The Island of Doctor Moreau

Wells, H. G.

Book - 1993
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Island of Doctor Moreau
A classic of science fiction and a dark meditation on Darwinian thought in the late Victorian period, The Island of Doctor Moreau explores the possibility of civilization as a constraint imposed on savage human nature. The protagonist, Edward Prendick, finds himself stranded on an island with the notorious Doctor Moreau, whose experiments on the island's humans and animals result in unspeakable horrors. The critical introduction to this Broadview Edition gives particular emphasis to Wells's hostility towards religion as well as his thorough knowledge of the Darwinian thought of his time. Appendices provide passages from Darwin and Huxley related to Wells's early writing; in addition, excerpts from other writers illustrate late-nineteenth-century anxieties about social degeneration.

Publisher: London : J.M. Dent ; Rutland, Vt. : C.E. Tuttle, 1993.
ISBN: 1551113279
Characteristics: xxxvi, 137 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Aldiss, Brian W. (Brian Wilson), 1925-


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Oct 24, 2013
  • becker rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

If you enjoy reading Classic literature, this was a quick read and an interesting reflection of the scientific advances of the time

Apr 27, 2013
  • unbalancedbutfair rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I don't really know what I was expecting when I picked up this book but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It was written in a different time so despite being fairly short, it takes time to get through it. Time that I count well spent. It is everything that good sci-fi ought to be. Both thought provoking and engrossing while approaching taboo subjects. I encourage you to try it, and at least get to the chapter where Dr. Moreau explains his side. I highly doubt that you will wish to stop at that point. And its ending is brilliant. Very well written.

Feb 06, 2013
  • haPPY_FUn_baLL rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this classic. Like many novels written in the late nineteenth century, it takes a "new" technology (in this case - vivisection) and runs with it.

Aug 29, 2011
  • KSJT rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I thuroughly enjoyed the island of Dr. Moreau. The way it was written you are in Pendrick's head and can hear his thoughts.


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Aug 29, 2011
  • KSJT rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"At any rate they were an amazingly ugly gang, and over the heads of them, under the forward lug, peered the black face of the man whose eyes were luminous in the dark."


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