Take one inventive genius indebted to the friend who saved his life; add an English aristocrat hopelessly consumed with a selfish and spiritually bankrupt woman; stir together with a Faustian pact to create the perfect woman--and voil ! Tomorrow's Eve is served.
Robert Martin Adams's graceful translation is the first to bring to English readers this captivating fable of a Thomas Edison-like inventor and his creation, the radiant and tragic android Hadaly.
Adams's introduction sketches the uncompromising idealism of the proud but penurious aristocrat Jean Marie Mathias Philippe Auguste, Count Villiers de l'Isle-Adam, a friend and admired colleague of Charles Baudelaire, St phane Mallarm , and Richard Wagner.
Villiers dazzles us with a gallery of electronic wonders while unsettling us with the implications of his (and our) increasingly mechanized and mechanical society. A witty and acerbic tale in which human nature, spiritual values, and scientific possibilities collide, Tomorrow's Eve retains an enduring freshness and edge.
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Tomorrow's Eve is a French novel, first published in 1886. It is, equally, a hard science-fiction philosophical page-turner -- the story of how Thomas Edison invents a robot girlfriend for an ... Read full review
A horrid piece of literature. There are two terrible things about it. First, it's horrendously sexist. Women are meant only to give men pleasure, according to every character, and presumably, the author. And women even fail at that!
Second, the book is hard to read. Most of it is a repetitive (though, personally, not uninteresting) work of literature with literally no plot. It is mostly a debate between two men about, you guessed it, how women are meant only to give men pleasure, and women even fail at that! The other part of the book is a lecture by Edison as he describes his creation, which, though it is a completely fictional thing, seemingly deserves dozens of pages for the description of its inner workings. Despite this lengthy explanation, the reader is left with no real understanding of the machine's inner workings, and, in fact, has no clear idea of what the Android looks like. It's like reading a transcript from a college lecture which concerns your favorite topic and was given by your favorite professor... but the topic was calculus and the professor taught art! The author often had no idea how to succinctly express his ideas in Tomorrow's Eve, and when those ideas are expressed, they are disgusting.
Don't read this book. While it has some interesting bits, (Edison is steampunk Tony Stark!) it says nothing anyone would want to hear. (Edison believes that "women can't be friends with each other!")
There is plenty of better literature out there. Go find it.
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