The Island of Dr. Moreau

Wells, H. G.

(Book - 2002)
Average Rating: 3.5 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.

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Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2002
Edition: Modern Library pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780375760969
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

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.


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