Tono-Bungay


Tono-Bungay

Infobox Book |
name = Tono-Bungay
title_orig =
translator =


image_caption =
author = H. G. Wells
illustrator =
cover_artist =
country = United Kingdom
language = English
series =
subject =
genre = Novel
publisher = Macmillan
release_date = 1909
english_release_date =
media_type = Print (Hardcover)
pages =
isbn = NA
preceded_by =
followed_by =

"Tono-Bungay" (1909), by H. G. Wells, is a realist semi-autobiographical novel. It is narrated by George Ponderevo, a science student who is drafted in to help with the promotion of Tono-Bungay, 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.

The novel displays Edward's social climbing satirically, and also George's discomfort at rising in social class. The hero's personal life is also narrated with unusual frankness for an Edwardian novel, from his unsuccessful marriage to Marion, to his affair with the liberated Effie to his doomed relationship with the Hon. Beatrice Normandy, whom he had known since childhood.

The Tono-Bungay empire eventually over-extends itself and then collapses. George tries to prop up his uncle's finances by stealing the radioactive compound quap from an island near Africa, but the expedition is unsuccessful. He helps his uncle escape from England in the aeroplane that he has invented, but Edward dies in France of fever. The novel ends with George himself escaping from England on a battleship that he has designed for the highest bidder.

External links

*gutenberg|no=718|name=Tono Bungay


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Tono-Bungay — (Originaltitel: Tono Bungay) ist ein 1909 erschienener utopischer Roman mit sozialkritischem Hintergrund des britischen Schriftstellers H. G. Wells. Handlung Der Onkel des Ich Erzählers stellt in seiner Dorf Apotheke ein Wundermittel namens Tono… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Tono-Bungay — Traduction à relire Tono Bungay → Tono Bungay …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Bungay — may refer to:* Bungay, Suffolk, East Anglia, England * Bungay language, an Algonquian languagePeople with the surname Bungay:* Frank Bungay (born 1905), former professional footballer * Stephen Bungay (21st century), British management consultant …   Wikipedia

  • Tono — can refer to:Locations *Bay of Tono, in Italy *Tōno, Iwate, a city in Japan *Tōnō, a region of Gifu Prefecture, Japan *Tono, Washington, a town in Washington, USAPeople *Tono Folguera, a producer *Toño Bicicleta, a Puerto Rican criminal *Tono… …   Wikipedia

  • H.G.Wells — H.G. Wells 1922 Herbert George Wells (meist abgekürzt H. G. Wells; * 21. September 1866 in Bromley, Kent; † 13. August 1946 in London) war ein englischer Schriftsteller und Pionier der Science Fiction Literatur. Wells, der auch Historiker …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • H.G. Wells — 1922 Herbert George Wells (meist abgekürzt H. G. Wells; * 21. September 1866 in Bromley, Kent; † 13. August 1946 in London) war ein englischer Schriftsteller und Pionier der Science Fiction Literatur. Wells, der auch Historiker …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Herbert George Wells — H.G. Wells 1922 Herbert George Wells (meist abgekürzt H. G. Wells; * 21. September 1866 in Bromley, Kent; † 13. August 1946 in London) war ein englischer Schriftsteller und Pionier der Science Fiction Literatur. Wells, der auch Historiker …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • H. G. Wells — vor 1922 Herbert George Wells (meist abgekürzt H. G. Wells; * 21. September 1866 in Bromley, Kent; † 13. August 1946 in London) war ein englischer Schriftsteller und Pionier der Science Fiction Literatur. Wells, der au …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • H. G. Wells — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Wells. H. G. Wells H. G. Wells en …   Wikipédia en Français

  • H. G. Wells — Wells pictured some time before 1916 Born Herbert George Wells 21 September 1866(1866 09 21) Bromley, Kent, England, United Kingdom …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.