SF work, then I won't be reading any more of it. Just seemed very tedious. FAR FAR too long, some of the prose seems exceptionally nice but nice and flowery WITHOUT purpose Apparently anti-capitalism but doesn't make a great argument, rather is just present [...]

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