The Island of Dr. Moreau

Wells, H. G.

Book - 2002
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Island of Dr. Moreau
"Written in 1896, The Island of Dr. Moreau is one of the earliest scientific romances. An instant sensation, it was meant as a commentary on Darwin's theory of evolution, which H.G. Wells stoutly believed. The story centers on the depraved Dr. Moreau, who conducts unspeakable animal experiments on a remote tropical island, with hideous, human-like results. Edward Prendick, an English-man whose misfortunes bring him to the island, is witness to the Beast Folk's strange civilization and their eventual terrifying regression. While gene-splicing and bioengineering are common practices today, readers are still astounded at Wells's haunting vision and the ethical questions he raised a century before our time."--Jacket.

Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2002
Edition: Modern Library pbk. ed
ISBN: 0375760962
Branch Call Number: FICTION WELLS 2002
Characteristics: xxxi, 206 p. ;,21 cm


From Library Staff

In Season 2, Episode 8 of Orphan Black a character is reading this classic novel -- that's no accident, as Wells' book was about a scientist who went too far.

A mad scientist sort of character who is doing what amounts to genetic engineering, and the ethical and practical consequences of his tinkering are a major element of this storyline.

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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
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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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