The Passionate Friends

H. G. WELLS (1866 - 1946)

H. G. Wells is best known for his science fiction, but some of his greatest works were in other genres. The Passionate Friends is a love story. It also is a story about dreams, despair, jealousy, sex, the struggle against social convention, the future of civilization, and much much more. It is written by a father to his son, "not indeed to the child you are now, but to the man you are going to be." He writes it so that one day, perhaps when he is dead, his grown son can read it and rediscover him as a friend and equal. In the process, he tries to make sense of a lifetime's experiences and distill some kind of wisdom from them. It is quite simply a beautiful book, both inspiring and heartbreaking. (Summary by Peter Eastman)

Genre(s): General Fiction, Romance

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Mr. Stratton to His Son Peter Eastman
00:26:54
Play 02 Boyhood (parts 1-3) Peter Eastman
00:25:06
Play 03 Boyhood (parts 4-7) Peter Eastman
00:27:36
Play 04 Intentions and the Lady Mary Christian (parts 1-6) Peter Eastman
00:32:14
Play 05 Intentions and the Lady Mary Christian (parts 7-11) Peter Eastman
00:37:31
Play 06 The Marriage of the Lady Mary Christian (parts 1-4) Peter Eastman
00:27:10
Play 07 The Marriage of the Lady Mary Christian (parts 5-9) Peter Eastman
00:31:16
Play 08 The War in South Africa (parts 1-3) Peter Eastman
00:32:59
Play 09 The War in South Africa (parts 4-6) Peter Eastman
00:32:40
Play 10 Lady Mary Justin (parts 1-5) Peter Eastman
00:38:57
Play 11 Lady Mary Justin (parts 6-10) Peter Eastman
00:46:42
Play 12 Lady Mary Justin (parts 11-14) Peter Eastman
00:53:52
Play 13 Beginning Again (parts 1-4) Peter Eastman
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Play 14 Beginning Again (parts 5-9) Peter Eastman
00:27:06
Play 15 This Swarming Business of Mankind (parts 1-2) Peter Eastman
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Play 16 This Swarming Business of Mankind (parts 3-6) Peter Eastman
00:33:16
Play 17 The Spirit of the New World (parts 1-7) Peter Eastman
00:36:56
Play 18 The Spirit of the New World (parts 8-12) Peter Eastman
00:34:26
Play 19 Mary Writes (parts 1-3) Peter Eastman
00:30:10
Play 20 Mary Writes (part 4) Peter Eastman
00:30:41
Play 21 Mary Writes (parts 5-7) Peter Eastman
00:20:37
Play 22 The Last Meeting (parts 1-6) Peter Eastman
00:47:07
Play 23 The Last Meeting (parts 7-12) Peter Eastman
00:36:09
Play 24 The Arraignment of Jealousy Peter Eastman
00:11:54