The Island of Dr. Moreau

The Island of Dr. Moreau

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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.
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


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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.

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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Nov 24, 2016

Creepy and Pertinent

I read this for the first time many years ago when I was 12 or 13. It creeped me out then and when I picked it up recently again it creeps me out still. Ugh. I felt so sorry for those poor creatures that I simply did not want to believe what I knew to be the truth. Best read on or around Hallowe'en. Sad and depressing because we have not come so far in our attitudes toward animals - or our treatment thereof. A read albeit short read.

Cynthia_N Oct 31, 2016

I didn't realize that this book was originally published in the 1890s! The horrors on the island stand the test of time. Good read!

BklynRakishaK Aug 02, 2016

Though I am not a frequent reader of science fiction, the suspense and dark realities revealed in H.G. Wells' peculiar, speculative novel truly made me think about humans, animals, and how different we really are. Despite its setting miles from civilization on a fictional island, The Island of Dr Moreau really pulled me into the Victorian era and its attitudes about science and evolution.

Jul 26, 2015

I enjoyed this book. This skillfully combines social satire, horror and terror very well.

Jul 10, 2015

A suspenseful novel with very little in the way of actual action when it does happen. The human characters of Dr. Moreau and Montgomery are not evil, but they are not particularly likeable either. The main character is easily frightened and seems to be in a state of constant panic. It is a wonder he even survived the entire ordeal.

Oct 24, 2013

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

unbalancedbutfair Apr 27, 2013

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

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.

KSJT Aug 29, 2011

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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Jul 06, 2015

"It's chance, I tell you," he interrupted, "as everything is in a man's life."

Jun 23, 2015

There is, though I do not know how there is or why there is, a sense of infinite peace and protection in the glittering hosts of heaven. There it must be, I think, in the vast and eternal laws of matter, and not in the daily cares and sins and troubles of men, that whatever is more than animal within us must find its solace and its hope. -- Ch. 22

Jun 16, 2015

To this day I have never troubled about the ethics of the matter. The study of Nature makes a man at last as remorseless as Nature.
-- Ch. 14

KSJT Aug 29, 2011

"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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Nov 24, 2016

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Mar 05, 2013

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KSJT thinks this title is suitable for All Ages


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Jul 23, 2015

A survivor of a shipwreck finds himself on an island where a mad scientist named Dr. Moreau is turning animals into human-like beings.

Jul 06, 2015

Edward Prendick is stranded at sea when rescued and taken to a mysterious island run by Dr. Moreau. There, he learns of strange, and unsettling experiments being performed on animals transforming them and their intelligence.


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