- H. G. Wells (Cyclopedia of World Authors, Fourth Revised Edition)
- H. G. Wells (Dictionary of World Biography: The 20th Century)
- H. G. Wells (Critical Survey of Long Fiction, Fourth Edition)
- H. G. Wells (Critical Survey of Short Fiction, Second Revised Edition)
- Theory of Short Fiction (Critical Survey of Short Fiction, Second Revised Edition)
At a glance:
- Author: H. G. Wells
- First Published: 1904
- Type of Plot: Fable
- Time of Work: The early 1900’s
- Setting: An imaginary valley in Ecuador
- Characters: Núñez, Yacob, Medina-Sarote
- Genres: Fable, Short fiction
- Subjects: Blindness or blind persons, Marriage, Manners or customs, Disabilities or physically challenged persons, Diseases, South America or South Americans, Learning or scholarship, Mountains, Mountaineering, Vision
- Locales: South America, Ecuador
Long years ago, a valley in Ecuador’s Andes was accessible to all. Then came a great landslide that cut the valley off from the outside world. An early settler who chanced to be outside the valley when the earthquake occurred was never able to return. Before he died, he described the place whence he came. A place where it never rained or snowed, it was a virtual utopia until a strange disease rendered everyone blind. Because people then considered sin to be the cause of disease, the settler was chosen to leave the valley to find priests to build a shrine that would...
(The entire page is 1444 words.)
Want to read the whole thing?
Subscribe now to read the rest of this article. Plus, get access to:
- 30,000+ literature study guides
- Critical essays on more than 30,000 works of literature from Salem on Literature (exclusive to eNotes)
- An unparalleled literary criticism section. 40,000 full-length or excerpted essays.
- Content from leading academic publishers, all easily citable with our "Cite this page" button.
- 100% satisfaction guarantee READ MORE
Popular QuestionsSee all »
- Describe Nunez's character in The Country of the Blind. Which aspects of human nature does his character represent?
- How does the story make you feel?
- Why does Wells begin his novel with a description of the history and geography in "The Country of the Blind?" i know its to...
- What do we mean by the proverb "In the country of the blind the one-eyed man is the king"?