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The Island of Dr. Moreau

Wells, H. G. (Book - 2002 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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"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.
Authors: Wells, H. G. (Herbert George), 1866-1946
Title: The island of Dr. Moreau
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2002
Edition: Modern Library pbk. ed
Characteristics: xxxi, 206 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: H.G. Wells ; foreword by Peter Straub
Notes: Includes reading group guide (p. 205-206)
Summary: "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.
ISBN: 9780375760969
0375760962
Branch Call Number: FICTION WELLS 2002
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references
Subject Headings: Animal experimentation Fiction
Genre/Form: Science fiction
Topical Term: Animal experimentation
LCCN: 2002072526
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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.


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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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