Tono-Bungay
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Tono-Bungay

By Herbert George Wells
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A highly imaginative satire of the business and advertising worlds, starring a hapless scientist and a scheming quack 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. 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. Social satire in the best tradition of Evelyn Waugh, but with elements of futuristic science, this is an excellent crossover book for Wells's sci-fi fans.

Table of Contents
  • TONO-BUNGAY
  • BOOK THE FIRST
    • THE DAYS BEFORE TONO-BUNGAY WAS INVENTED
  • CHAPTER THE FIRST
    • OF BLADESOVER HOUSE, AND MY MOTHER; AND THE CONSTITUTION OF SOCIETY
  • CHAPTER THE SECOND
    • OF MY LAUNCH INTO THE WORLD AND THE LAST I SAW OF BLADESOVER
  • CHAPTER THE THIRD
    • THE WIMBLEHURST APPRENTICESHIP
  • BOOK THE SECOND
    • THE RISE OF TONO-BUNGAY
  • CHAPTER THE FIRST
    • HOW I BECAME A LONDON STUDENT AND WENT ASTRAY
  • CHAPTER THE SECOND
    • THE DAWN COMES, AND MY UNCLE APPEARS IN A NEW SILK HAT
  • CHAPTER THE THIRD
    • HOW WE MADE TONO-BUNGAY HUM
  • CHAPTER THE FOURTH
    • MARION I
  • BOOK THE THIRD
    • THE GREAT DAYS OF TONO-BUNGAY
  • CHAPTER THE FIRST
    • THE HARDINGHAM HOTEL, AND HOW WE BECAME BIG PEOPLE
  • CHAPTER THE SECOND
    • OUR PROGRESS FROM CAMDEN TOWN TO CREST HILL
  • CHAPTER THE THIRD
    • SOARING
  • CHAPTER THE FOURTH
    • HOW I STOLE THE HEAPS OF QUAP FROM MORDET ISLAND
  • BOOK THE FOURTH
    • THE AFTERMATH OF TONO-BUNGAY
  • CHAPTER THE FIRST
    • THE STICK OF THE ROCKET
  • CHAPTER THE SECOND
    • LOVE AMONG THE WRECKAGE
  • CHAPTER THE THIRD
    • NIGHT AND THE OPEN SEA
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